Friday, November 21 2014
I Love You's... attempts at wedding theatrical, celestial rock with low-down, pulsing post-rock is a miss in many ways.
Thursday, November 20 2014
Bringing along a few old friends, Bryan Ferry returns to form, crafting a sophisti-pop masterpiece.
Sonic Highways is based around a high-concept idea, but the result is an affirmation of the Foo Fighters' core appeal.
Fistful of Hollow doesn't retread the ground laid out on past records, but instead offers a new path through genres Swingin' Utters continue to explore and, yet again, renders the band's sound fresh and dynamic.
These songs from New Zealand skim and dip, within waves of oceanic imagery, full of Pacific calm or pending storm.
In light of Christopher Owens' never-a-dull-moment backstory and back catalog, the last thing you'd expect is that A New Testament would be as monotonous as it is.
Jessie J fails to reach the glory of high-flying single "Bang Bang" on third album Sweet Talker.
Wednesday, November 19 2014
The painful loss of their friend and collaborator haunts TV on the Radio's newest album. However, the tortured and torturous love of Seeds are all products of a grieving band refusing to recede into themselves, brazenly choosing to affirm life.
Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford add music to Bob Dylan’s lyrics for The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River.
Though the individual tracks stand strong, The Hum's corner-cutting arrangement obscures and frustrates its most important asset: momentum.
Sam Hunt records his first full-length LP, makes an argument about genre, and is still problematic about women.
In lieu of issuing an album proper, Jens Lekman lovingly wraps three new compositions in a mixtape that plays like a gift to the listener, showing off his personal sources of inspiration.
NSYNC's songs never really defined their era so much as were merely a product of them.
Tuesday, November 18 2014
pom pom is up there with Ariel Pink's very best work, even if there’s nothing as insanely hooky as “Round and Round".
Like George Harrison, whose career and influence only grew after his death, Gibb’s final efforts reveal that he too deserves a re-evaluation of his solo offerings.
When Hyponotized succeeds, it feels like a fresh start and a new direction that could worm its way into Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi's other band, the Men, or wander down its own weird path for quite a while.
A 1985 bestseller re-issue which fails miserably to stand the test of time to put it mildly.
With Motion, Calvin Harris delivers a pleasant album, not without flaws.
Some interesting questions, and some worthy answers from bluegrass country rockers Greensky.
Monday, November 17 2014
Alpha Mike Foxtrot's 77 tracks suggest that Wilco didn't have an experimental period. Instead, we see Wilco as an ever-changing, constant experiment in and of itself.