Review of Public Image: First Issue

Many music fans know of the punk revolution in the late 1970s that highlighted the band The Sex Pistols and their eccentric, passionate and often blasted-on-drugs-and-alcohol lead man, Johhny Lydon, aka Johhny Rotten. Johhny was quite jaded and was upset at how the Sex Pistols ended and wanted to make his own music. Cue his new band, Public Image. For September 2021, Sonic Collective member Darren Scott selected this first Public Image, soon to be Public Image Ltd. album, First Issue. It’s raw, it’s angry, it’s experimental, it’s post-punk, and it pushed our reviewers to the edge. Listen to our review of this 1978 album and hear how it stands up against the test of time and our musical palates.

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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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