Arctic Monkeys – “At The Apollo” CD and DVD review

Artist: Arctic Monkeys Title: At The Apollo Label: Warner Bros. Rating: 6/10 Corporate line: Exclusive two disc (DVD/CD) U.S. edition includes a bonus 10 track live album recorded in Austin, Texas (exclusive to this release). “At The Apollo” is the first ever official live DVD release by the Arctic Monkeys. The 76 minute film documents …

The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die – review

The fifth studio album by the acclaimed and controversial British Electronic act. As one of the most successful and respected Dance groups of recent times, this album sees the return of both Keith Flint and Maxim to the fold for their most exciting album to date. Included are collaborations with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and James Rushent (Does It Offend You Yeah).

The Fray – The Fray – review

2009 album from the Denver-based quartet, the follow-up to their enormously successful How To Save A Life. The Fray, who exploded into worldwide success with that album, have captured the skilled songwriting that broke them and, with the help of acclaimed producers Mike Flynn and Aaron Johnson, created a set of songs sure to make them household names.

Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You – review

“It’s Not Me, It’s You,” is the follow-up to Lily Allen’s critically acclaimed 2007 debut, Alright, Still. The album finds Lily in top form, creating a record Blender’s recent “In The Studio” feature described as “part God, part country and all middle finger.”

Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand – review

Corporate line: The third album from Glasgow-based modern rockers. Tonight: Franz Ferdinand sees them taking a step back from the Post-Punk revival sounds that gave them their breakthrough. With “Tonight: Franz Ferdinand,” the band are seen to incorporate more disparate influences such as Jamaican Dub and elements of Electronica. What remains of the old Franz …

Bruce Springsteen – Working on a Dream – review

Corporate line: The 2009 album by one of the finest American songwriters of his generation. “Working on a Dream” was recorded with the E Street Band and features 12 new Springsteen compositions plus a bonus track: ‘The Wrestler’. . It is the fourth collaboration between Springsteen and Brendan O’Brien, who produced and mixed the album. …

Hoobastank – Fornever – review

Corporate line: The 2009 album from the Alterna-Rock heroes, produced by Howard Benson who is best known for his work with My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, Reliant K and Flyleaf. When a band has as much success as Hoobastank, the motivation to top itself must come from within. That renewed desire can be heard from the …

White Lies – To Lose My Life – review

Artist: White Lies Title: To Lose My Life Label: 101 Rating: 6/10 Corporate line: Since opening the NME New Noise Tour in ’08, White Lies have played well-received festival slots at Latitude, T In The Park, Fuji Rock Japan and a main stage performance at Lollapalooza festival in the US. Recorded at ICP studios in …