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    Album Review: Cursed Arrows – Sonic Union

    I accidentally bought Sonic Union by Cursed Arrows. I use the word “accidentally” to explain things I did not intend to do, but ultimately did. Usually this is for a few reasons, but most times, it’s just plain laziness. “I accidentally slept in, because I didn’t set an alarm”, “I accidentally spent my whole paycheck at the merch table, but it cost the same as doing laundry”, “I accidentally got drunk because the bartender asked me if I wanted another drink”. I had intended to review Cursed Arrows‘ previous album, The Madness Of Crowds, and jumped on their Facebook Page to see if any lyrics were posted (upon further investigation, the lyrics are printed on a separate piece of paper, with the CD). I was surprised to find out that they had released something brand new, and off to Cursed Arrows’ Bandcamp I went. So, “I accidentally bought Sonic Union, but I had the money in my Paypal account”.

    Liner notes WITH lyrics. YES!
    Liner notes WITH lyrics. YES!

    It seams a lot of bands lately have tried to, or accidentally, become a sub-genre, of a sub-genre, of a sub-genre. Shedding the label of ROCK (We’ll just blame Nickelback for that). Before I go too far into what is a complete separate post, Sonic Union is just a great, naked (I’m putting theses parenthesis here to stop myself from creating the sub-genre Naked-Rock), ROCK album. Cursed Arrows deliver stories of warning, love, corruption and loss, among other things, over eleven tracks (45:28). Each track features a new character, telling a different story, from a different place. The liner notes with the download have a high resolution. I was able to read along with the record, something I’ve always enjoyed doing. I feel it keeps you attached to the music rather than being distracted by the rest of the world. Plus, I believe the sleeves, cases, liner notes, whatever you want to call them, are a visual extension of the album. So thanks for that Cursed Arrows.

     

    If you think the lyrics are good, trying listening to them to music!
    If you think the lyrics are good, trying listening to them to music!

    Sonic Union is heavy in blues. Heavy in noise and feedback and tone. Heavy in emotion. Heavy in soul. Not the Motown kind of soul. The, it’s from a special place, kind of soul. There are hints of Rock & Roll, Punk, Alternative, Grunge and Pop, but the album never commits to any of them. Sonic Union just dances around the fringes of said genres, staying true at the core, and commits to being a great Rock record. Cursed Arrows have created their most diverse offering to date with the marriage of so many styles. The name Sonic Union fits the album perfectly. Sonic Union and Cursed Arrows have me wishing all of my accidents could be this amazing.

    Music Monday April 23, 2012

    Hey everyone!

    I know Aaron introduced me last week, but I thought I’d give a proper hello. I’m Teresa and I’ll be hosting my long-running column Music Monday here on Music Lives from now on.  Every Monday I’ll tell you what I’ve been listening to. Whether it’s introducing you to a new up and coming band, revisiting one of my old favorites or reminding you why you love a particular band, Ill be showing you what I think you should be listening to right now. I love suggestions and new music, so send me your comments and let me know what I should be checking out. Enjoy, and thank you all for my warm welcome into the Music Lives family!

    -Teresa

     

     

    Music Monday April 23, 2012

     

    If Otis Redding and Janis Joplin had an illegitimate child that was later adopted by Kings of Leon and frequently visited by their weird uncle Jack White, Alabama Shakes would be that kid.

     

    Alabama Shakes  released their first full-length album last week called ‘boys and girls’ that has been on constant rotation in my playlists. In a matter of months, they’ve went from virtually unknown to playing the Lettermen show this week and being added to MTV’s ’11 artists to watch list’, and for good reason. They sound like a proper southern rock band, but with a unexpected soul; a grittiness that makes me want to be in a bar with sawdust on the floor, dancing hip-to-hip with a stranger to this song. A bluesy sound that makes me nostalgic for 70s rock, I’m pretty sure everyone can find something they like on Alabama Shakes new album.

     

    If you like this song, check out my other favorite on the album ‘You ain’t alone’, it’s a little slower, but with a little more keys and just as much passion.  When you’re done, search for a live performance of them, I guarantee you’ll be absolutely blown away.

     

    So click play, close your eyes and turn up the speakers. Don’t fight it, let your fingers snap along (they will), toe tap that floor and get ready to get nostalgic for everything you miss about rock and roll.

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