Review of Björk: Homogenic

For July 2021, Sonic Collective member Scott Gregory chose to review the pride of Iceland, Bjork’s 3rd studio album, Homogenic. None of the four of us within the Sonic Collective had ever listened to any full album from Bjork, so we were intrigued. Listen and you will find out why all four of us respected the artistry, we just had a rough time trying to understand and get into the album. In what scenario can you put this album on? What the heck is going on in the track Pluto? Is Bjork an alien from Bladerunner movies? To learn the answer to all of these questions, please listen along and visit us at TheSonicCollective.com for full show notes, links and media. Enjoy … we didn’t. Sorry Birch Tree lady.

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Review of Sublime: Sublime

Alain DuPuis picked Sublime’s self-titled third album, for June 2021. This album blew up the band with hits like What I got, Santeria, and Pawn Shop, but a truly sad reality was that just two months before this album was released, lead singer and guitarist Bradley Nowell had passed away from a heroin drug overdose. For the full show notes, review scores, and more, please visit us at TheSonicCollective.com.

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Review of Lady A: Need You Now

We get together to discuss Scott G’s pick for March 2021, Need You Now by Lady A. We went in with high hopes and there was certainly a strong reaction. Also, as we close out our round of country albums we stop to reflect on what we’ve learned about the genre. Thanks for listening. For full show notes and access to many more artists please visit The Sonic Collective on your favourite podcast platform and on our website at thesoniccollective.com

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Review of Willie Nelson: Shotgun Willie

For February 2021, member Scott Coates picked this legendary and transformational album from Willie Nelson. This is his first album after leaving his former record label, RCA, who Willie felt was over controlling and over producing his previous albums. At 39 years old Willie stated that the freedom his new label Atlantic Records gave him to create this Shotgun Willie album, allowed him to clear his throat, and create the album he wanted. Listen along and enjoy.

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Review of Dolly Parton: Jolene

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Our first pick of our country music round of four influential country music artists started with member Darren Scott. He chose one of America’s greatest songwriters, Dolly Parton and her Jolene album.

Please go back to our last episode to listen to why Darren chose this album and then dive into this review and find out what we liked, and did not like about this classic album.

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Review of M83: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

For our last pick of our double-album round, Sonic Collective member Scott Gregory picked this ambient, synth-pop, adored album, M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Listen to this full review as we chat about how we enjoyed our pick for November 2020, which marks the 6th anniversary of our podcast. Have a listen to how the album impacted us and what our impressions were.

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Review of Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Welcome to the Pleasuredome

Please read Alain DuPuis’s pick, Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Welcome to the Pleasuredome, before reading and listening to our reviews below.

The Summary

  • Would we recommend?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Overall?
2.5

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Welcome to the Pleasuredome

For our 3rd selection in this round of influential double-albums, Sonic Collective member Alain Dupuis reached back to 1984 and this first Frankie Goes to Hollywood album, Welcome to the Pleasuredome. This albums contains the 6th and 20th best selling singles in the U.K., for Relax and Two Tribes. But how did this stand up as a whole album? Can we all finally relax? Well, this review didn’t go as we thought. Listen along and see why we struggled with this 80s classic. Hint: It’s the cover songs and the bi-polar sound of this album.

Perhaps the producer was over zealous, perhaps the band wasn’t in control, perhaps this lives just perfectly in 1984 and should stay there. What do you think?

Overall Scores

Overall opinion: 2.6
Would we recommend?: 2.3
Influenced our tastes: 2.5

Our Individual Review Scores
Alain Dupuis
Overall opinion: 3
Would I recommend?: 2.5
Influenced my tastes: 1

Scott Gregory
Overall opinion: 3
Would I recommend?: 3
Influenced my tastes: 5

Scott Coates
Overall opinion: 2
Would I recommend?: 1
Influenced my tastes: 1

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