ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Continuing the success of his second solo album Morning Orbit,
Moist singer David Usher puts forth Hallucinations. Two years
have past since his last tour and disc, but not a lot has changed
in terms of style and sound.
Usher is still ethereal and high-pitched with his vocals, leaving
his audience ecstasy-high throughout the whole album. The lyrical
content is still classic David Usher - seriously nonsensical
One thing on this album that is different from his previous
releases is the polished production, which is loaded with more
guitar strumming, orchestration and electronic synths and scratches.
However, the track that does work is the cover of the Manic
Street Preachers' "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be
Next" with its melodic chorus and the haunting, water-dripping
effects that open the song.
Despite being a solid, listenable disc, those looking for a
breakthrough in Hallucinations or even songs that stick in your
mind will be disappointed.
bands have the humble ability to create music solely for their
fans rather than to vainly attempt writing the next big hit.
Sloan succeeds at both with their eighth full-length album,
Action Pact, which hearkens back to the pure rock-out vibe they
lost on their past couple of albums.
With lyrics like, “One thing I know about the rest of my life/I
know that I’ll be living it in Canada” (from the first single,
“Rest of My Life”) it’s obvious Sloan knows where their listeners
hail from and where their hearts lie.
The album starts off with the addictive head boppers “Gimme
That” and “Backstabber” and doesn’t let up until the last track.
With smug yet hopeless love ballads (“Ready for You”) and rallying
cries for a nameless cause (“Reach Out”), Sloan is sure to have
sung a song for every indie music ear.
- Ashley Wittig