Latest Scars on Broadway Stories

2008-09-24 21:00:22

By JASON SILVERSTEIN System of a Down never had a full-on, Beatlesesque creative meltdown, but any longtime fan probably could have guessed there was some tension rising in the band during its past few years. That would be thanks to Daron Malakian, formerly just a reliable source for awesome backing vocals and even better guitar playing, taking almost complete control of the band on its last two albums, "Mezmerize" and "Hypnotize." It's not like it was a detrimental change -- those albums...

2008-08-01 21:00:25

PAUL WELLER "22 Dreams" (Yep Roc) Grade: A- Weller, influential frontman of the Jam and Style Council, is making some of the most vital, ambitious music of his career. This sprawling collection is familiar but unlike anything the Modfather has done before. Pastoral instrumentals bookend Motown soul ("Cold Moments") and funky psychedelia ("Echoes Round the Sun," a collaboration with Oasis' Noel Gallagher); Britpop ("Black River") coexists with hard rock ("Push It Along"). "22 Dreams"...

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