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From garage to pop:

Franz Ferdinand
“Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action”
Domino, August 2013

It can be hard for any band to live up to their first hit single (“Take Me Out”), but especially if they’re erratic in their music production. Specifically, Franz Ferdinand has undergone some inactivity since their 2009 album, “Tonight.” Still, the band forges on, and their newly released and highly anticipated “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” proves their best and most memorable ever.

Their single “Love Illumination” contains beautiful melodies and guitar riffs of their old music, plus more. It is much better than “Right Action,” the first released single from “Right Thoughts.” It sounds like Franz Ferdinand understand what they are doing. The music is confident—and that’s a good thing, no matter how long it takes to release.

“Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” is everything their fans hope for and more, a throwback to ’80s new-wave pop.

Ellie Goulding
“Halcyon Days”
Interscope Records, Aug. 2013

With a similar artwork and title from her 2012 release “Halcyon,” Ellie Goulding’s new album, “Halcyon Days,” seems to be a happier, uplifting expansion. The first single, “Burn,” topped UK charts for two weeks

The song represents the album in its entirety: fresh, new, better. The lyrics represent a positive life change, especially in “Under Control”: “I feel like I’m dreaming again/I feel like I’m seeing again/I feel like I’m breathing again.

“Halcyon Days” is a great opportunity for Goulding to expand her range. She experiments with synthesizers and creates mixed sounds, which is great for electronic pop, a genre that’s growing by the minute.

Bad Cop
“The Light On”
Jeffery Drag Records, July, 2013

New music from a new band often gives a fresh perspective. They don’t have a past to compare their music to, so no one can judge them based on their previous work.

Bad Cop is a garage rock band from Tennessee who just released their brand new EP “The Light On.” They have a lot of the same elements of a typical garage band—distortion, muffled vocals. They also bring to the table their own style: a pop edge featuring ’60s mod throwbacks.

Usually I’m not a fan of a lot of repetition in lyrics, but Bad Cop gets away with it in “Light On” (“I still kill myself in my mind”); it’s not boring and comes together well for this particular song. Lead vocalist Adam Moult is perfect for this genre of music because his voice is low-pitched, and blends well with depth of musicality played by Alexander Owen Hartness, Mike Frazier Gicz, Mitch Danger Crimson, Brennan Walsh and (non-touring member) Kharl Merkley.

Overall, I love this EP and can’t wait to hear more from Bad Cop. They appear to have a lot of potential.

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