Tuesday, March 24 2015
Forgoing the obvious hits and contemporary pop star collaborators, iconoclast Van Morrison raises the bar for what duet albums can and should be.
The assortment of different tunes here suggests McKay understands the complexity of the past and reveals her empathy for a more hopeful time when love and peace were fresh thoughts rather than a debased slogan.
Michael Booth sets out to investigate the mystery of Scandinavian perfection. He doesn’t find the answer, but what he does find is equally entertaining.
Larson's description of the torpedoing of the Lusitania churns like an angry sea, full of detail gleaned from memoirs and letters of survivors and rescuers.
The Brothers Jarman maintain a taut, propulsive sound. There’s no let up at all, and even the more melodic entries maintain a considerable amount of swagger and sway.
Does every album have to be a classic? Minor pleasures are still pleasures, at the end of the day.
The Popguns are an archetypal '80s/'90s Brit indie band who, although they can knock out a passable tune, lack the inspiration or adventure to stray any distance from their fixed musical roots.
Monday, March 23 2015
Superman reveals his identity and spends a day without his powers, but he still finds a way to be a heroic ideal.
Disorder doesn't know how to balance its gameplay with its story or its art with its gameplay. It's a game whose individual pieces work well on their own, but when mixed together, they only break what was in the beginning a pretty fun game.
This is Deepti Kapoor’s time to paint a picture of India that no one has the nerve to do anymore.
For every powerful moment, there is a scene that lacks force and overstays its welcome.
The Identical is as egregious a cinematic misfire as could be imagined, bumbling its message, its music, and even in its spiritual intent during its ingratiating 107 minutes.
Even though Courtney Barnett has tightened and punched up her sound, her songwriting still gets stuck in your head because she gets lost in her own imagination.
UK Next Big Indie Thing loves Pavement, whispering, on US reissue of 2014 debut.
The stories in Subtly Worded are lost gems from Russia's wacky past.
Modern jazz's legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette assembles a post-bop dream team from hell.
Americana cult favorite Shakey Graves whets the appetite of his fans with the pleasantly surprising release of the Nobody's Fool EP.
Another confident expression of this couple's quiet command of music and lyrics, Fortune wins us over again.
Friday, March 20 2015
If gobbledygook was gold, Insurgent would be Ft. Knox.
Sean Penn tries to better Liam Neeson in the middle-aged ass-kicker action film genre, and fails miserably.