Album Reviews

Action Bronson, “Mr. Wonderful” review: A familiar recipe

The brief change of pace is enough to make “Mr. Wonderful” a business-as-usual record for Action Bronson.

The brief change of pace is enough to make “Mr. Wonderful” a business-as-usual record for Action Bronson.



Courtney Barnett, “Sometimes I Sit And Think” review: Charming middle-class poetry

Courtney Barnett illustrates the majesty in mundanity in her charming debut album "Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit."

Courtney Barnett illustrates the majesty in mundanity in her charming debut album “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.”



Twin Shadow, “Eclipse” review: Bigger isn’t always better

On "Eclipse", Twin Shadow sounds ready to explode out of the headphones of indie kids and into an arena.

On “Eclipse”, Twin Shadow sounds ready to explode out of the headphones of indie kids and into an arena.



Modest Mouse, “Strangers To Ourselves” review: A return to obscurity

"Strangers To Ourselves" signals a retrograde for Modest Mouse, back into the maw of damning obscurity.

“Strangers To Ourselves” signals a retrograde for Modest Mouse, back into the maw of damning obscurity.



Kendrick Lamar, “To Pimp a Butterfly” review: Why walk when you can fly?

Kendrick Lamar, "To Pimp  a Butterfly" review: Why walk when you can fly?

Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” isn’t about conquering the fear of flying, it’s about the steps we take to get one foot off the ground in order to take flight.



Alex Wiley, “One Singular Flame Emoji” review: A party album for the right crowd

On “One Singular Flame Emoji” Alex Wiley brings the lighthearted spirit of the internet into a collection of songs that have much to say about partying, even if there's not a lot of insight on the generation throwing the parties.

On “One Singular Flame Emoji” Alex Wiley brings the lighthearted spirit of the internet into a collection of songs that have much to say about partying, even if there’s not a lot of insight on the generation throwing the parties.



Will Butler, “Policy” review: Arcade Fire brother takes a sincere solo path

In an age where irony rules, Will Butler decided to be earnest and, simply put, “Policy” is fun.

In an age where irony rules, Will Butler decided to be earnest and, simply put, “Policy” is fun.



Matthew E. White, “Fresh Blood” review: Soul man brings life to a classic genre

Matthew E. White does soul music proud with "Fresh Blood," no gimmicks necessary.

Matthew E. White does soul music proud with “Fresh Blood,” no gimmicks necessary.



Purity Ring, “another eternity” review: Duo’s “future pop” feels familiar

Purity Ring, "another eternity" review: Duo's "future pop" feels familiar

On Purity Ring’s “another eternity,” the duo’s “future pop” has caught up with the mainstream.



Noel Gallagher, “Chasing Yesterday” review: Album offers nostalgia and little else

Noel Gallagher's "Chasing Yesterday" offers a fraction of the surprises and joy we consistently get from his press junkets.

Noel Gallagher’s “Chasing Yesterday” offers a fraction of the surprises and joy we consistently get from his press junkets.