Album Reviews

Father John Misty, “I Love You Honeybear” review: Trading one-liners for sincerity

From the first song of his debut album, “Fear Fun,” singer-songwriter Father John Misty (née Josh Tillman) proved an immediately intriguing character. With the charisma of a preacher and a comedian’s sense of delivery, Tillman waxed existential to the sounds of his then-home of Laurel Canyon, a semi-mythical L.A. neighborhood that inspired the likes of Joni Mitchell, CSNY and Jackson Browne.

Lil Wayne, “Sorry 4 the Wait 2″ review: A bitter road to “Tha Carter V”

Lil Wayne is fed up. And his latest mixtape, “Sorry 4 the Wait 2,” opens up like a family fight on Thanksgiving. Over the “Coco” beat he’s going hard at Cash Money Records, spewing all the family drama, exalting his position and calling Birdman an “ugly duckling.” It’s at once a hilarious display of an artist who is at his wit’s end and excellent rap calisthenics in prep for what we hope is the release of “Tha Carter V.” Read More»

Ariel Pink “pom pom” review: weird, wonderful and divisive

In the coming months, “pom pom,” Ariel Pink’s latest LP of satire-laced goof-pop, will serve as an unwitting litmus test. It will play at a party, and the room will part like boys and girls at a middle school dance: some ready to dance and sing feverishly with the de facto DJ to its songs about Jello, frog princes and “goth bombs,” while the rest beg them to turn it off.