Album Reviews

10 best albums of 2014 (so far): Future Islands, Beck and more

SXSW 2014 - Day 3

With half the year in the can, Reverb ranks the ten best albums of 2014 so far.



Album review: Parquet Courts, “Sunbathing Animal”

Album review: Parquet Courts, "Sunbathing Animal"

“Sunbathing Animal” is a fine-tuned punk dust-off. Parquet Courts are sharper than ever, even if they sound at times like they’re bored as hell.



Album review: The Roots, “…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin”

Album review: The Roots, "...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin"

The Roots’ “…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin” doesn’t have the impact of “Undun,” and suffers from its generalizing lofty concept.



Album review: The Black Keys, “Turn Blue”

Album review: The Black Keys, "Turn Blue"

If “El Camino” was a surprise party, The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue” is a meditative decamp away from the hangers-on, somewhere closer to their point of origin.



Album review: Lykke Li, “I Never Learn”

Album review: Lykke Li, "I Never Learn."

“I Never Learn” suggests that that time between releases hasn’t been kind to Lykke Li at all.



Album review: Wye Oak, “Shriek”

Album review: Wye Oak, “Shriek”

Maryland’s Wye Oak blends a generous amount of R&B into their indie-grunge formula on “Shriek” and comes up with an album unique to both genres.



4/20 Special: Does smoking weed make music better?

Snoop Lion Cannabis Cup

Reverb music critic Dylan Owens reviews an album sober, then reviews the same album high. Here are the results.



Album review: Mac DeMarco, “Salad Days”

Album review: Mac DeMarco, "Salad Days"

Most of Mac DeMarco’s pensive “Salad Days” stares down life’s doldrums without any obvious hint of his usual “What, me worry?” grin.



Album review: Future Islands, “Singles”

Album review: Future Islands, "Singles"

“Singles” is the uncommon album that works in pieces over the car stereo, in concerted listens and, rarest of all, onstage in front of all your exes.



Album review: The War On Drugs, “Lost In The Dream”

Album review: The War On Drugs, "Lost In The Dream"

“Lost In The Dream” places The War On Drugs soundly in the the classic rock bin, with simmering ballads on par with the ’80s shiniest gems.