Album Reviews

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.



Album review: Thom Yorke, “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes”

“Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” sounds more like a Thom Yorke solo album than anything he’s released, with all the great, so-so and weird that he's capable of.

“Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” sounds more like a Thom Yorke solo album than anything he’s released, with all the great, so-so and weird that he’s capable of.



Album review: Alt-J, “This Is All Yours”

Album review: Alt-J, "This Is All Yours"

After “This is all Yours,” the old question of whether Alt-J is really the next Radiohead is sort of beside the point.



Album review: Aphex Twin, “Syro”

Album review: Aphex Twin, “Syro”

“Syro,” Aphex Twin’s first album in 13 years, is a captivating experience in the way of the best ambient LPs: enjoyable, but surprisingly provocative.



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.