Alice in Chains – “Rainier Fog” (BMG, 2018).

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2018 release from the post-grunge rock warriors. Rainier Fog marks a few firsts for the band: in addition to being their first album in five years, it’s their first album with BMG and their first time recording in their hometown of Seattle in more than 20 years (worth noting that the album title is a tribute to Seattle). They recorded at Studio X, the same facility where they tracked 1995’s self-titled Alice in Chains album (back when the studio was known as Bad Animals). The Rainier Fog recording process also saw the band spend time at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles and at the Nashville studio of producer Nick Raskulinecz. Rainier Fog is the third straight Alice in Chains album recorded with producer Nick Raskulinecz and engineer Paul Figueroa.

Fm Belfast – “Brighter Days” (World Champion Records, 2014).

«Lift and let go/ slow down feel the flow […] killing time…» –
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No rock, no party? Mmm ni. L’estate sta finendo e tutto si riduce in una corsa affannosa verso la conclusione di tutto. Eppure qualcosa resta: la partecipazione ad una festa brillante ed indietronica come quella dei sofisticatissimi Fm Belfast di Reykjavik, Islanda. Questo è il loro III album tra travels e holidays, becera musica electro-clash (“Ariel” e “DeLorean”) e synth-pop più spritz e gioioso come quello di “We Are Faster Than You”. Il ritmo è scandito dal frequente uso del rullante: drum-kit machine di successo quindi, a pochi passi dal mare del nord. Musica elettronica meno tamarra del solito (insomma) e una dancehall gradevole e estiva, ci accompagneranno in questi ultimi velocissimi giorni di Agosto.

Phoenix – “United” (EMI, 2000).

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Premier album des prodiges versaillais de la pop, “United” rencontre un accueil mitigé en France alors qu’outre-Manche les critiques l’encensent. Avec les apparitions de Thomas Bangalter, Camille Bazbaz et de Philippe Zdar à la production, ce disque a pourtant tous les atouts pour réussir à s’imposer. La pop acidulée aux influences groovy de cet opus ne fait pas l’unanimité, mais elle va finir par s’imposer et permettre à Phoenix de devenir un des groupes les plus influents des années 2000. Les titres «Too Young» et «If I Ever Feel Better» sont devenus des classiques.