Album Reviews

Album review: The Juan MacLean, “In a Dream”

The Juan MacLean gets more dense, athletic and dancy on "In a Dream" thanks to help from LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang.

The Juan MacLean gets more dense, athletic and dancy on “In a Dream” thanks to help from LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang.



Album review: Blake Mills, “Heigh Ho”

Album review: Blake Mills, "Heigh Ho"

On his sophomore album, “Heigh Ho,” Blake Mills keeps his dizzying fretwork to a minimum, letting his songwriting seize the spotlight instead.



Album review: Ryan Adams, “Ryan Adams”

Ryan Adams uses his self-titled to plumb a forgotten genre, '80s ballad rock, and often makes you wonder why he thought it was worth remembering.

Ryan Adams uses his self-titled album to plumb a forgotten genre, ’80s ballad rock, and often makes you wonder why he thought it was worth remembering.



Album review: Karen O, “Crush Songs”

Album review: Through 25 minutes of scratchy bedroom music, Karen O will lead you into a cooing, peaceful place on her debut solo album, "Crush Songs."

Through 25 minutes of scratchy bedroom music, Karen O will lead you into a cooing, peaceful place on her debut solo album, “Crush Songs.”



Album review: Tennis, “Ritual In Repeat”

Album review: Tennis, "Ritual In Repeat"

“Ritual In Repeat” is an appealing next step for Tennis, mixing funk and soul into their repertoire without abandoning their charming song-craft.



Album review: Ty Segall, “Manipulator”

Ty Segall seizes the moment with "Manipulator," dispensing with the 27-year-old's usual fine layer of scuzz for a polished sound that's been burnished to a high gloss.

Ty Segall seizes the moment with “Manipulator,” dispensing with the 27-year-old’s usual fine layer of scuzz for a polished sound that’s been burnished to a high gloss.



Album review: Rustie, “Green Language”

Glasgow electronic producer Rustie questionably adds hip-hop and R&B vocals into the mix on "Green Language," featuring Danny Brown, Redinho and Muhsinah.

Glasgow electronic producer Rustie questionably adds hip-hop and R&B vocals into the mix on “Green Language,” featuring Danny Brown, Redinho and Muhsinah.



Album review: Benjamin Booker, “Benjamin Booker”

Album review: Benjamin Booker, “Benjamin Booker”

On his debut self-titled album, Benjamin Booker lends mid-20th century blues rock a modern twist, without any indication that it’s precisely the point.



Album Review: Ethan Johns, “The Reckoning”

Album Review: Ethan Johns, "The Reckoning"

If the rule is failure for producer-turned-performer, Ethan Johns’ Ryan Adams-produced “The Reckoning” proves a lovely exception.



Album review: Spoon, “They Want My Soul”

Album review: Spoon, "They Want My Soul."

Austin, TX has produced a long list of great rock outfits over the last 20 years. Preeminent among them sits Spoon. Led by frontman Britt Daniel’s born-to-rock rasp and deceptively complex riffs, Spoon has been essential listening for blossoming indie nerds and rock veterans alike, forging an easy coalition between the two factions, if only for a show’s length. But electric as the quartet can be, Spoon is on a rare cold streak. After almost a decade of consistently solid albums, peaking with the succinct [...]