MAGAZINE, May 2003.
Mathew Lien/ Winds
¡§Unicorn¡¨ is one of Mathew Lien¡¦s earliest video recordings.
This collection's 12 songs are all based on Lien¡¦s personal
experiences, including his first love, as seen in ¡§Very Much
to Me,¡¨ the first time he came in contact with the Yukon wilderness,
in ¡§Kluane,¡¨ and when he was seven and went for the first
time to the Arctic Ocean, in ¡§In Search of Home.¡¨ One might
be tempted to look for blemishes, but Lien encourages others,
via his own mistakes, to doggedly pursue their own dreams.
Linkin Park/ Warner
The first single, ¡§Somewhere I Belong,¡¨ relies on their gloomy
guitar style and lyrics to produce an album which meets all
expectations. ¡§Don¡¦t Stay,¡¨ ¡§Lying From You,¡¨ and ¡§Hit the
Floor¡¨ stick to the customary relentless Nu-metal, while even
the guitar volume and anger release a new ferocity. ¡§Nobody¡¦s
Listening¡¨ reveals an Eastern mystical flavor. The only bone
of contention is the orchestrated Breakbeat Loop heard in
¡§Faint,¡¨ a song which later bursts into Techno-rock. They
also use a ten member orchestra and soloist in ¡§Breaking the
Habit,¡¨ a surprisingly smooth Emo-core rock and roll song.
Away with Me/ Norah Jones/ EMI
Norah Jones put together a collection of eclectic songs, comprising
the title track ¡§Come Away with Me,¡¨ plus ¡§Nightingale¡¨ and
¡§The Long Day is Over.¡¨ She uses one of the songs of country
music great Hank Williams, ¡§Cold, Cold Heart¡¨ infusing it
with a Western-Swing style. At the same time, she uses John
Loudermilk¡¦s blues classic ¡§Turn Me On.¡¨ This collection uses
blues, soul, and country influences, mixing these elements
to produce a relaxed and natural sound.
Bac/ TRA Music
Tizzy Bac, a keyboards, bass and jazz-drums trio, combines
the lax yet beautiful sounding vocals of the lead singer/keyboards
player to produce a surprisingly unique sound. The songs,
¡§Concession,¡¨ ¡§Dear, baby where is my wing?¡¨ and ¡§Multiply,¡¨
are worthy of attention. Tizzy Bac skillfully mixes New Order-like
characteristics, Fronte vocals, and Looping, for a unique
flavor. You can discover rock, techno, and jazz elements in