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Wednesday, January 28 2015

The Lone Bellow: Then Came the Morning

The Lone Bellow knows how to nail a crescendo. The problem with Then Came the Morning is that it makes it seem like the band is only good at that.


Björk: Biophilia Live

As Björk’s live shows become increasingly sprawling in their design and execution, less attention seems to be paid on the arrangements and the dynamics of her songs – or rather, their potential to be reworked into something entirely new onstage.


The House of Love: Live at the Lexington 13.11.13

Live at the Lexington 13.11.13 documents a return and pulverizes a myth. This album proves that the band is terribly alive. But it shows at the same time how mortal they are.


Tuesday, January 27 2015

The Dodos: Individ

If 2013's Carrier was a meditation on loss, Indvid is a bold cry of life, with the duo returning to take inventory of themselves full of energy, poetry, and release.


Noveller: Fantastic Planet

On Fantastic Planet Noveller's Sara Lipstate spends the early parts of the record selling us on her potential, making us rethink how we hear and feel texture in music, how we understand musical structures.


Moby: Hotel: Ambient

A re-release of a Moby bonus disc shifts focus back to the one of the artist's neglected talents.


Marcia Ball: The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man

If you own a good chunk of Ball’s catalog, there is nothing essential here. If you don’t, it’s a fine introduction.


Jean Grae: That’s Not How You Do That: An Instructional Album for Adults

Jean Grae is deep in the no-fucks-to-give phase of her career, and it's kind of great.


Monday, January 26 2015

Björk: Vulnicura (Take 1)

Björk's devastating ninth album Vulnicura, brutally chronicles the dissolution of her relationship with longtime partner, avant-garde NY filmmaker and sculptor Matthew Barney.


Björk: Vulnicura (Take 2)

By escaping from her grandiose visions to dwell in her own head, Björk has made a stark and overwhelming record that proves she still has an abundance of ideas to explore, even at a detriment to herself.


Jan St. Werner: Miscontinuum Album

Jan St.Werner's huge, vibrant Miscontinuum Album is spellbinding -- and could use fewer guests.


Chris Hickey: Love Away

Intimations of mortality echo throughout this fifth solo release from the contemplative Los Angeles singer-songwriter, formerly of Uma and Show of Hands.


Friday, January 23 2015

Mark Ronson: Uptown Special

This uptown ain't so special; honestly, you're better off staying downtown.


Various Artists: Millions Like Us: The Story of the Mod Revival 1977-1989

The resurgent mod scene of the late 1970s gets its due.


Fall Out Boy: American Beauty / American Psycho

Fall Out Boy version II makes a bid for the continued evolution of their sound. A mostly entertaining work emerges from this creative maelstrom.


Pugwash: A Rose in a Garden of Weeds: A Preamble Through the History of Pugwash…

It's high time that Pugwash and America got acquainted.


Thursday, January 22 2015

Marilyn Manson: The Pale Emperor

Marilyn Manson's new album experiments with dark blues and alt-country, but it fails to become truly memorable considering the risks each song avoids.


Diplo: F10rida

Before becoming the go-to pop music Midas for the likes of M.I.A., Usher, and Madonna, Diplo tried damn hard to be DJ Shadow, and surprisingly, wasn't half-bad at it.


Willie Nile: If I Was a River

The answer to the album title’s rhetorical question is self-evident--Nile is the river with all the rich suggestiveness that reference implies.


Michael Blake: Tiddy Boom

A relaxed but interesting tribute to tenor sax giants Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young from one of today's most eloquent players.


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