Album Review

Pond is at its best with new full-length ‘Tasmania’

Pond Tasmania Spinning Top Records / Caroline · March 1, 2019 Aussie psych-rockers Pond follow up their nihilistic psych-pop album The Weather with their strongest and most innovate sound yet on their newest LP, Tasmania. Produced by Kevin Parker, and considering a few of Pond’s members tour for Tame Impala’s live shows, Pond seems to have […]

Solange surprises us with ‘When I Get Home’

Solange When I Get Home Columbia Records · March 1, 2019 Three years after the release of her critically-acclaimed album, A Seat at the Table, Solange began dropping hints that a new album was on the way. Two days later, as Black History Month was coming to a close, When I Get Home appeared. While the Knowles […]

Benny Sings sticks to what he knows on ‘City Pop’

Benny Sings City Pop Stones Throw Records · February 22, 2019 Wanna see something weird? Look at Benny Sings’ career. The Dutch singer, songwriter and producer has been making retro pop since 2003, managing to smoothly transition from the artsy radio crowd to current young streaming audiences. You might recognize his stage name from his collaboration […]

Avril Lavigne releases mediocre-at-best ‘Head Above Water’

Avril Lavigne Head Above Water Avril Lavigne / BMG · February 15, 2019 When Avril Lavigne stepped onto the music scene in 2002 with her debut single, “Complicated,” she established herself as a brash, loudmouthed, rebel pop-punk superstar. I, like so many others, grew up with Lavigne’s message of embracing the weird and outlandish part of […]

Nubiyan Twist channels multi-cultural influences on ‘Jungle Run’

Nubiyan Twist Jungle Run !K7 Records · February 15, 2019 On February 15th, the London-based musical group Nubiyan Twist released their newest body of work, Jungle Run. Following a string of positively received projects such as Siren Song and Dance Inna London/All the Pieces, this 10-track album runs 55 minutes in length and is a wonderful, […]

Xiu Xiu brings sonic brutality to the table on ‘Girl with Basket of Fruit’

Xiu Xiu Girl with Basket of Fruit Polyvinyl Records · February 8, 2019 17 years after their inception, Xiu Xiu proves they haven’t lost interest in pushing the envelope on Girl with Basket of Fruit, one of the first great albums of 2019. Girl with Basket of Fruit opens with the lyrics “Take a break / […]

In ‘People Change,’ machineheart has a hot-blooded debut

machineheart People Change Nettwerk Records · February 8, 2019 The consistently cold angst felt throughout this album makes machineheart worthy of its namesake. It is difficult to categorize a moody concoction of electronic synths with indie rock undertones into a particular genre. In machineheart’s debut album People Change, Stevie Scott’s high-pitched and delicate voice bares consistently grungy […]

Panda Bear gets a little repetitive on ‘Buoys’

Panda Bear Buoys Domino Records · February 8, 2019 Going into any Animal Collective album, whether it’s the group together, or in this case a solo venture, there are expectations of experimentation and original, never-before thought up sounds. With Buoys, Panda Bear tries almost the exact opposite. Buoys, the sixth solo album from Panda Bear, is […]

Girlpool step out of their comfort zone on ‘What Chaos Is Imaginary’

Girlpool What Chaos Is Imaginary Girlpool Music / ANTI- Records · February 1, 2019 What continues to hold this record back is Girlpool’s refusal to entirely distinguish themselves from their peers. Girlpool’s third record What Chaos Is Imaginary is a landmark, important project. It is their first record since Cleo Tucker came out as transgender and […]

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