Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin describe the vibe of their Keane side project as country, and while it is awash in the richness of Rice- Oxley’s trademark melodies, Mt. Desolation is actually more Coldplay than Hank Williams. Nevertheless, some hallmarks of classic country music remain: lovely, haunting melodies, sweet harmonies, straightforward lyrics, acoustic timbres, and of course, the omnipresent root–5 country bass line. Although Andrew Lowe doesn’t get much space to stretch out, his upright and electric bass playing is eminently appropriate for the genre, and for this collection of wonderfully crafted, melody-driven songs. —BENJAMIN LEVINE
The New Golden Age Of Metal, The Complete Interviews
Yes, there really is a cartoon character on the cover of the April 2010 issue of Bass Player. But that’s no ordinary animated dude; it’s William Murderface of the quantruple- platinum, über-brutal metal band Dethklok, an act so big that their record sales can affect the economies of major Western countries for good or ill.