The Monthly Reviews

Each month our members rotate picking the artists or theme to be reviewed, dissected and discussed. Join us!

Albums that Influenced—Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is an amazing vocalist. She can sing. She can rap. She can do it all. This album really set the tome of what was to come for hip hop. WE know now just how powerful hip hop and rap is now, but back when this was released in the late 90s some though hip hop might just be a phase, or just more droning type pop music.
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Albums that Influenced–Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force: Planet Rock

For a change in pace, we decided that the 4 Sonic Collective members should select albums from a randomly selected genre for everyones next pick. Hip Hop was chosen and for the second pick of this round member Scott Coates chose A Tribe Called Quest: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
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Albums that Influence–A Tribe Called Quest: People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

For a change in pace, we decided that the 4 Sonic Collective members should select albums from a randomly selected genre for everyones next pick. Hip Hop was chosen and for the second pick of this round member Scott Coates chose A Tribe Called Quest: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
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Review Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man

Gil Scott-Heron's Pieces of a Man was mentioned often as a very powerful influence, namely the song 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised', which is a spoken word politically powerful piece that highlights the struggles of the black population in the United States during the late 1960s. We listened, we mostly liked, and we learned a lot about GSH.
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Review of Jeff Buckley: Grace

Jeff Buckley's Grace was his only album. Shortly after the release of this album Jeff died in a strange drowning accident. None of us really knew this album, but with heavyweights like David Bowie and Jimmy Page citing it as one of their favourite albums, we knew it had to be great ... right? Well... it didn't quite go the way we thought. Listen and find out why.
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Review of Van Halen: Van Halen

Please read and listen to Alain DuPuis’ pick  Van Halen: Van Halen before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Individual Review Scoring Alain DuPuis: Overall opinion: 5 Would I
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THE MONTHLY ALBUM SELECTIONS

Listen to our Sonic Collective member explain the selection for the month. Be sure to follow up the next month to hear the reviews from the group.

Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

The Sonic Collective · Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Influential Album Selection Hi there Collectivists. Collectivi? Collectovers? What’s up! This is Scott G from The Sonic Collective announcing
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Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force: Planet Rock: The Album

The Sonic Collective · Afrika Bambaataa: Planet Rock, Influential Album Selection Alain here – Thanks for tuning into the Sonic Collective! For the month of June, 2020 we continue our
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A Tribe Called Quest: People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

Released on April 10, 1990, it was the group’s debut album. From Queens, New York, A Tribe Called Quest formed a friendship with hip-hop act Jungle Brothers, both groups formed a collective called Native Tongues, which also included De La Soul. They played with beats, technology and built their skills in the rap world.
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Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man

PHOTO: MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES/GETTY IMAGES   Darren Scott, April 2020 Our four Sonic Collective members decided it would be fun to pick a random genre of music that we could
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Jeff Buckley: Grace

  Scott Gregory, March 2020 Hello everyone and welcome back to The Sonic Collective. I’m Scott G and it’s my pleasure to bring you the pick for March, 2020. I
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Van Halen: Van Halen

Thanks for tuning into The Sonic Collective! It’s once again my turn to pick, and for the month of February, 2020, I’ve chosen for us to review Van Halen’s Diamond-Certified
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The Sonic Collective Members

Meet our team of music lovers.

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Scott Coates

Bangkok, Thailand

Scott has lived in Southeast Asia since 1999, when he co-founded what became one of the region’s most respected luxury travel companies. There, he designed and led adventures throughout SE Asia and Nepal before selling out of the business in 2013 to try his hand at other pursuits. While working as a Team Building Consultant, he developed a keen interest in how people learn and grow which led him to his current role with EXO Travel, where he serves as Director of People Development, shaping training programs and HR strategy for more than 900 people across 10 countries. An enthusiastic mountain biker, runner, and explorer, he also very much likes bobbing his head to AC/DC while sipping beers.

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Alain DuPuis

Calgary, Canada

Alain is a native Calgarian with a longstanding love of music. Groomed on post-grunge and 90s alternative, he seeks to expand his audio horizons ever further, exploring all the genres he once looked down upon. When he's not busy working six days a week like some sort of maniac, he enjoys gaming, obsessing about whisky, working out or frequenting seedy karaoke bars around town.

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Scott Gregory

Calgary, Canada

Scott Gregory is the newest dad of the group and brings his love of melody and music to the Sonic Collective. Scott is always full of facts and seems to have an uncanny love for the women in music. He likes to push the Collective into areas that we may otherwise overlook. Scott loves his new little family, the New York Rangers and all the music he can consume between diaper changes.

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Darren Scott

Calgary, Canada

Darren currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where he can often be found in the best live music venues in town (Palamino, Commonwealth, King Eddy's, Broken City, Cafe Koi, etc.) and he is used to being "The old guy" at the young punk shows. Darren likes to know the stories behind the music he listens to and enjoys the musical journey of it all. A "say it like it is" guy in his own words, he tends to go a little off the cuff from time to time. Ok, all the time. He loves his family, friends and Flames and has a sense of humour he thinks is hilarious.

OTHER MUSIC STUFF WE LIKE

Sometimes we just find cool music stuff on the Interwebs that we just have to share.

An Exploration of Musical Supergroups

Welcome to the Sonic Collective, and another one of our exploratory podcast episodes. In this episode, we’ll explore musical supergroups. So what is a supergroup? Well, for us, it’s a musical performing group of three or more persons, whose members have successful solo careers, are members of other groups, or are well known in other musical professions. They come together to form an epic alignment of mighty musical talents. For us, this isn’t a duo and they must have released at least one full-length album. These supergroups can also come from any genre. The term can sometimes also be applied to a group that has no specific preferred genre. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and today, we’ll touch on a few that fall in both categories and some in between.
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What Makes a Great Album? Featuring Broadcasting Legend Alan Cross

There’s been one common thread regardless of genre, time period, or concept, that’s run through each of our album selections. The search for a great album. The entire package. A group of songs that work together to create more than just a few good singles, rather an experience and journey for the listener. So what makes a great album? This is the question and discussion we had with Alan Cross, an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. Enjoy.
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Boredom Cures for the Music Fan

To help you pass some time and discover some new music, here are my music recommendations for some of my favourite Spotify Playlists, Podcasts, Music Documentaries, YouTube Music Channels and even a link to my vinyl collection that I invite you to look at and you can ask me any questions about.
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Soundtracks that matter

4 Movie Soundtracks That Matter

We all know that around the holiday season there is nothing better than watching a good movie. It also is a great way to avoid that weird uncle with bad
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The Top 50 Albums from the Past 50 Years According to /r/music

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
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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
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