In this section I’m bringing you some music reviews, which include both previous and current releases (with a couple of trips down memory lane). In this feature? Three albums by Lady Gaga, Systema Solar, and Russian Circles.
You can’t immediately say what sort of mess this is: beautiful or calamity? ArtPop’s promising opening with “Aura” starts getting confusing as the record goes on. Strings with no purpose, electronically modified voice overdose mix with a more mature voice tone (when it’s not modified). Lyrics-wise Lady Gaga does not evolve to a new place and stays at the “dance, dance” stage which she knows how to combine with empowerment oriented pop messages.
Notable songs: Aura, Fashion!, Applause
A rate?: 6,5/10
La revancha del burro
Back in 2010 the Colombian band surprised the electronic-world music scene with their first work. In 2013 they are back with a higher quality / more sophisticated result, which does not necessarily mean “better”. This album is a total rollercoaster with amazing pieces like the marvelous “Yo Voy Gana’o” and “El Botón del Pantalón”, “Tukupakata”; disappointing tracks include the over-electrified “La Rana” and “Nite Nine”. Every single track has a very promising and exciting start but not all of them get to keep the enthusiasm going on.
Notable songs: Yo Voy Gana’o, El Botón Del Pantalón, Artificial
A rate?: 7,2/10
Evolution. This is what Russian Circles demonstrate in their new work. You can notice a bolder attitude in this achievement which takes you through a vital journey of instrumental rock pleasure. The great execution of “1777” and the subsequent enjoyable rest with “Cheyenne” is outstanding. The performance of Chelsea Wolfe in “Memorial” gives the album a spirit-full conclusion.
Notable songs: Memorian, 1777
A rate?: 8,8/10