Album Reviews

Panda Bear, “Mr Noah” review: Nearly captures the magic of Animal Collective

If you bear with the animal-centric cacophony of the first few spins, Panda Bear's surprise four-track EP, "Mr. Noah," delights with repeat listens.

If you bear with the animal-centric cacophony of the first few spins, Panda Bear’s surprise four-track EP, “Mr. Noah,” delights with repeat listens.



Taylor Swift, “1989” review: The pop evolution is complete, but does it work?

If you're willing to shake it off and party in a kitten-filled, frosting-topped New York, Taylor Swift's "1989" is a lot of fun.

If you’re willing to shake it off and party in a kitten-filled, frosting-topped New York, Taylor Swift’s “1989” is a lot of fun.



Thurston Moore “The Best Day” review: Taking it back to Sonic Youth

On "The Best Day," Thurston Moore moves from the folky elements of his past solo efforts to more of a rambling, instrumental-heavy, Sonic Youth feel.

On “The Best Day,” Thurston Moore moves from the folky elements of his past solo efforts to more of a rambling, instrumental-heavy, Sonic Youth feel.



Jessie Ware “Tough Love” review: A catchy, lovelorn album

London pop chanteuse Jessie Ware returns with another lovelorn round of catchy pop, setting her self up for a crossover third album, "Tough Love."

London pop chanteuse Jessie Ware returns with another lovelorn round of catchy pop, setting her self up for a crossover third album, “Tough Love.”



Little Big League “Tropical Jinx” review: Some lovely almost-punk

An album like "Tropical Jinx" is hard to put a succinct description on. Little Big League has made something close to punk, but not quite it.

An album like “Tropical Jinx” is hard to put a succinct description on. Little Big League has made something close to punk, but not quite it.



Foxygen “…And Star Power” review: A scatter-brained double LP

California indie-psych darlings Foxygen return with a follow-up to their excellent debut album with a scatter-brained double LP, "...And Star Power."

California indie-psych darlings Foxygen return with a follow-up to their excellent debut album with a scatter-brained double LP, “…And Star Power.”



Album review: Weezer, “Everything Will Be Alright in The End”

Let’s get right to the point: The new Weezer album does not suck. Actually, it’s pretty good.

Let’s get right to the point: The new Weezer album does not suck. Actually, it’s pretty good.



Album review: Flying Lotus, “You’re Dead!”

With his fifth LP, "You're Dead!," Flying Lotus addresses the specter of death with equal parts grim meditation and "no hard feelings" humor.

With his fifth LP, “You’re Dead!,” Flying Lotus addresses the specter of death with equal parts grim meditation and “no hard feelings” humor.



Album review: SBTRKT, “Wonder Where We Land”

Coming in at 15 tracks and at least six bonus songs, SBRKT doesn't hit cruise control on the lengthy release, "Wonder Where We Land."

Coming in at 15 tracks and at least six bonus songs, SBTRKT doesn’t hit cruise control on the lengthy release, “Wonder Where We Land.”



Album review: Christopher Owens, “A New Testament”

Unlike anything Christopher Owens has done before, "A New Testament" is an old school country record. Also, the album cover is ridiculous.

Unlike anything Christopher Owens has done before, “A New Testament” is an old school country record. Also, the album cover is ridiculous.