Thursday, December 5 2013
Hunters' paradigm of noise-punk layered with melodic hooks is a common enough model, but Hunters pursue some sideways diversions on the grime-ridden path.
The Brightest Light isn’t a perfect album from the Mission. That said, it is very good and has the potential to please established fans as well as the newly interested.
The title track will floor you: a stunning return to form for our favorite indie rock weirdos. The rest of this slapdash EP? Not so much.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
Like the band's proper albums, its singles collections get better each time around. Volume 3 is the best collection yet, with some downright gems and curious if imperfect steps into the unknown.
Intending to pique and whet before note one, this partnership between members of Neon Indian and Tigercity infuses some sorely needed sexuality back into oft-sterilized electronic pop.
Father John's soundtrack to his wife's upcoming short film wants to be hypnotic and foreboding; it settles for fitfully pretty and forgettable.
The UK pop star barely avoids a sophomore slump with this retro, hook-heavy set.
The best tracks on Engravings combine icy ambience with doomy grooves. The more lackluster pieces lack melodic hooks and try to get by on atmosphere alone.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
It's been 45 years, and we're still trying to figure this record out, but this expansive edition gives us the clearest picture of the band's murky sophomore record. It reveals the group's thorny vision for the album and perfectly honors the late Lou Reed.
Whales and Leeches is not the raging triumph hoped for.
Afrobeat's most famous AIDS casualty gets Red Hot honors once again.
The latest work from electronic artist Mike Silver finds him expanding his sonic palate to reach new heights.
There's some great, if hokey, material to be had on I Robot, and yet it is also hugely entertaining and a must have for geeks interested in the late '70s sci-fi landscape
The heart is in the right place even if the head isn't for Springsteen and I, a "fan-made" homage to the Boss for... who, exactly?
I felt ridiculous, but I found myself choking back tears throughout this film.
Monday, December 2 2013
The soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' film about Greenwich Village's folk scene is slick, polished, and reverent to a fault.
A mostly scattershot sequel to 2012's Blue Chips.
Milk Money is a pleasant work of songcraft, but one wonders if it might have been a touch stronger by just including the album closer and nearly 25-minute epic “Legos (for Terry)”.
A fine, varied set of tunes from a talented Madagascar native.
One of the best stand-up comics around shows off a skill set few can match on her new album.