Album Reviews

Sonny and the Sunsets, “Talent Night At The Ashram” review: A mixed, musical film festival

Over the last four years, Sonny and the Sunsets’ Sonny Smith has achieved the output of a scrappy Soundcloud producer. Aside from his screenplays and short stories (some featuring callbacks to his time in Denver, where he started his music career playing piano at the now-defunct Muddy Waters cafe), Smith has released seven full-length albums in the last four years.

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»