Okkervil River’s Will Sheff sounds like someone shrugging off burdens, his music built on steady patience and willingness for difficult but freeing reflection.
Emotionally Amanda Shires’ Take It Like a Man interlaces heartache and disappointment with the profoundly temporal joys of new beginnings and aches of desire.
Drive-By Truckers’ Welcome 2 Club XIII is more introspective and subdued than the previous raw, unfiltered laments and analyses of American culture.
Whereas My Morning Jacket's The Waterfall contemplated conflict, The Waterfall II identifies healing and personal transformation as the next stage of being.
Once Drive-By Truckers' The Unraveling hits the fourth song, "Thoughts and Prayers", the album dives headlong into the nightmares of the United States in 2020.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard go full metal to craft a brutal warning against ecological destruction on their 15th studio album, Infest the Rats' Nest.
On Wide Awake, Rayland Baxter channels his inner Paul McCartney, cranks the melodies up to 11, and makes a masterful play for the pop-rock middle.