Tuesday, January 6 2009
Incisive, heartrending, and beautifully crafted, The Old Man and the Storm reflects on how the "crippled city [has struggled] to right itself," despite insurmountable odds.
Friday, December 12 2008
Surviving traumas, Wendy (Michelle Williams) serves as both detailed portrait and metaphorical expanse. Her pain is specific but also vague, her loss exact and all-encompassing.
Thursday, December 11 2008
A legend's output is doubled with stellar results.
Sunday, December 7 2008
If you somehow missed J5, maybe it's for the better now that you can experience this outstanding debut with a bunch of extra goodies.
Brighten the Corners focused in a way that showed the band not bucking the burdens of indie rock off their backs, as they did on Wowee Zowee, but setting them aside to make a great record.
Tuesday, November 25 2008
It all began with one weird little album with a weird little cover, with weird little songs sung by a weird guy who couldn’t even enunciate properly.
Friday, November 21 2008
In Nerakhoon, Thavi's memories are both poetic and harsh, tied up in the war he left behind but also never escaped.
Thursday, November 20 2008
Gomez, like the Beatles, hijack the warm russet tones of Americana, but adapt these elements to a British perspective.
Tuesday, November 18 2008
Listening to UFO as a whole over a steady period reveals its final strength: It's definitely an album, not just a sturdy hodgepodge.
Tuesday, November 11 2008
One of rock's all-time classic concert LPs is expanded, remastered, redoubled, posterized, essayfied, and videotastically ultra-enhanced. In a word: Budokan!