Album Reviews

Album review: Benjamin Booker, “Benjamin Booker”

Album review: Benjamin Booker, “Benjamin Booker”

On his debut self-titled album, Benjamin Booker lends mid-20th century blues rock a modern twist, without any indication that it’s precisely the point.



Album Review: Ethan Johns, “The Reckoning”

Album Review: Ethan Johns, "The Reckoning"

If the rule is failure for producer-turned-performer, Ethan Johns’ Ryan Adams-produced “The Reckoning” proves a lovely exception.



Album review: Spoon, “They Want My Soul”

Album review: Spoon, "They Want My Soul."

Austin, TX has produced a long list of great rock outfits over the last 20 years. Preeminent among them sits Spoon. Led by frontman Britt Daniel’s born-to-rock rasp and deceptively complex riffs, Spoon has been essential listening for blossoming indie nerds and rock veterans alike, forging an easy coalition between the two factions, if only for a show’s length. But electric as the quartet can be, Spoon is on a rare cold streak. After almost a decade of consistently solid albums, peaking with the succinct [...]



Album review: Shabazz Palaces, “Lese Majesty”

Album review: Shabazz Palaces, "Lese Majesty"

If you’re willing to give it the attention it demands, there’s a lot to marvel at on Shabazz Palaces’ “Lese Majesty.”



Album review: Alvvays, “Alvvays”

Album review: Alvvays, "Alvvays"

You won’t hear these songs in a Wes Anderson flick, but most of “Alvvays” makes up an ideal soundtrack for the highs and—realistically—lows of your summer.



Album review: Trampled by Turtles, “Wild Animals”

Album review: Trampled by Turtles, “Wild Animals”

A transitional album, “Wild Animals” finds Trampled By Turtles caught between their old folk and alternative heroes.



Album review: Poli High, “Poli High”

Album review: Poli High, "Poli High"

Poli High, the newest side-project from Widowers’ Mike Marchant, was borne out of a crisis.



Album review: Old Crow Medicine Show, “Remedy”

Album review: Old Crow Medicine Show, "Remedy."

“Remedy” is a landmark album for Old Crow Medicine Show: it’s the first album without Willie Watson, and the first sign that might be a big problem.



Album review: Slow Caves, “Slow Caves”

Album review: Slow Caves, "Slow Caves"

Fort Collins’ Slow Caves drops a very quick screener of “the soundtrack to the greatest movie you’ve never seen” with their self-titled debut EP.



Album review: Sam Smith, “In The Lonely Hour”

Album review: Sam Smith, "In The Lonely Hour"

Sam Smith’s center-stage tenor is remarkable at times on “In The Lonely Hour.” In its lows, Smith’s one Christmas song away from a millenial Michael Bublé.