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CD Review

David Usher


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 and depressing.

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.

-Christina Chan


Action Pact
BMG Music

Few 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



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