Grouplove: I Want It All Right Now [Album Review]

GrouploveI Want It All Right NowGlassnote Records [2023] Atlanta-based, power-pop meets 90’s indie rock band Grouplove may have come on the scene in 2011 declaring that we should “Never Trust a Happy Song,” but their strong suit has always been those big, high-energy sing-along choruses carried by husband-and-wife lead vocalists, Christian Zucconi and Hannah Hooper. … Read more

Phoenix: Alpha Zulu [Album Review]

PhoenixAlpha ZuluLoyaute/Glassnote Records [2022] It’s been 13 years since French electro/pop/alt/dance band Phoenix released their American breakout album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix with hit singles “Lisztomanio” and “1901,” but here on their seventh studio album they return with a familiar melodic sensibility and dancefloor fervor. While the bulk of the dance tracks emphasize the band’s most … Read more

Two Door Cinema Club: Gameshow [Album Review]

Two Door Cinema Club Gameshow Glassnote Records [2016] Fire Note Says: Try not to dance to the newest from Two Door Cinema Club. Album Review: It’s taken Two Door Cinema Club four years to release their third full-length album. The Irish three-piece took their time to craft a confectionary gem with Gameshow. It’s dance rock … Read more

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam: I Had A Dream That You Were Mine [Album Review]

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam I Had A Dream That You Were Mine Glassnote Records [2016] Fire Note Says: This pairing of Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam finds the perfect timeless mix. Album Review: The Walkman’s frontman Hamilton Leithauser has one of those instantly recognizable voices so I never doubted that he could do well in a … Read more

Chvrches: Every Open Eye [Album Review]

Chvrches Every Open Eye Glassnote Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Chvrches return with an unrelenting pace. Album Review: Your heart goes out to acts like Chvrches. Time was, an album as strong as The Bones of What You Believe would have afforded a band time to regroup, find out where they wanted to go. Today, … Read more

CHVRCHES: The Bones Of What You Believe [Album Review]

CHVRCHES The Bones Of What You Believe Glassnote Records [2013] Fire Note Says: CHVRCHES debut album or the death of the guitar in pop music – discuss. Album Review: There has been some debate around The Fire Note about the relative merits of Scottish trio CHVRCHES and their much-hyped debut album, The Bones Of What … Read more

Phoenix: Bankrupt! [Album Review]

Phoenix Bankrupt! Glassnote Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Phoenix took their time but come back with plenty of new avenues. Album Review: Like many other bands coming off their biggest record, French electro-indie-pop artist Phoenix cautiously approached their follow up here as it has been four years since Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix took the scene by … Read more

Mumford & Sons: Babel [Album Review]

Mumford & Sons Babel Glassnote Records [2012] Fire Note Says: Highly anticipated sophomore record from UK’s Mumford & Sons has its moments. Album Review: Since the release of their debut Sigh No More, I am not sure anyone totally predicted the Mumford explosion that has taken place over the last several years but here we … Read more