Thursday, November 14 2013
With just enough self-consciousness to shape her stream-of-consciousness songs, it's when indie eccentric Courtney Barnett gets caught up in her own head that her music gets stuck in yours.
Luscious Jackson's first album in almost 15 years was part of a fan-driven campaign. Unfortunately, much of Magic Hour will have fans likely wanting more.
Birdy is attempting to make her mark on her own terms with second album Fire Within, her first release entirely composed of original material. The results are certainly better than you might expect.
Heart of Nowhere, Noah and the Whale’s fourth album, ambitiously takes us into the heart of the teenage dream.
The Vibrators gave us some of the greatest punk singles in history; unfortunately, this collection of re-recordings and lesser lights does them no favors.
Wednesday, November 13 2013
As its title suggests, Chance of Rain hinges on contingencies.
Swearin's best songcraft battles their derivative impulses on this sophomore record.
Fairy tales, children's poems and nursery rhymes. Wild Child adds conflict to innocence.
Sister, the third album from young Swedish heavy metal band In Solitude, captures the group as they step out of the shadows of their forebearers to stake a claim on their own patch of darkness.
Ry Cooder rarely plays in public these days, so this live set of 11 songs he’s recorded over his multi-decade career, plus one wild card, is a rare treat.
One cannot overstate the importance of that rhythm; makes one feel hongry, sexy and a little mean -- even when White’s singing about storms and kids, poverty and hard work and finding oneself hanging out in the graveyard.
Tuesday, November 12 2013
While this epic album/book combo borrows from all eras of the band's long history, it's got its own tense seething, its own structure, its own curiosities and, finally, its own impact.
Back to Land, the latest release from minimalist motorik four-piece Wooden Shjips, isn’t likely to be the album you were expecting. But it is one to prove that the band’s free spirit still reigns.
It’s a countrified album in the best sense of what was done in the mid-‘70s with records such as It’ll Shine When It Shines to a certain extent, just with more emphasis on the country end of the pop spectrum.
Except for a few cool production techniques and some interesting mid-song changes, it's just a collection of shallow, uninvolving tracks with plenty of distortion and eccentric singing.
Arriving sooner than anyone expected, #METIME improves on the 2 Chainz experience in almost every way while delivering exactly what fans have come to expect.
This is the kind of record that gives rise to lots of associations -- intentional, unintentional, whatever -- and while for some bands that kind of provocational association can be a good thing, it is bad news for Young Rebel Set.
Monday, November 11 2013
Lady Gaga can see all the smiling faces in the funhouse mirrors nodding in approval, but she refuses to believe that she's the only person in the room, the smiles all her own.
Boombastic instrumental grime from one of the rising talents in Bristol's new grime wave.
Fade Away is a presentation of more of the same music that Best Coast has already made. Whether or not that's bad news to you depends on how big of a fan you really are.