Superlatives are almost always about the grand gesture, and though ‘Oyster’ has no such hallmarks (no arms-wide-open declarations, no big reveals, no explosive arena outros, reverberating instead with balled-up, fetal smallnesses, of which Clem Castro is evidently a master), the solo debut of the erstwhile OnL man still gets 10/10 in our book.
Joey Dizon (who else?) rattles off the best solos from choice guitarists over the past two-or-so decades, and the list is pretty damn multifarious: from The Dawn to Valley of Chrome to Neocolours. A must-read.
Though invariably pigeonholed as the country’s answer to Tony Bennett, Arthur Manuntag is, in reality and without paradox, a jazz-vocal original. Take a gander at Richie Quirino’s Q&A from a while back.
"[Acid jazz has come to mean music that tries] to get a little bit more funk, a little bit more edge, a little bit more acid, or corruption, inside the thing, that tries to mix this thing up and corrode it a little bit," Bluey Maunick and the rest of Incognito tell Planet Jazz. Read more here.
From “Big Girls Don’t Cry” to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” you can’t help but bop your head to these tunes and just feel uplifted. Karl R. de Mesa weighs in on the Frankie Valli-propelled OST for the Clint Eastwood-directed “Jersey Boys.”
Desplat’s “Budapest” OST has both the polish of an old-school gentleman’s shoes and the grime of gunpowder that presages its descent into filth. Echoes his work on “Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise” but with a definite, uncompromising edge.
“[Alexandre] Desplat was going for a brutish kind of direct aesthetic instead of continually beating around the bush,” Karl R. de Mesa writes about the score for “Godzilla,” which is “as stupidly big” as the beast in question.
"Henry Jackman's rousing score hits the bull's eye [and] provides an aptly paranoid and gloriously over-the-top accompaniment to the Captain's brave new world." Writer Karl R. de Mesa weighs in on the OST of the new Cap movie.
"For his ambition alone, [Nathan] Furst gets high marks as he tries to outdo his own previous B-movie efforts with his debut into the big screen's film-score elite." Our man Karl R. De Mesa on the music and score for "Need for Speed."