CD REVIEWS: Mobile, The Creepshow, Oasis

Mobile. Tales From the City. Local 514-ers Mobile have just released Tales From the City, their second full-length album. Formally known as Moonraker, Mobile has risen to critical success in the past couple of years with their first album, Tomorrow Starts Today, which helped the band win a Juno Award for New Group of the Year. Luckily for their fans, Mobile has stayed true to their original sound. The new album sounds exactly like a Mobile album should-spacey and distorted, with indie rock undertones and pop rock hooks. The first single, “The Killer,” is strong and pop-y, but is dwarfed in comparison to the rhythmic potential in the second single, “Gravity,” which features a chorus that’s sure to get stuck in your head. Another standout track is “Slow Motion Car Crash,” which features reverberating electronic effects and distorted backing vocals built on a solid rock foundation. Tales From the City is a strong sophomore release from this Montreal band, and definitely deserves to be enjoyed from start to finish.– Kyle Carpenter

The Creepshow. Run For Your Life. Most people probably can’t say that they’ve listened to a psychobilly band before. But if you have, then you probably already know about The Creepshow, a female-fronted Toronto-based band that has just released their second album, Run For Your Life. For those who don’t know what psychobilly is, imagine rockabilly (country-based rock n’ roll) on speed. Run For Your Life is a witch’s brew of rockabilly, hard rock, and punk. Standout songs include the title track, “Buried Alive,” and “Demon Lover.” The album marks the debut of lead singer Sarah “Sin” Blackwood, who recently took over vocals from her sister who was featured on the first album. One drawback of the album is its repetitiveness. But if you like one song, chances are you’ll like the rest. Similar to rock godfathers Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne, The Creepshow’s horror persona adds a fun and engrossing element to their music and stage presence, kind of like a bad slasher movie you just can’t stop watching. If you’re up for some fiendish fun this month, then grab a copy of Run For Your Life, just in time for Halloween.-Kyle Carpenter

Oasis. Dig Out Your Soul. Sometimes change is a good thing. Prolific British rock group Oasis’ seventh album, Dig Out Your Soul, offers fans something different from their past albums, and has already gained widespread praise in the music world. Lead vocalist Noel Gallagher proclaimed that he wanted to “throw the kitchen sink at” this album, which has a new sound that’s slightly more aggressive and less acoustic-showing a definite evolution from the band’s hit album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. The album’s first single, “The Shock of the Lightning” is infectious and memorable, but is eclipsed by several other notable tracks, including “Waiting for the Rapture” and the slower tune “Falling Down.” The group experiments with psychedelic tones à la Magical Mystery Tour with “(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady” and “To Be Where There’s Life”-just one example of the Beatles’ influence that pervades the album. As the album’s title suggests, many of the songs’ lyrics contain a philosophical slant-most notably in “The Nature of Reality”-filling the album with a depth and continuity that carries its energy through to the end. This album confirms Oasis’ status as one of the most significant contributors to the contemporary rock scene. Whether you’re a diehard Oasis fan or have somehow managed to avoid their increasingly pervasive rock influence, Dig Out Your Soul is an album to listen to over and over again in its entirety, in order to feel the strong emotion that the group puts into each track. These Brits continue to build their growing legacy with an album that doesn’t disappoint.-Carolyn Gregoire

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