Musicality – Vigil and Thieves, Peaches, Leona Lewis, In the Valley Below

Vigil and Thieves
Vicious Ears
(no label)
Heads up, alternative rock fans. The Kansas City band Vigil and Thieves is back with a new single. They toured all across the United States and came back ready to dish out some new tunes. Fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Brand New need to check these guys out. I’m a big fan of the guitar melodies in this particular song. It has a slight Incubus vibe to it. I love the lyrics – they get a bit passionate and political. It’s angry, but not forceful or defeated. The single is out and available to listen to through their Bandcamp website: http://vigilandthieves.bandcamp.com. Their upcoming shows in Missouri and Kansas are also listed there, so check them out.
Peaches
Rub
(I U She Music)
Peaches is not for the faint of heart. The music and lyrics are pure sex. The raunchy lyrics are far from subtle, and everything is laid out and open. There are no secrets here. You have to be a big fan of synthesizers to truly enjoy Peaches, because it’s heavy on the electronica style. The lyrics are repetitive, which is reminiscent of Peaches’ older stuff. And if you like her older music, you will love this album. My favorite song is “Sick in the Head,” which, unsurprisingly, stayed in my head all week. The bass is great in that song, and the grunge effects really make it stand out. My favorite songs off the album are “Pickles” and “Dumb Fuck.”
Leona Lewis
I Am
(Island/Def Jam)
There is a pop diva quality to Leona Lewis that I enjoy. In fact, if you combine the voices of Christina Aguilera and Lea Michele, you would get Leona Lewis’ voice. Her style is rather similar as well, especially in songs like “Fire Under My Feet” and “I Am.” She has the chops to compete with either of those singers. I’m a little behind on the Leona Lewis train, but this is her fifth album. For a first-time listener, this is a great one to start on. If you enjoy good pop music, do not ignore this CD. Her voice alone is worth the listen. My favorite songs are “Ladders,” “The Essence of Me” and “Power.”
In the Valley Below
The Belt
(Capitol)
This album has been out for a while, but the band has been gaining plenty of new fans lately with several recent tour stops in Kansas City. Though it was their live shows that caught my attention, this album is a wonderful experience. In the Valley Below is the band behind the single “Peaches,” which has been played on the radio quite a bit this year. As catchy as it is, I wouldn’t include it among my favorite songs of theirs

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