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Monday, February 16 2015

‘La Belle Captive’ Is a Beautiful Nightmare

Part murder-mystery, part erotic fever dream, La Belle Captive is a sumptuous nightmare.


THEESatisfaction: EarthEE

EarthEE, the duo's second album, creates its own singular space, one just as challenging, engaging, and revolutionary as its predecessor.


A Place to Bury Strangers: Transfixation

The Brooklyn-based noise-rock band try for a leaner, more focused sound, but they often find themselves missing the atmosphere of their earlier work.


Sir Richard Bishop: Tangier Sessions

The guitar playing is impressive, but the loose and self-indulgent nature of these compositions will test the listener's patience.


Cursive: The Ugly Organ (Reissue)

Cursive's much-loved rage cannon of a record has been remastered, allowing one to hear every mangled guitar chord, every abused organ note, every polyp in Kasher's throat. It's makes a legendarily bilious album even more so, like watching surgery in HD.


Nerina Pallot: Live From Union Chapel / Winter Rooms

Nerina Pallot releases the last two EPs of her 12-EP project: a live EP and some final studio recordings.


Friday, February 13 2015

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Pushes the Spy Spoof Only So Far

Kingsman is a cut above the usual winter flicks, but it's also flummoxed by its inability to maintain it subversive tone.


‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is a Stale Confection for Valentine’s Day

Despite its risqué reputation, this film, like the book it is adapted from, is a generic tale of male power that's been told many times before.


Dreamfall Chapters, Book One: Reborn

Players of the Dreamfall Chapters may find that more than a little research is necessary to enjoy the game's finer points.


You Can’t Sink Your Teeth Into Any of the Ideas in ‘Annabelle’

Annabelle pales in the shadow of its predecessor, the far superior The Conjuring.


Pond: Man It Feels Like Space Again

The Tame Impala-affiliated rock band bring psychedelia into the 21st century with lush textures, acid funk grooves, and huge infectious riffs.


Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove Volume 2

Treats for collectors of obscure Latin groove, but still appealing to more casual listeners.


King Crimson: Live at the Orpheum

King Crimson continue to march to the beat of their own drummers. All three of them.


Neneh Cherry: Blank Project Deluxe

If anything, the remixes on Neneh Cherry's deluxe release of Blank Project are essentially exercises in demonstrating the versatility and the loose and improvised constructs of the original versions' rhythms.


Trio Chemirani: Dawâr

Iranian-French trio makes ancient Persian music new.


Thursday, February 12 2015

‘Life of Crime’ Is Mediocrity Void of Ambition

Much like the Duracell bunny, Life of Crime has no brain; it has no anima.


Rumer: Into Colour

With her third release, Anglo-Pakistani singer-songwriter Rumer fully embraces the influences she’s merely hinted at on previous releases. The results are near-perfect.


The Body and Thou: You, Whom I Have Always Hated

A very, very rare effort, You, Whom I Have Always Hated, is as close to perfect an album as Thou and The Body have ever put out and nearly as perfect an album to emerge in years.


Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries

Letter to a Future Lover tries to make sense of the world through the flotsam and jetsam of things left in books.


Duke Garwood: Heavy Love

Heavy Love, the fourth album to date by this London-based multi-instrumentalist, is comprised mainly of hushed, harrowing soundscapes that are frequently as subversive as they are subdued.


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