album reviews.

Taking Apart Kelela’s ‘Take Me Apart’: A Song-by-Song Breakdown

Kelela Take Me Apart Warp Records · October 6, 2017 [three_fourth]Take Me Apart is an immersive experience of lovelorn tracks flowing together and breathing the same air, demonstrating a mastery of the album format. There are so many recurring melodic and textural themes that pop up from track to track that it’s often difficult to distinguish a […]

Wolf Parade release full length ‘Cry Cry Cry’

Wolf Parade Cry Cry Cry Sub Pop · October 6, 2017 [three_fourth]If the members of Wolf Parade were urban planners, they would create pretty, well-proportioned neighborhoods with a mess of secret tunnels and basement laboratories underneath. If they were crooked accountants, they would be great at cooking the books so that nobody would find anything wrong. Which […]

New Politics release full-length ‘Lost in Translation’

New Politics Lost in Translation Warner Bros. Records · October 6, 2017 [three_fourth]After two years, New Politics are back with their fourth studio album Lost in Translation. Following the early releases of five of the ten songs on the album, I was skeptical as to what New Politics was trying to accomplish. The songs seemed dissonant in […]

The World Is A Beautiful Place release full-length ‘Always Foreign’

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die Always Foreign Epitaph Records · September 29th, 2017 On their new full length, TWIABP treads new sonic and lyrical ground while maintaining elements of their old sound. [three_fourth]Since 2010, emo revivalists The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To […]

Miley Cyrus releases full-length ‘Younger Now’

Miley Cyrus Younger Now RCA Records · September 29th, 2017 [one_fourth] Listen to Younger Now here: [/one_fourth] [three_fourth] Miley Cyrus’ Younger Now is an album that makes one think “…Oh…okay…” at the end, but not in a good way. After teasing her newest album as some sort of epiphanous rebirth, a passion project filled with her newfound inner peace […]

The Killers release full-length “Wonderful Wonderful”

The Killers Wonderful Wonderful Island Records · September 15th, 2017 “The Killers have come out of their cage with their first release in five years, and they’re getting personal this time.” [three_fourth]The Killers have made a name for themselves with big, high-energy pop-rock songs that were made to be played live and blasted at full volume. A […]

Macklemore releases full-length “GEMINI”

Macklemore GEMINI Bendo, LLC · September 22, 2017 Back? Yes. Like he never left? No. Macklemore plays catch-up with his latest solo album, but he still manages to stay endearing from start to finish. [one_fourth] Listen to GEMINI here: [/one_fourth] [three_fourth]There aren’t many insults that haven’t been thrown at Macklemore. He has been called an awful lot of things […]

Open Mike Eagle releases full-length “Brick Body Kids Still Daydream”

Open Mike Eagle Brick Body Kids Still Daydream Mello Music Group · September 15th, 2017 “Open Mike Eagle delivers an intelligent and refreshing record that tells a myriad of personal stories while also tackling lofty societal issues.” [one_fourth] Listen to Brick Body Kids Still Daydream here: [/one_fourth] [three_fourth] Open Mike Eagle is not your typical rapper. Long time fans […]

Zola Jesus releases full-length “Okovi”

Zola Jesus Okovi Sacred Bones Records · September 8th, 2017 [three_fourth]Zola Jesus is back to bring subtlety to her anguish, which she has in spades. Joy has no place on Okovi; it’s an open process of grief for others and the self. While there are more than the album’s fair share of beautiful moments – lush reverb […]

Alvvays release full-length “Antisocialites”

Alvvays Antisocialites Polyvinyl Record Co. · September 8th, 2017  [three_fourth]The genre-adverse Alvvays are back with the same relaxed yet surprisingly articulate vibes their 2014 self-titled tipped its toe into. There’s much more polish to this album; what used to be a duel has been slightly reined in to let vocalist Molly Rankin’s voice float effortlessly towards […]

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