Review of Massive Attack: Mezzanine

Please read and listen to Scott Coates pick  Massive Attack: Mezzanine  before reading and listening to our reviews below.

Quick Summary: 

  • Would we recommend?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Overall
3.4

Review of Massive Attack: Mezzanine

This April 2019 selection by Sonic Collective member Scott Coates was this album made most famous for the amount of movie and TV soundtracks you hear their songs a part of. We all had to admit that the quality of the production for this electronic, ambient masterpiece stirs creative visualizations within all the tracks. It is literally hard to listen to this album and not picture a movie or TV scene. Though our scores below may not look spectacular this definitely deserves the respect it has garnered over these many years. Massive Attack is actually touring again and playing this album in its entirety and adding new mixes and visuals. Listen to this review and learn all these points below and more:

  • What Amy Winehouse and Madonna have in common with Massive Attack.
  • What two artists from the late 80s and early 90s Darren thought mashed together sounded similar to Massive Attack on this album.
  • What Massive Attack’s relationship at the time of creating this album had to do with the final output.

Join us and listen to our thoughts and tidbits of information on this classic electronic album. Does it stand the test of time? When would you listen to this? Hear what we think and let us know your thoughts.

The Sonic Collective

Individual Review Scoring

Scott Coates
Overall opinion: 3.5
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 3.5

Darren Scott
Overall opinion: 3.5
Would I recommend?: 3.5
Influenced my tastes: 3

Alain DuPuis:
Overall opinion: 3.5
Would I recommend?: 3.5
Influenced my tastes: 2

Scott Gregory:
Overall opinion: N/A
Would I recommend?: N/A
Influenced my tastes: N/A

Review of Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid M.A.A.D. City

Please read and listen to Darren Scott pick  Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid M.A.A.D. City  before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary: 
  • Would we recommend?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Overall
4

Review of Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid M.A.A.D. City

For March 2019 Sonic member Darren Scott picked Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid M.A.A.D. City. This was his second album but his first big studio album. It was important to know when listening to GKMC that it is a concept album that tells the story of Kendrick as a youthful K.Dot on the streets of Compton. You will hear more in our review and we’ve added some links below that will expend on the details of our review and rediscovery of this album but a few things you will learn in this review are:

  • What the M.A.A.D. acronym stands for.
  • Who Lamar saw get shot when he was 8 years old.
  • Why you should go to the 420 Premium Market if you are in Calgary (or your local legal cannabis dispensary) and pick up some San Raphael Tangerine Dream cannabis 
  • That at least 1 in 4 white Canadian dudes music tastes does not include this Lamar album

Join us and listen to how we dissect this album and how a recent album is already known as being a major influence.

The Sonic Collective

Individual Review Scoring

Darren Scott
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 5
Influenced my tastes: 5

Scott Gregory
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 5
Influenced my tastes: 4

Alain DuPuis:
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 5
Influenced my tastes: 5

Scott Coates:
Overall opinion: 2.5
Would I recommend?: 3
Influenced my tastes: 1

If you’d like to understand the story being told on the album and the suggested best order to listen to it check out this great article at Noisey.

The Narrative Guide To Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

Review of Fleetwood Mac: Rumours

Please read and listen to Scott Gregory’s pick for Fleetwood Mac: Rumours before reading and listening to our reviews below.

Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know: Rolling Stone

The story behind Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’: Timeout.com

Quick Summary: 

  • Would we recommend?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Overall
4.8

Review of Fleetwood Mac: Rumours

For February 2019 Sonic member Alain Dupuis picked this popular soft rock album. He had not really heard it before. Will he like it, will the album stand the test of time? Give a listen and let us know. If you haven’t heard the back story of this album, you really must. We’ve added some links below that will expend on the details of our review and rediscovery of this album but a few things you will learn in this review are:

  • Who slept with a lighting guy?
  • There is a song on this album that was covered in the 90s that Scott G claims rocks hard!
  • The two song clips that start this review are FU songs to the opposite writer.

Join us and listen to how we dissect this album and how it stands up like a champ.

The Sonic Collective



Our Individual Review Scores


Alain DuPuis:

Overall opinion: 5
Would I recommend?: 5
Influenced my tastes: 5

Scott Gregory:

Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 5
Influenced my tastes: 4

Scott Coates:

Overall opinion: 5
Would I recommend?: 5
Influenced my tastes: 5

Darren Scott:

Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 5
Influenced my tastes: 4

Review of ABBA: Arrival

Please read and listen to Scott Gregory’s pick for ABBA: Arrival  before reading and listening to our reviews below.

Quick Summary: 

Our Individual Review Scores
Scott Gregory:
Overall opinion: 3
Would I recommend?: 3
Influenced my tastes: 3
Alain DuPuis:
Overall opinion: 3
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 3
Scott Coates:
Overall opinion: 2.5
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 2
Darren Scott:
Overall opinion: 2
Would I recommend?: 3.5
Influenced my tastes: 2

The Reviews: 4 bands you've likely not heard of (but really should)


This month, the group took a slightly different approach to the format. Darren came up with the idea of asking us to pick a recording artist that other music fans may not have heard of (but really should). As we picked our selected artists independently, it turned out some of the picks were new to our fellow group members as well.
Tune in to find out what we thought of eachother’s selections, so you can too can discover which of these four artists we thought had humerous lyrics, which sounded like a Led Zeppelin cover band, and which one may or may not use a ping-pong ball as an instrument.

Here are the picks from our expert panel:
Artist: Ron Gallo
Chosen by: Darren Scott
Artist: The Kills
Chosen by: Scott Coates
Artist: Greta Van Fleet
Chosen by: Alain Dupuis
Artist: Jenny Lewis
Chosen by: Scott Gregory

Review of Blink-182: The Mark, Tom and Travis Show 

Please read and listen to Scott Gregory’s pick for Blink-182: The Mark, Tom and Travis Show  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
Alain DuPuis:
Overall opinion: 3
Would I recommend?: 3
Influenced my tastes: 3
Scott Coates:
Overall opinion: 2
Would I recommend?: 2
Influenced my tastes: 3
Darren Scott:
Overall opinion: 3
Would I recommend?: This album 2, others 4
Influenced my tastes: 3.5

Review of Eric Clapton: Unplugged

Please read and listen to Alain DuPuis’s pick for Eric Clapton: Unplugged  before reading and listening to our reviews below.

Quick Summary: 

  • Would we recommend?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Overall
3.8

Review of Eric Clapton: Unplugged

Alain DuPuis, the best at back-flipping of all The Sonic Collective members, decide that it was time to pay respect to legendary blues/rock guitarist Eric Clapton. Unplugged was all the rage in the early 90s and this album along with Nirvana: Unplugged really catapulted the genre forward.
An album full of blues standards as well as some epic Clapton hits made this the best selling live album of all time. Listen to The Sonic Collective members as they let you know how this album stands up.
Here is a few things you’ll find out by listening this month:
• Pro: Everyone loves this album Con: Everyone loves this album
• What other world famous guitarist almost joined Clapton’s band
• How much Clapton sold one of the 2 guitars he used to record this
Listen up and please leave us a comment.
The Sonic Collective


Our Individual Review Scores
Alain DuPuis:
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 5
Influenced my tastes: 4.5
Scott Coates:
Overall opinion: 3
Would I recommend?: 3
Influenced my tastes: 3
Darren Scott:
Overall opinion: 3.5
Would I recommend?: 3
Influenced my tastes: 2
Scott Gregory:
Overall opinion: 4
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 4

Review of The Allman Brothers Band: Live at Fillmore East

Please read and listen to Scott Coates’s pick for The Allman Brothers Band: Live at Fillmore East  before reading and listening to our reviews below.

Quick Summary: 

  • Would we recommend?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Overall
3.1

Review of The Allman Brothers Band: Live at Fillmore East

The second pick of our second live album round was made by member Scott Coates for this July 2018. We were definitely all over the place on this selection and how we felt about it. We definitely dig agree that the sound quality of the album as well as the musicianship was incredible. Duane Allman at the age of only 25 had a mastery of his guitar like no other. As this album was historically touted as one of the best live rock albums of all time we had to see how it stood up in 2018.
We discovered many interesting things about this album so listen to our stories and opinions and be sure to listen along with us as we relive classic albums just like this.
Here is a few things you’ll find out by listening this month:
• 2 Sonic Collective members really liked it and the other 2…? Not so much.
• Which other great guitarist almost had Duane Allman join his band.
• How this album tied into the movie Almost Famous.
Listen up and please leave us a comment.
The Sonic Collective


Our Individual Review Scores
Scott Coates:
Overall opinion: 4
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 4
Darren Scott:
Overall opinion: 3
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 2
Scott Gregory:
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 4
Alain DuPuis:
Overall opinion: 1
Would I recommend?: 1
Influenced my tastes: 1

Review of Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense

Please read and listen to Darren Scott’s pick for Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense  before reading and listening to our reviews below.

Quick Summary: 

  • Would we recommend?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Overall
4.4

Review of Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense

Let the live album round begin! I (Darren) was quite excited to pick The Talking Heads to start us off on our live album round. In 1984 the Talking Heads were really starting to attract a large audience after collaborating with Brian Eno on the 3 previous albums leading up to this concert. The movie was shot, and the album recorded, over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, as the group was touring to promote their new album Speaking in Tongues.
We discovered many interesting things about this album so listen to our stories and opinions and be sure to listen along with us as we relive classic albums just like this.
Here is a few things you’ll find out by listening this month:
• Why the Tom Tom Club songs are played on this album.
• Brian Eno is not Canadian!
• Typical books don’t talk.
Listen up and please leave us a comment.
The Sonic Collective


Our Individual Review Scores
Darren Scott:
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 5
Influenced my tastes: 4
Scott Coates:
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 5
Influenced my tastes: 4.5
Scott Gregory:
Overall opinion: 4
Would I recommend?: (3 album  / 5 Movie)
Influenced my tastes: 4
Alain DuPuis:
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 5

Review of Ashley McIsaac: Hi™ How Are You Today?

Please read and listen to Scott Gregory’s pick for Ashley McIsaac: Hi™ How Are You Today?  before reading and listening to our reviews below.

Quick Summary: 

  • Would we recommend?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Overall
3.8

Review of Ashley McIsaac: Hi™ How Are You Today?

For May 2018 we take a leap across Canada to the East Coast where people and music strongly influenced by their Scottish, Irish, Engligh and French heritage. Combining Celtic and Scottish sounds with folk, rock and pop, Ashley McIsaac from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia showed what a motivated fiddle player could do. His hit song from this album, and a must-listen, Sleepy Maggie was a smash hit in Canada and showed that East-Coasters have what it takes musically to occupy a world stage.
Ok, that sounds all good. However, we forgot to mention that Ashley McIsaac was also one of the most controversial artists and has struggled with serious addiction issues and anger issues. Join us for this crazy ride and review.
Here is a few things you’ll find out:
• How much you’d sell a fiddle for to feed a crack habit.
• Which Sonic Collective member plays a mean set of spoons.
• What’s the difference between McIsaac and MacIsaac anyway?
Listen up and please leave us a comment.
The Sonic Collective


Our Individual Review Scores
Scott Coates:
Overall opinion: 2
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 1
Darren Scott:
Overall opinion: 4
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 3
Scott Gregory:
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 5
Alain DuPuis:
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 4.5
Influenced my tastes: 5