Thursday, February 12 2015
Celebrated singer-songwriter John Grant collaborates with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, in what proves to be one of the most incendiary live albums in recent memory.
This is chance over method: a real post-industrial display of art born out of an immediate flow of ideas, immortalised onto a disk, assembled by the very negation of art that is genuine calculus and roughly adjusted by man
Wednesday, February 11 2015
Natalie Prass is technically a self-titled singer-songwriter debut. It's just that it doesn't sound like any of those things.
A "micro opera" involving a Mark E Smith impersonator, caravan holidays, and British fascist punks upholds Haines's reputation as a singular songwriter.
Blackberry Smoke is one of those groups that fiercely adheres to past precepts. Indeed, if its sound recalls the aforementioned standard bearers -- and it does -- then it’s just as true that the members have learned those lessons well.
Has the quirky, DIY indie-pop album become a cliche? How about the psychedelic collage album, then?
Denver’s image was wrapped in sincerity and disarming, if sometimes hokey, charm. On one hand these were his weaknesses – he was an easy target for the critics – but they were also his strengths, as he came across as genuine and honest.
Tuesday, February 10 2015
Everything works on Tomorrow Is My Turn, an album that heralds the arrival of a major American artist.
Winterborn isn't particularly original, but the songwriting is strong and the riffs are a nice combination of heavy and catchy.
Red Red Meat were one of the purest American bands, pushing boundaries of music to the breaking point and incorporating diverse styles to create their own unique vision of America.
Howlin' Rain strikes an unbalanced chord between calm and cacophony on fourth studio release.
Dark Entries' compilation of early '80s underground bands from the Bay Area offers an exciting glimpse into a powerfully creative era.
Monday, February 9 2015
Josh Tillman leaves the depression that triggered his beloved debut behind. In its place is the subject of love in all its beauty and messiness.
Just because their dad produced Transformers, it doesn't make Wardell bad people.
The guitarist takes his acoustic band (guitar trio plus vibes) for a spin on some classic fusion tunes from the 1970s.
The Notwist follow up last year's Close to the Glass with this collection of unreleased instrumental material.
With Dark Side of the Mule, Haynes and company’s faithful recitations do little to breathe life into already tired songs for those new to the Mule.
Friday, February 6 2015
Lupe Fiasco ends his troubled relationship with Atlantic Records with a thrillingly ambitious sendoff.
John Carpenter's non-soundtrack album is engrossing and dark, bringing to mind images from his best works both audio and visual.
Part of this Dogg's appeal always could be found in his strange sense of humor and gritty look at reality. He's not above being vulgar or afraid to be saintly.