Skip to main content



Featured Post

Game Of Thrones Season 8 - End Game With Sinhala Subtitles

Mobile Ads





Mike Krol - Power Chords Music Album Reviews

Pledging allegiance to fuzz, this power-pop barrage squares off against heartache, disappointment, and sleepless nights—and survives.

The portrait of Mike Krol that graces the cover of his fourth album, Power Chords, could pass for a stock photo of any musician noodling alone on the guitar in a bedroom. Except Krol is sporting a black eye, a fat lip, and bloodied fingers. After listening to the record, you may be amazed he emerged with just a few bumps and bruises. Power Chords is among the most visceral and violent documents of heartache, disappointment, and sleepless nights in recent rock memory. Krol relives the details of broken relationships with muses both real and figurative, as if trapped in his own nightmarish version of Groundhog Day. Heads bang against walls. Hearts get stabbed. Ambulances are called. And yet, it’s also one of the most exuberant, energizing, and fun albums you’ll hear all year, maximizing both sides of the power-pop equation.

Krol has long fused cotton-candied melodies to pedal-pushing overdrive in a way that harkens back to the late-2000s bubble-punk of Jay Reatard, Smith Westerns, and King Tuff. But on Power Chords, Krol’s unwavering allegiance to fuzz feels less a function of practical necessity and more a requisite aesthetic enhancement for these 11 songs. Omnipresent distortion is the rusty blade that allows him to open up and bleed, to deliver each self-flagellating lyric as if shouting into the last functioning payphone in town.

At 33 minutes, Power Chords is about twice as long as the typical Mike Krol record, but it’s also his tightest and most frenzied work yet. Where past releases wandered into whimsical psychedelic balladry and meditative piano experiments, Power Chords commits to the woofer-blowing promise of its title with evangelical zeal. The record, Krol says, is his raucous reaction to a career-stalling bout of self-doubt and soul searching that followed his 2015 Merge debut, Turkey. It’s an attempt to reconnect with the primal pleasures of making an unholy racket, and “What’s the Rhythm” provides the perfect demonstration of this therapeutic mission. The verses present an unflinching portrait of emotional paralysis, but the killer chorus is instantly invigorating, like an adrenaline shot jabbed into the chest.

Even as Power Chords cruises in the red, Krol is constantly changing course. The careening “Little Drama” sounds like it could’ve been salvaged from Dave Grohl’s early Foo Fighters demos, but just when it seems like Krol is losing control, he shrewdly locks into a tambourine-rattled backbeat. “Nothing to Yell About,” meanwhile, belongs to an alternate universe where the Strokes never made it out of the Lower East Side, burrowed deeper underground, and started dabbling in space-rock freakouts. And with “Arrow in My Heart,” Krol drifts toward bona fide balladry, with a slow-motion T. Rex strut that strips away Marc Bolan’s cosmic jive to deliver brutal truth. “You shot that thing at me/And then you watched me bleed,” he sings to some unnamed adversary, “but then, when I come after you, I’ll let you know that I ain’t through.” Sure, a life in rock’n’roll has left Krol battered. But the resolute look in his eyes seems to say: Is that all you got?

View the original article here



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

Game Of Thrones Season 8 - End Game With Sinhala Subtitles

10in Google Home Hub Release Date & Spec Rumours: Nest Hub Max Spotted

Google introduced its 7in Home Hub just as Amazon updated its Echo Show to a 10in design, but the big G could be working on a larger smart display. Here's what we know about the 10in Google Home Hub, aka Nest Hub Max.
We couldn't help feeling sorry for Google back in October 2018 when it finally unveiled its long anticipated smart display - just as Amazon took the wraps off its second-gen Echo Show, now with a larger 10in screen.

Salted Caramel Pistachio-Apricot Baklava

This sweet dessert pastry is made with thin, flaky, buttery layers of phyllo dough and filled with sweet apricots, lightly salted pistachio nuts, and a bit of brown sugar. An apricot caramel sauce is drizzled over the cooled baklava and the entire dessert is sprinkled with coarse salt, providing a sweet and salty bang with each bite.

Microsoft No More Interested In Recommending Usage Of Internet Explorer

The Internet Explorer brand has been cracked down by software giant Microsoft about four years back while choosing Edge as its modern browser for Windows 10. The Internet Explorer has served for several years for Windows and for business compatibility but Microsoft is no more supporting it with the new web standards.

2019 Tesla Model S Review

Handsome, elegant exterior designSupercar-shaming accelerationGood ride comfortEase of the Supercharger networkUpdates keep making car betterDISLIKES
Not quite a luxury car insideTight rear-seat entry/exitContinual updates keep changing featuresFussy doorsSix-figure price tag for most desirable versionsBUYING TIP
The low-price Model S is gone. If it must be a Tesla and you don’t need all-wheel drive or don’t have six figures, consider a Model 3.Though the Model 3 is all the rage, the larger 2019 Tesla Model S remains a stunning achievement and design trendsetter, albeit somewhat dated in the details.
The Tesla Model S wasn’t the first model from the California electric carmaker, but it’s the one that put Tesla on the trajectory as an innovator. It was unprecedented in many ways and has already earned a place in history books—the fastest volume-production plug-in car; the longest-range electric car; and the first production car built on a platform that provides over-the-air updates.

Like Fan Page