Reviews of albums that matter

 

What We Do

The Sonic Collective’s intention is to share and listen in depth to an album of significant importance (to be deemed by the selector) on a monthly basis.

Selections shall fit the following criteria:

  • Work is at least 5 years old (based on original release date)
  • Can be of any genre
  • Has to be an original album (no greatest hits, soundtracks or compilations; can be a soundtrack if it’s entirely original material, composed and compiled for this purpose - eg. Saturday Night Fever)


 

This Month's Pick

  • Depeche Mode: Some Great Reward

    Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward Alain DuPuis 1984 was a very important year, because that is the year I was thrust kicking and screaming into this mortal coil. Incidentally, a little known band that you’ve probably never heard of called Depeche Mode happened to release an album that same year, called Some Great Reward, which was important. I guess. All kidding aside, Depeche Mode …more

  • DJ Shadow: Entroducing

    DJ Shadow: Entroducing….. Scott Coates I came upon this album some years ago on a list of top albums of some sort or genre. I listened to pieces of it here and there, forgot about it, then when DJ Shadow’s Nobody Speak track came out in 2016, I was knocked-out and it spurred me to revisit Entroducing….. Released on September 16, 1996, he set out …more

  • Tom Petty: Wildflowers

    This is a really sad day. Tom Petty has passed away. I’m actually a bit late getting my pick up as usually we have them ready on the first. I planned to update today and when I woke up I heard that Tom had a cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital. I since recorded my segment about his pick and now just found …more

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival: Pendulum

    It’s been a while since we rocked out together, and I think George Thorogood was the closest we got to Swampy. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum takes us back to the start of the seventies to enjoy one of the Woodstock headliners right before everything came apart. Their sixth studio album, it was the last one before John Fogerty left the band to pursue a …more

  • Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill

    July 1st marked the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, and I guess I’ve been feeling a little bit more patriotic than usual, so for this month’s pick, I’ve decided to stay close to home and celebrate one of Canada’s top female music talents. Alanis Morissette released the album Jagged Little Pill in June of 1995. I was surprised to learn it was actually her …more

  • Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

    I’ve recently been listening to concerts and tracks (Unfuck the World – amazing video) from the newly formed super-group Prophets of Rage and been enjoying them a good deal. Pumped for their album coming out in September 15, 2017. I also re-watched an episode of Dave Grohl’s Sonic Highways where Public Enemy frontman Chuck D is interviewed and it got me to thinking about Public …more

  • James Brown: Hell

    I’m actually as surprised as you were that we have been a group that specializes in reviewing influential artists and albums, but this is our first review of a James Brown album. I thought for sure that in out live album selection round that his Live at the Apollo album would have been chosen, but alas, it was not. I am very excited to really …more

  • Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual

    Hey there everybody, Scott G from the Sonic Collective here to introduce our pick for May, 2017. Recently we’ve gone through a number of bands with not only a unique sound, but signature style offstage. They left their stamp on pop culture and helped chart a generation. Read this article and then please listen to my audio above to hear why I selected this album. …more



 

The Reviews

  • Review of DJ Shadow: Entroducing

    Please read Scott Coates pick for DJ Shadow: Entroducing before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 3.5 Would I recommend?:4 Influenced my tastes: 3 Worth the hype?: 3.5 Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 2.75 Would I recommend?: 2 Influenced my tastes: 2 Worth the hype? 3 Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 3 Would I recommend?: 3 Influenced my tastes: 3 Worth the hype? 3 Alain DuPuis: …more

  • Review of Tom Petty: Wildflowers

    Please read Darren Scott’s pick for Tom Petty: Wildflowers/a> before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 5 Worth the hype? 5 Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 5 Worth the hype? 5 Alain DuPuis: Overall opinion: 4.5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 4.5 Worth the …more

  • Review of CCR: Pendulum

    Please read Scott Gregory’s pick for CCR: Pendulum before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 4 Would I recommend?: 4 Influenced my tastes: 4 Worth the hype? 4 Alain DuPuis: Overall opinion: 3 Would I recommend?: 3 Influenced my tastes: 2 Worth the hype? 3 Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 4 Would I recommend?:4 Influenced my tastes: 4 Worth the hype?: 4 …more

  • Review of Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill

    Please read Alain DuPuis’ pick for Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Alain DuPuis: Overall opinion: 4 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 4 Worth the hype? 4 Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 4 Would I recommend?:4 Influenced my tastes: 2 Worth the hype?: 4 Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 4 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 3 Worth …more

  • Review of Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

    Please read Scott Coates pick for Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 4 Would I recommend?:4 Influenced my tastes: 3.5 Worth the hype?: 4 Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 5 Worth the hype? 5 Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 5 Worth …more

  • Review of James Brown: Hell

    Please read Darren Scott’s pick for James Brown: Hell before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 3.5 Would I recommend?: 4 Influenced my tastes: 4.5 Worth the hype? 3.5 Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 3.5 Would I recommend?: 3.5 Influenced my tastes: 3 Worth the hype? 2 Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 3 Would I recommend?:3 Influenced my tastes: 3 (James Brown 5!) Worth the hype?: 3 Alain DuPuis: Overall …more

  • Review of Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual

    Please read Scott Gregory’s pick for Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 4 Would I recommend?: 4 Influenced my tastes: 4 Worth the hype? 4 Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 3.75 Would I recommend?:3.75 Influenced my tastes: 2.5 Worth the hype?: 3.75 Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 3.5 Would I recommend?: 4 Influenced my tastes: 2.5 Worth the hype? 4 Alain DuPuis: Overall opinion: …more

  • Review of Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II

    Please read Alain DuPuis’ pick for Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 5 Would I recommend?:5 Influenced my tastes: 5 Worth the hype?: 5 Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 3.5 Worth the hype? 5 Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 4 Worth the hype? 5 Alain DuPuis: Overall opinion: …more



 

Stuff We Like

  • The Top 50 Albums from the Past 50 Years According to /r/music Rubber Soul number 1

    My good friend Ian Pullen @VonPuhlen sent along this great list of the best albums year by year as compiled by art36 Reddit User. I’m a little surprised that The Beatles took the top 5 positions ’65-’69 but otherwise I feel this list is closer to my tastes than any I’ve seen before. What do you think? Here are the first 10 years. Read the rest here: The …more

  • What the hell happened to music videos?

    If you’re like me, you look back fondly on the days when TV channels like Much Music and  MTV actually played music and wonder what the hell happened. Where’d the music go? Why are there Oompa Loompas from Jersey on my TV set instead of Headbanger’s Ball? And what the f*** is a “Snooki”? Look no further than this satirical video to provide you with …more

  • Geeks & Beats

    Being a long-time Alan Cross fan I(Daren) followed him to his newest podcast a few years ago with Michael Hainsworth called Geeks & Beats. It is such a great mix or tech, music, and well… nerd stuff. Both guys are great and I like the relaxed vibe and subjects they cover. I shared this with fellow SC member Scott Coates and he became a big …more

  • 100 Years of Rock in less than a minute!

    Click image to see the full interactive music graphic(via Concert Hotels).

  • Do Most Bands Make Money?

    Pomplamoose just finished a 28-day tour. We played 24 shows in 23 cities around the United States. It was awesome: Nataly crowd surfed for the first time ever, we sold just under $100,000 in tickets, and we got to rock out with people we love for a full month. We sold 1129 tickets in San Francisco at the Fillmore. I’ll remember that night for the rest …more

  • The Dawn of Def Jam via Rolling Stone

    In 1984, Def Jam Records, the label that defined hip-hop’s commercial and artistic potential, was born in a very unlikely location: a tiny New York University dorm room. Founder Rick Rubin — now a record-industry legend who’s shepherded the careers of everyone from Jay Z to the Red Hot Chili Peppers — hadn’t returned to that Greenwich Village double-occupancy room in three decades. But for …more



 
 

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