Tillman desperately wants it to work but when his pompous attitude shines too bright in his tracks, the glare burns listeners’ eyes.
Spektor’s method of manipulating the dynamics and moods of her songs, gives them a playful feel and demonstrates her technical musical prowess.
This album jumps right into its harsh sound with title track “Bad Vibrations.” While old fans will recognize the dark, emo sound and possible nostalgic themes of early 2000s punk, other listeners will skip over this song. Under lead singer Jeremy McKinnon’s screaming vocals, a loud guitar riff follows an overdone beat, producing nothing more than a blaring tune.
Brooks Miner and Beverly Stokes have been working on their first album for over a year now, recording primarily in their small Brooklyn studio and in various parts of Ithaca. Their new indie-folk album, “All These Dotted Lines,” will be available online May 10.