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Haim Some­thing To Tell You Uni­ver­sal

IT’S hard to keep your feet from groov­ing to the mu­sic of Haim’s sopho­more al­bum Some­thing To

Tell You. The trio – com­pris­ing sis­ters Danielle, Este and Alana Haim – caught the world’s at­ten­tion when its 2013 de­but al­bum Days

Are Gone gave us a unique brand of feel good, retro num­bers.

Some­thing To Tell You is a nice fol­low-up, fea­tur­ing more of their con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the mu­sic of the 1970s. The 11-track re­lease opens with lead sin­gle

Want You Back, which boasts an in­fec­tious, fin­ger-snap­ping cho­rus. Who knew a song about pin­ing for an ex-lover’s re­turn could sound so happy? The sin­gle is prob­a­bly Haim’s best shot at main­stream suc­cess.

Lit­tle Of Your Love is an­other track des­tined for re­peated ra­dio air­play. It’s a fun, charm­ing num­ber that’ll have you walk­ing with a pep in your step.

To­wards the end of the al­bum, Haim slows down quite a bit with bal­lads Right Now and Night So

Long, some­thing the trio didn’t re­ally ex­plore in the first al­bum. The band’s qui­eter mo­ments, es­pe­cially in Night So Long, gives off a moody vibe we haven’t heard be­fore – a nice con­trast to the al­bum’s over­all bright­ness.

Com­pared to Haim’s de­but, the sis­ters are sound­ing catchier than ever, and in some ways, more com­mer­cially ac­ces­si­ble in Some­thing

To Tell You .– Ken­neth Chaw

Bro­ken So­cial Scene Hug Of Thun­der Arts & Crafts

“THINGS are gonna get bet­ter. Can’t get worse,” sings Ariel En­gle, one of the many vo­cal­ists on Hug

Of Thun­der, the fifth Bro­ken So­cial Scene al­bum, and the first in seven years for the Toronto col­lec­tive.

That di­chotomy is cen­tral to Bro­ken So­cial Scene, whose cel­e­bra­tory an­thems find hope amid ten­sion and doubt.

The band, a cadre of 17 helmed by Kevin Drew and Bren­dan Can­ning and in­clud­ing Les­lie Feist and mem­bers of Met­ric and Stars, har­nesses the power of a large num­ber of play­ers to cre­ate deeply tex­tured songs that range from widescreen and force­ful to sub­tle and in­ti­mate.

Hug Of Thun­der is their best since their 2002 clas­sic You For­got It In Peo­ple. It bal­ances calm, med­i­ta­tive pas­sages with tri­umphant, soar­ing hooks, some­times in suc­ces­sive songs (Sol Luna and Half­way Home), some­times within one (Mouth Guards Of The Apoc­a­lypse). It’s rich with voices, with layer upon layer of gui­tars, and with joy in the power and spirit of loud, rap­tur­ous cho­ruses. – Steve Klinge/The Philadel­phia In­quirer/Tri­bune News Ser­vice

Sheer Mag Need to Feel Your Love Wil­suns

SHEER Mag are re­ally, re­ally good at mak­ing rip-it-up 1970s gui­tar jams in tightly coiled songs that de­liver choice pop hooks and turn-it-up-to-11 six string riffage. But along with Tina Hal­la­day’s pow­er­house vo­cals and Kyle Seely’s gui­tar hero­ics, the Philadel­phia band have other sig­nif­i­cant at­tributes that make them­selves ap­par­ent on their first full length al­bum (af­ter three buzz-build­ing EPs.)

Yes, Need To Feel Your Love has more than its fair share of hard driv­ing songs of love and long­ing — see the ti­tle cut, the al­most funky Pure De­sire, and Can’t Play It Cool. But the five­some also mix it up mu­si­cally with con­fi­dence, from the coun­try-folk of Un­til You Find The One to Suf­fer Me, which is sea­soned with Lynyrd Skynyrd, South­ern rock flavour.

Sheer Mag also un­equiv­o­cally stake their claim as a re­sis­tance rock band. The 12-song set opens with Meet Me In The Street, a call to arms that be­gins: “Smoke hangs in the air to the east of the river / And the trun­cheons are primed and keen to de­liver.”

Ex­pect The Bay­o­net is­sues a prom­ise to re­sist by any means nec­es­sary; Suf­fer Me evokes the Stonewall gay rights riot of 1969; and the ter­rific clos­ing power pop salvo (Say Good­bye To) So­phie Scholl, nom­i­nates the Ger­man, anti-Nazi ac­tivist ex­e­cuted dur­ing WWII as a hero for our time.

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