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

Review of Def Leppard: Hysteria

Celine Dion, the youngest of 14 children (Yikes!), and the best selling Canadian artist of all time at 200 million claimed album sales worldwide, released the Falling Into You album in 1996 about a year before the world was exposed to that Titanic song that shall not be named.
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Celine Dion Falling Into You Album Cover

Review of Celine Dion: Falling Into You

Celine Dion, the youngest of 14 children (Yikes!), and the best selling Canadian artist of all time at 200 million claimed album sales worldwide, released the Falling Into You album in 1996 about a year before the world was exposed to that Titanic song that shall not be named.
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Review of Radiohead: Kid A

Radiohead's Kid A was ranked #67 on Rolling Stone's top 500 albums of all time. While researching what album to pick Scott Coates settled on this one. None of our members had ever really listened to much Radiohead  and none of us had listened to this particular album.
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Review of The Mothers of Invention: Freak Out

If you don't know who Frank Zappa is, it is definitely worth learning as he has contributed much to music, namely the alternative or psychedelic music scene. The Mothers of Invention was Frank Zappa's first band and this album is considered  very influential. Sonic Collective member Darren Scott thought he would introduce Zappa and his band to the group and we had no idea what we were in for.
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Review of Marilyn Manson: Mechanical Animals

There are a few select artists that push the envelope of music so far that they actually get a massive backlash from the public. Religious zealots and conservative thinkers love to let people know what they feel is immoral or against God. Unfortunately, they almost always miss the point the artist is trying to make. The good news is that music fans and those that might like darker music know that artists like Marilyn Manson are true leaders that push music and society in new and amazing directions. We invite you to hear our four differing opinions of this album and learn about this album.
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Review of Florence + the machine: Lungs

Please read and listen to Scott Gregory’s pick  Florence + the machine: Lungs  before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Individual Review Scoring Scott Coates Overall opinion: 2 Would
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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.

Iggy and The Stooges: Raw Power

(Top image credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images) Darren Scott, December 2019 As we reached the 5th birthday of The Sonic Collective it was great to celebrate and reflect
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Def Leppard: Hysteria

Scott Gregory, November 2019 Love is like a bomb, baby, c’mon get it on Livin’ like a lover with a radar phone Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp
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Celine Dion - Falling Into You

Celine Dion: Falling Into You

Alain Dupuis, October 2019 This is not a joke. We are absolutely listening to Celine Dion this month. I’ve been threatening everyone with this for a while, and now, as
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Radiohead: Kid A

I’ve never listened to an entire Radiohead album. I really like Creep. I’ve heard a couple other songs, but they didn’t resonate. I feel Radiohead is a band I won’t
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The Mothers of Invention: Freak Out

The Mothers of Invention: Freak Out Darren Scott, July 2019 “I’m not sure what I am getting us in to.” – This thought keeps running through my head as I
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Marilyn Manson: Mechanical Animals

Marilyn Manson: Mechanical Animals Alain DuPuis, June 2019 Marilyn Manson is a band that has long been misunderstood, and largely by design. I will never forget when Antichrist Superstar came
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the Sonic collective Members

Meet our team of music lovers.


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.


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.


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.


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 too 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.


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

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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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
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100 Years of Rock in less than a minute!

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