Album Reviews

40 watt sun perfect light review

40 Watt Sun : Perfect Light

The UK doom metal project transitions into a more stripped-down dark folk sound.

Reptaliens Multiverse review

Reptaliens : Multiverse

The Portland group strips back their sound to create something more straightforward but no less satisfying

Boris W review

Boris : W

On this more atmospheric companion album to NO, the trio craft a heavy album of quiet parts.

Elvis Costello The Boy named if review

Elvis Costello & The Imposters : The Boy Named If

A more energized Costello and company deliver their strongest set of songs in over a decade.

Earl Sweatshirt sick review

Earl Sweatshirt : Sick!

More than a decade after his debut, Earl eases into a succinct but mature set of songs.

Boy Harsher : The Runner (Original Soundtrack)

The Massachusetts darkwave duo score a horror film with cool, seething neon results.

40 watt sun perfect light review

Mizmor : Wit’s End

A brief album comprising two epic halves, showcasing a challenging, thought-provoking duality.

Bonobo Fragments review

Bonobo : Fragments

An album born of empty dancefloors, but one that finds unexpected connections with the help of a few friends.

Garcia Peoples Dodging Dues review

Garcia Peoples : Dodging Dues

The work of a band with both songwriting chops and more freewheeling instrumental tendencies.

Artsick Fingers Crossed review

Artsick : Fingers Crossed

Precision engineered indie rock with some appealingly rough edges.

The Weeknd Dawn FM review

The Weeknd : Dawn FM

Abel Tesfaye’s most ambitious work plays like a radio station in purgatory.

Fazer Plex review

Fazer : Plex

The German group sound perfectly in synch with each other on this set of minimalist groove.

Anxious Little Green House review

Anxious : Little Green House

A scrapbook of punk rock’s best recent moves.

Anna Von Hausswolff live at montreux review

Anna Von Hausswolff : Live at Montreux Jazz Festival

Not a complete reinvention of her sound but a well composed permutation of it.

Julie Doiron I Thought of You review

Julie Doiron : I Thought of You

The veteran singer/songwriter’s first LP in 9 years is more rowdy and ragged, a celebration with a tinge of melancholy.

Aeon Station Observatory review

Aeon Station : Observatory

The Wrens’ Kevin Whelan makes his solo debut, featuring songs originally intended for his former band.

Mandy Indiana EP review

Mandy, Indiana : …EP

An abrasive, experimental debut with noir tendencies.

Aimee Mann Queens of the Summer Hotel

Aimee Mann : Queens of the Summer Hotel

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Aimee Mann moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music…

aesop rock Garbology

Aesop Rock x Blockhead : Garbology

A perfect emcee-DJ pairing, with a long-overdue album-length collaboration finally arriving.

Kayo Dot Moss Grew review

Kayo Dot : Moss Grew on the Swords and Plowshares Alike

Once, years ago, there was a magical band called maudlin of the Well. While today…