Album Review: Carly Rae Jespen – E•MO•TION Side B

Album Review: Carly Rae Jespen – E•MO•TION Side B

Artist: Carly Rae Jespen Album: E•MO•TION Side B Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Date Of Release: September, 2016 Genre: Pop Reviewer: Penfold For Fans Of: Brenda Russell, Madonna, Prince Earlier this year when you were fucking around with Harambe memes and tugging your dick at the blossoming idea of donning a clown costume and freaking out some meth-addled teenagers, the darling of cult-pop released an EP that has even more to offer than the salad bar at Toowong Sizzler. Like Sizzler, it pairs well with an eightball and it’s dripping with barrels of 80’s nostalgia that you better believe you’ll be going back to again and again to eat yourself into a stupor. I am of course talking about Carly Rae Jepsen‘s latest offering, Emotion Side B. Side B is a collection of tracks which didn’t make the original cut for her incredible 3rd studio album Emotion, but don’t let that faze you. There are tracks on Side B that knock some that made the standard edition right outta the park. Emotion was released late last year to almost universal critical acclaim (including from us at IPHYB) and was widely regarded as a complete 180 from Jepsen’s original saccharine-sweet “Call Me Maybe” persona. Whilst it didn’t set the world on fire commercially, Jepsen is now officially cooler than Swifty for her efforts. Side B is not a full album, and shouldn’t be listened to in a cohesive manner, but what it does offer are eight tracks with unlimited replay value. We’re greeted by bright synths, driving basslines, and melodies like crack with the opening song, ‘First Time’. The overriding themes...
Album Review: OSAKA PUNCH – Voodoo Love Machine

Album Review: OSAKA PUNCH – Voodoo Love Machine

Band: Osaka Punch Album: Voodoo Love Machine Genre: Progressive/funk/hoedown/pop/spaghetti western/jazz/rock/honkey-tonk fusion Date of Release: 30th May 2016 Location: Brisbane, Australia Reviewer: Matthew Byrne For Fans Of: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Luis Bacalov, and Mr Bungle Track Listing: 01 ‘Theme to Voodoo Love Machine’ (1:22) 02 ‘Eat Red Carpet’ (5:17) 03 ‘Actibreeze’ (4:04) 04 ‘Funky Brother’ (3:20) 05 ‘Sex Panther’ (7:12) 06 ‘Battleworm (Escapes from Doom)’ (4:09) 07 ‘Dancetown Showdown’ (5:51) 08 ‘Muted Woot’ (3:54) 09 ‘Electric Jam on Boogie’ (4:54) 10 ‘Livin The Dream’ If you’re a local Australian music fan with a functioning set of ears, you’re no doubt familiar with Brisbane band Osaka Punch (formerly known as The Kidney Thieves). They’re best known for their eclectic playful blend of prog, funk, jazz, spaghetti western hoedown, metal, and just about any other genre you can think of. So, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably experiencing the following emotions at the thought of a new Osaka Punch album – happiness, joy, excitement, glee, exhilaration, elation, and almost definitely arousal. Bad news is, however, there’s no new Osaka Punch album, I’m sorry. If I may quote myself post-coitus, “I’m sorry for letting you down.” In fact, this review is for Voodoo Love Machine. “But Matt, Voodoo Love Machine came out in 2012! It’s been out for years, catch up.” “Well fuck my ass and call me Sally, Batman, good job! I didn’t know that thanks for blowing this case wide open gee whiz that explains why they call you the world’s greatest detective I just thought they were being sarcastic but it turns out I’ve been wrong all...
Album Review: Fever Daydream – The Black Queen

Album Review: Fever Daydream – The Black Queen

Artist: The Black Queen Album: Fever Daydream Genre: Electro-pop/Synthpop Date of Release: 29/01/2016 Location: Los Angeles Reviewer: Benjamin Muir For Fans Of: Dillinger Escape Plan, Blakq Audio, Side-Projects Track Listing: 1. ‘Now When I’m This’ (2:45) 2. ‘The Ice to Never’ (4:46) 3. ‘The End Where We Start’ (4:02) 4. ‘Secret Scream’ (3:21) 5. ‘Maybe We Should/Non-Consent’ (5:37) 6. ‘Distanced’ (4:55) 7. ‘Strange Quark’ (2:28) 8. ‘That Death Cannot Touch’ (3:50) 9. ‘Taman Shud’ (5:25) 10. ‘Apocalypse Morning’ (6:46) I have been sitting on this review for a very long time. Amidst university assignments for the semester and my own band, I have had very little time to review others. After weeks of strictly formatted essays, I was looking forward to being able to put forward a more-or-less stream of consciousness review while giving some new music a proper listen. A few months ago Chris asked me if I would review The Black Queen’s Fever Daydream. Being a fan of The Dillinger Escape Plan, I agreed happily. Let me preface by stating, I was really hoping that I would be able to fairly and objectively review this release without reference to Dillinger, to whom The Black Queen is more or less “the singer’s side project” (and fuck me, is it ever that), but I found myself singularly unable to do so in spite of my best efforts. By having noisy interesting stuff in the first few bars then not for the rest of the album, that first into is the equivalent of mathcore nerd coitus interruptus. It’s bullshit. With the feedback-based intro track, I had, if only for a...
Song Review: Zayn – “Pillowtalk”

Song Review: Zayn – “Pillowtalk”

Artist: Zayn Song: ‘Pillowtalk’ Genre: R&B, Electronic Date of Release: 29th January 2016 Location: England, United Kingdom Reviewer: Khaleesi For Fans Of: One Direction (because admit it, you’re lost without Zayn there), The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Usher, Ne-Yo Last year we heard the faint sound of fangirl heartbreak when it was announced Zayn Malik would be leaving One Direction. Apparently he wanted to be a ‘normal’ 22 year-old, but we all knew that was not only a lie, but also impossible. You can’t just leave a boy band with such a massive fanbase and expect a normal life. It doesn’t work that way. Anyway, Zayn has done the inevitable: start a solo music career. This could mean that Zayn becomes the ‘Justin Timberlake’ of One Direction … that is, unless Harry Styles, who recently parted ways with One Direction’s management, comes along and steals the spotlight, continuing to be perceived as the Beyonce of One Direction. After waiting almost a year, I was excited to finally listen to what Zayn has to offer in his debut into his solo music career. In terms of vocals in One Direction, it was clear Zayn was on the higher end of the scale, as he was able to hit the higher notes and even featured in a lot of their songs. ‘Pillowtalk’ allows us to fully appreciate his vocal style which certainly suits the R&B genre. Admittedly, it felt weird hearing only his voice rather than his and four others, and in an R&B/electronic style rather than the run-of-the-mill cheesy boy-band style. Nevertheless, it was definitely something I could get used to....
Album Review: One Direction – “Made in the A.M.”

Album Review: One Direction – “Made in the A.M.”

Band: One Direction Album: Made in the A.M. Genre: Pop Date of Release: 13th November 2015 Reviewer: Khaleesi For Fans Of: Justin Bieber, 5 Seconds of Summer, Conor Maynard Track Listing: 1. Hey Angel – 4:00 2. Drag Me Down – 3:12 3. Perfect – 3:50 4. Infinity – 4:09 5. End of the Day – 3:14 6. If I Could Fly – 3:50 7. Long Way Down – 3:12 8. Never Enough – 3:33 9. Olivia – 2:57 10. What a Feeling – 3:20 11. Love You, Goodbye – 3:16 12. I Want to Write You a Song – 2:59 13. History – 3:07 Ahh boy bands. They’ve always been a guilty pleasure of mine since childhood. One Direction is no exception here. It is very easy to say One Direction are the most successful losers of The X Factor in the UK after coming third all the way back in 2010, but scoring a record deal from Simon Cowell anyway. 2015 was quite a rollercoaster year for One Direction with Zayn Malik leaving the group, then the group itself announcing their hiatus following their On the Road Again Tour. If I were a crazy fangirl like the majority of One Direction’s following, I would be completely lost right now but hey, at least I got to listen to and review their final album, Made in the A.M., before the boys pulled a ‘Ross and Rachel’. If I were to make up a checklist for boy-band vocals, it would look a little bit like this: • Amazing harmonies which hypnotise anyone (girls in particular) who listens • A...
Album Review: Justin Bieber – “Purpose”

Album Review: Justin Bieber – “Purpose”

Artist: Justin Bieber Album: Purpose Genre: Pop Date of Release: 13th November 2015 Reviewer: Khaleesi For Fans Of: One Direction, Chris Brown Track Listing: 1. Mark My Words – 2:14 2. I’ll Show You – 3:19 3. What Do You Mean? – 3:25 4. Sorry – 3:20 5. Love Yourself – 3:53 6. Company – 3:28 7. No Pressure (ft. Big Sean) – 4:46 8. No Sense (ft. Travis Scott) – 4:35 9. The Feeling (ft. Halsey) – 4:04 10. Life is Worth Living – 3:54 11. Where Are Ü Now (ft. Skrillex & Diplo) – 4:02 12. Children – 3:43 13. Purpose – 3:30 Justin Bieber, Justin Drew Bieber. The ‘Joffrey Baratheon’ of pop music is back with another album – Purpose. I guess this album could be seen as Justin’s way of apologising to the world for his questionable acts in the past (i.e. vandalising property in Brazil and Australia, drag racing in the streets of Miami, peeing in a mop bucket, saying he hoped Anne Frank would have been a Belieber, egging his neighbour’s house, being carried by his bodyguards along the Great Wall of China … the list goes on). A lot of people seem to be digging Purpose and might have even forgiven him as a result. I, however, am not part of the majority here. Whenever I listen to Justin Bieber (post-‘Baby’ era), I get the feeling he’s trying to do his best Chris Brown impression. Why would he want to be Chris Brown? Who would want to be Chris Brown? I’m pretty sure Chris Brown himself doesn’t want to be Chris Brown,...
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