Here are some reviews of things I've consumed lately. You know, if you care what I think about any of it.
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is the second album from the reformed Alice In Chains. Their breakthrough album, Dirt, is one of my all-time favorite records and when they came back with new singer William DuVall and released Black Gives Way to Blue I was excited. Black had some excellent tunes on it and had promise that there would be more. Now there is and Devil is a bit more of a departure from Black, which isn't a bad thing. The thing I don't like about this record is that every song seems to be the same tempo. There's only one really fiery guitar solo and it's played by DuVall. Like Black there are a couple of interesting tunes including Phantom Limb, Hollow and the title track. Not enough to say that I highly recommend the record, but enough that if you're a fan and/or a completist you should pick it up.
Not Fade Away is David Chase's feature film debut. The uproar after the end of The Sopranos was cacophonous and I bet Chase was hoping that it would resonate with viewers more than it did with me. I really wanted to like this film but no, there's no way. It's really episodic, like a series of vignettes that are supposed to connect and do only because the characters tell you they do. The throughline of a band's formation, disintegration and reformation is tedious. James Gandolfini as the cranky patriarch is the high point of the film but he can't sustain it. I didn't even know the main character's name until halfway through the film. Maybe it was me not paying close attention but it's also that the story just isn't there. A narrator at the beginning and the end only confuses the issue. I can't recommend this film at all.