Album Reviews

Torn Hawk, “Let’s Cry” review: Luke Wyatt makes an unlikely protagonist

It's hard to tell what Luke Wyatt's Torn Hawk is more interested in: disquieting video or atmospheric audio. "Let's Cry..." proves neither stands alone.

It’s hard to tell what Luke Wyatt’s Torn Hawk is more interested in: disquieting video or atmospheric audio. “Let’s Cry…” proves neither stands alone.



Azealia Banks “Broke With Expensive Taste” review: A familiar surprise

Even though a handful of songs on Azealia Banks' “Broke With Expensive Taste” are old news, they fit right in and haven’t gotten stale over the last few years.

Even though a handful of songs on Azealia Banks’ “Broke With Expensive Taste” are old news, they fit right in and haven’t gotten stale over the last few years.



Teyana Taylor, “VII” review: More chops than Instagram photos

Teyana Taylor's “VII" proves the girl has got some chops and is more of a singer/songwriter than her online antics let on.

Teyana Taylor’s “VII” proves the girl has got some chops and is more of a singer/songwriter than her online antics let on.



Deerhoof, “La Isla Bonita” review: Still fresh and still weird

Listening to Deerhoof's “La Isla Bonita” is like riding a wooden rollercoaster. It’s twisting, jolting and jarring, full of bumps and sharp turns, and somehow still fluid as a whole ride.

Listening to Deerhoof’s “La Isla Bonita” is like riding a wooden rollercoaster. It’s twisting, jolting and jarring, full of bumps and sharp turns, and somehow still fluid as a whole ride.



Les Sins’ “Michael” isn’t original, but is it good?

Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick returns with "Michael," his second release as Les Sins with one goal: If not original, make it good.

Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bundick returns with “Michael,” his second release as Les Sins with one goal: If not original, make it good.



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.