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The Sonic Collective
25 minutes | 14 hours ago
Review of M83: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
We chat about how we enjoyed our pick for November 2020, M83's 'Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming'. Have a listen to how the album impacted us and what our impressions were. For full show notes and review scores please visit us at thesoniccollective.com.
8 minutes | 2 days ago
Dolly Parton: Jolene – Album Selection
The Sonic Collective has decided to pick a round of influential country music artists. Member Darren Scott explains why he chose Dolly Parton's Jolene album. As we look to explore the most influential albums, a person cannot ignore that the title track Jolene, and another little song that did ok for her and Whitney Houston, I will Always Love You, have to be two of the most influential songs in our lifetime. There is so much to unpack about Dolly and this album. We invite you to listen along for the month of December 2020 with us and to learn about this album as a whole and the ever-amazing Dolly Parton. Join us again in the beginning of January to hear our assessment of this classic country album. Join us at thesoniccollective.com for review notes and access to all our reviews.
28 minutes | 17 days ago
A Chat with Sam Roberts - All of Us
On this special episode of The Sonic Collective, we chat with Sam Roberts, of the Sam Roberts band, about their October 2020 release, All of Us. He goes deep about how the songs were written and sharing it with the world in a time of COVID. But we start by going back in time, with Sam sharing what it feels like to have been recording professionally for almost two decades, being the son of parents from South Africa who immigrated to Canada, what it means to be Canadian, and even some of his musical guilty pleasures. Get ready to hear a very candid Sam Roberts share on multiple levels. Enjoy the musical ride! Join us at thesoniccollective.com for more great shows and album reviews.
2 minutes | a month ago
Album Selection: M83: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Album Selection: M83: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by The Sonic Collective
23 minutes | a month ago
Review of Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Welcome to the Pleasuredome
For our 3rd selection in this round of influential double-albums, Sonic Collective member Alain Dupuis reached back to 1984 and this first Frankie Goes to Hollywood album, Welcome to the Pleasuredome. This albums contains the 6th and 20th best selling singles in the U.K., for Relax and Two Tribes. But how did this stand up as a whole album? Can we alkl finally relax? Well, this review didn't go as we thought. Listen along and see why we struggled with this 80s classic. For the full review and a summary or scores, please join us at thesoniccollective.com for more of this review, and for access to all of our shows.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
The Sonic Collective: Albums That Changed Our Musical Tastes
Scientists say your musical tastes are formed by what you enjoyed in your teens. You hear a song, it resonates, and that style guides your musical tastes moving forward. There’s those monumental albums you can still remember hearing for the first time, all these years later. You likely remember where you were, the time of year, perhaps even what you were wearing, who you were with, and the smell in the air when you first heard it. Today we’re going to chat about just that - albums that influenced and changed our musical tastes. Sonic Collective members Darren Scott and Scott Coates banter about some of the albums that changed their musical tastes. Join us at http://thesoniccollective.com for more on this episode and to access all our episode details.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
Review of Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
We reviewed Jimi Hendrix's double-disc release, Electric Ladyland. Have a listen and find out what we thought!
3 minutes | 2 months ago
Album Selection - Frankie goes to Hollywood: Welcome to the Pleasuredome
Our pick for October 2020 is Frankie Goes to Hollywood's debut album, Welcome to the Pleasuredome.
18 minutes | 3 months ago
Review of Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde - Double Album Round
Our first pick in a round of double album picks is Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde. We took the month of August 2020 to listen and think about it. Here is our discussion about the album and our review. Have a listen.
2 minutes | 3 months ago
The Jimi Hendrix Experience : Electric Ladyland - Double Album Round - Intro
The Sonic Collective's album pick for September, 2020.
7 minutes | 4 months ago
Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde - Double Album Round - Intro
We decided to keep up with a theme for our picks of influential albums. Listen to why we decided to pick double albums as a concept and hear what member Darren Scott decided to pick first. Join us and listen along to the selection. Be sure to then come back and listen to our review of the selection in early September 2020. For more show notes and information be sure to visit us at thesoniccollective.com.
20 minutes | 4 months ago
Review of Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
This 1998 solo album from former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill is known to be one of the most successful hip hop albums of all time. We took a look back at this album to determine if it did indeed stand the test of time and was worthy of the praise. For the full show notes and our individual scores please visit the podcast page on thesoniccollective.com. We hope you enjoy this review and join us for many more.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
An Exploration of Musical Supergroups
Welcome to the Sonic Collective, and another one of our exploratory podcast episodes. In this episode, we’ll explore musical supergroups. So what is a supergroup? Well, for us, it’s a musical performing group of three or more persons, whose members have successful solo careers, are members of other groups, or are well known in other musical professions. They come together to form an epic alignment of mighty musical talents. For us, this isn’t a duo and they must have released at least one full-length album. These supergroups can also come from any genre. The term can sometimes also be applied to a group that has no specific preferred genre. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and today, we’ll touch on a few that fall in both categories and some in between. For full podcast notes and access to all of our reviews and content, please visit us at thesoniccollective.com.
3 minutes | 5 months ago
Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Influential Album Selection
For the month of July 2020, we are completing our round of influential hip hop albums with Sonic Collective member Scott Gregory choosing the lone album from Lauryn Hill. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Listen along as to why Scott chose this selection and what you can expect as you listen along with us this month. For full show notes, other reviews and much more content please join us at http://thesoniccollective.com.
29 minutes | 5 months ago
Review of Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force: Planet Rock
After a month of listening to this iconic and often talked about early pioneer album in the history of hip hop, rap and EDM, we came back together to discuss the history, the music and how it holds up today. There was lots of great discussion on this album and we also had lots of laughs. For the full review show notes, scoring summary and access to all our many shows, please visit us at http://thesoniccollective.com
10 minutes | 6 months ago
Review of A Tribe Called Quest: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
As we’re doing a round of rap album picks at The Sonic Collective, I gave People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm one listen and decided to make it our album for May 2020. Released on April 10, 1990, it was the group’s debut album. From Queens, New York, A Tribe Called Quest formed a friendship with hip-hop act Jungle Brothers, both groups formed a collective called Native Tongues, which also included De La Soul. They played with beats, technology and built their skills in the rap world. Listen along to our review and join us at thesoniccollective.com for show notes and access to more music reviews and stories. Also available on your favourite podcast platforms.
5 minutes | 6 months ago
Afrika Bambaataa: Planet Rock, Influential Album Selection
For the month of June, 2020 we continue our exploration of Hip-Hop, and once again, it’s my turn to choose our album. I consulted with one of my best friends, a guy who is very attuned to Hip-Hop culture and its fascinating history, and upon his recommendation, I landed on Afrika Bambaataa’s Planet Rock: The Album. We invite you to listen to why I selected this album and listen along. We will release the podcast of our review at the beginning of July 2020. Join us at thesoniccollective.com or on your favourite podcast platform for more information and access to all our shows. Alain and The Sonic Collective..
40 minutes | 7 months ago
What Makes a Great Album? Featuring Broadcasting Legend Alan Cross
We’ve enjoyed and discussed 70 albums since 2014 at the Sonic Collective. During that time we’ve covered quite a bit of territory. From our first pick, Fela Kuti’s Zombie, to Van Halen I, Frank Sinatra Live at the Sands, and even a round of movie soundtracks. But there’s been one common thread regardless of genre, time period, or concept, that’s run through each selection. The search for a great album. The entire package. A group of songs that work together to create more than just a few good singles, rather an experience and journey for the listener. So what makes a great album? This is the question and discussion we had with Alan Cross, an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. For more show notes and access to all our content please join us at thesoniccollective.com.
25 minutes | 7 months ago
Review of Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man
So, if you’re looking to learn more about music, and rediscover amazing albums that changed the sonic landscape forever, look no further. To start our hip hop round of album reviews, Darren Scott selected this album that has been cited as an early appearance and major influence on the birth of hip hop and rap. Listen along and enjoy as we discover and discuss if this album can stand the test of time and deserves such high praises. For access to the full review, extra content and more albums, please visit us at thesoniccollective.com.
2 minutes | 7 months ago
Album Selection: A Tribe Called Quest-People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
For May 2020, while we all wait out COVID 19, Sonic Collective member Scott Coates has selected this first A Tribe Called Quest album for our hip hop round. Have a listen as he explains what turned him to select this album, and then be sure to come back and listen to our review. Does this album still stand up? Does it deserve the praise it has garnered? Let's find out. For more selection details and access to all our shows, visit us at thesoniccollective.com.
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