Hotter Than Hell – KISS (1974)

***1/2 Of all of KISS’s albums, none had more squandered potential than Hotter Than Hell. While later albums like Dressed to Kill and Rock and Roll Over were marred by mediocre songs, Hotter Than Hell contains one of the greatest collections KISS ever released. Many of these songs including the title track, “Parasite,” “Let Me…

Burnes Turns: March 17-24

Though I listened through a number of full Beatles albums this week, the artist that truly stole my heart was Curtis Mayfield, who I’ve been re-discovering through My Morning Jacket guitarist Jim James’ 2010 playlist of his favorite songs from the underrated soul man. With two solo tracks (and another as a part of The…

Top 10 Greatest Adelitas Way Songs

If you’ve been around this site enough, you know that I didn’t really get into music until 2009, when I was about fifteen years old. That was when I got my first iPod and it’s when I discovered Rolling Stone magazine, which was a big influencer for me as I became an avid music listener.…

Burnes Turns: March 12-16

My favorite songs this week include a blast from my own musical past, two Hip-Hop classics that sound just as fresh today as they did in the ’80s, two joyful Folk Rock romps, and Stevie Wonder. Because everybody loves Stevie Wonder. “I and Love and You” – The Avett Brothers I can’t remember exactly how…

Burnes Turns: March 2-11, 2017

I’ve diversified the music I’ve listened to since running through Aerosmith’s discography, but my playlist this week is dominated by Alvvays, who delivered what has become one of my favorite albums of all time in 2014. Three of the LP’s nine songs are featured in Burnes’ Turns this week, and they are accompanied by a…

AM – Arctic Monkeys (2013)

****1/2 Arctic Monkeys had been the kings of British Indie Rock for a decade upon AM‘s 2013 release, but this was the album that really exposed them to a significantly wider swath of the American audience selling 500,000 copies in the states alone. It’s no secret that the band controversially “Americanized” their sound for this…

Yours, Dreamily – The Arcs (2015)

***1/2 When The Black Keys’ guitarist Dan Auerbach announced yet another side project in early 2015, it didn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the well-versed Bluesman. A regular producer for acts as varied as Dr. John and Lucinda Williams, Auerbach is no stranger to musicality from across the spectrum. But though The…

Divide – Ed Sheeran (2017)

***1/2 Ed Sheeran has changed a bit since I last heard him. I remember the heart-stricken young man that ripped “The A Team” right out of his heartstrings and excited young college students across the country. I remember the Ed Sheeran that seemed right at home strumming alongside his hero Elton John at the Grammys…

Alvvays – Alvvays (2014)

***** Sometimes the best music hits you when you least expect it. There have been great debut albums from bands and artists across the history of music. Bruce Springsteen, Guns N’ Roses, Black Sabbath, Oasis, Metallica, The Doors, Aerosmith all made a quick and sudden impact on the musical landscape of the world upon the…