Album Reviews

Album review: The Civil Wars, “The Civil Wars”

Album review: The Civil Wars, "The Civil Wars."

The Civil Wars’ major label debut, “The Civil Wars,” is cleaner, crisper and stronger than their debut, but not always better.



Album Review: AlunaGeorge, “Body Music”

AlunaGeorge, "Body Music."

Though there are some hits early on here, much of AlunaGeorge’s “Body Music” comes off as variations on the same pop/R&B theme.



Album review: Mayer Hawthorne, “Where Does This Door Go?”

Mayer Hawthorne, "Where Does This Door Go?"

“Where Does This Door Go” is Mayer Hawthorne’s most pop-sensible album as well as his most idiosyncratic.



Album Review: AraabMuzik, “The Remixes, Vol. 1″

AraabMUZIK, "The Remixes Vol. 1"

If we’re going to splash some cash for AraabMuzik’s “The Remixes, Vol. 1,” there needs to be more substance—or at least a version with no watermarks.



“Magna Carta Holy Grail” review: Jay-Z’s money flows, not inspiration

"Magna Carta Holy Grail" review: Jay-Z's money flows, not inspiration

On “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” Jay-Z is still trying to tell his rags to riches story, but the wealth of A-list cameos turn the album into a hollow business expense.



Album review: Mark Mulcahy, “Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You”

Mark Mulcahy, "Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You"

Mark Mulcahy’s “Dear Mark J. Mulcahy” doles out its emotions in pin pricks and splinters – tight and snappy, rollicking and sardonic, but always with economy in mind.



Album review: Pretty Lights, “A Color Map of the Sun”

Album review: Pretty Lights, "A Color Map of the Sun."

Like many of the jam musicians, who act as Smith’s electronic and nonelectronic forebears, Pretty Lights feels bent on showing off the producer’s prowess with electronics more than anything else on “A Color Map of the Sun.”



Album review: Kanye West, “Yeezus”

Kanye West, "Yeezus"

“Yeezus” is a glitchy, stripped down album, experimental at its core, but all the ridiculousness and insight you’d expect from Kanye West.



Album Review: The Lonely Island, “The Wack Album”

The Lonely Island, "The Wack Album."

The Lonely Island has returned with another obtuse comedy album that pokes fun at a variety of modern trends and genres—but mostly rap.



Album review: Camera Obscura, “Desire Lines”

The mellow, half-smiling “William’s Heart” and (relatively) rocking “Do It Again” paint “Desire Lines” as more ambitious than other Camera Obscura releases.

The mellow, half-smiling “William’s Heart” and (relatively) rocking “Do It Again” paint “Desire Lines” as more ambitious than other Camera Obscura releases.