Somehow, Arcade Fire have created an album that’s one half an exciting return to form and the other a continuation of their worst impulses with WE.
Girlpool’s Forgiveness finds the duo drifting through several iterations of low-key indie pop music, infused with electronic noises and acoustic folk.
Norway’s Mall Girl combine powerful math rock with alt-pop dreaminess on their debut album Superstar, where languid melodies reside with fast tempos and technical playing.
Molly Tuttle brings in high-powered guests for Crooked Tree, a wide-ranging collection of excellent bluegrass and folk songs, but she’s the star of the show.
Sea Girls have expanded their sound in small but successful ways on Homesick. It’s a solid sophomore effort with excellent songwriting throughout.
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Lucifer on the Sofa is another worthy addition to Spoon’s extensive catalog of fabulous records. It’s great to hear them getting a little loose and rocking out.
The New Pornographers brought the hooks, so the melodies and earworms mostly rise above sloppiness on Mass Romantic. The newly remastered edition subtly cleans up these audio issues.
Dream Theater’s Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence probably never had a chance at besting predecessor Scenes From a Memory, but it nonetheless found the quintet sustaining their creative peak.
Thirty years on Green Day’s Kerplunk! stands shoulder to shoulder with anything else the band created in the future and showed where they were headed.
Punch Brothers interpret bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice’s 1983 brilliant album, Church Street Blues. It’s a fascinating project and a rewarding listen.