Album Reviews

Damien Rice : O

Getting your Irish up.

Radiohead : Hail to the Thief

Radiohead, Radiohead, Radiohead, etc., etc. etc.

Gold Chains : Young Miss America

Gold Chains is calling code red on soci-i-i-ety.

Prefuse 73 : One Word Extinguisher

Is there such a thing as emo-tronica?

Pinback : Offcell

San Diegans’ new EP is a splendid tease of what’s to come.

Fruit Bats : Mouthfuls

New full length from Ugly Casanova collaborators.

Ben Folds : Speed Graphic EP

Folds avoids label issues with self-released EP.

Decemberists : Castaways and Cutouts

Portland by-way-of Minnesota band gets second chance; we win.

Pleasure Forever : Alter

Sometimes it feels good to be bad.

Blur : Think Tank

Brit-pop vets return with stunning 7th album.

Matthew Sweet : Kimi Ga Suki

Matthew Sweet gives much love to Japan.

Tomahawk : Mit Gas

Mike Patton’s umpteenth band makes a surprisingly accessible second album.

Ed Harcourt : From Every Sphere

Harcourt’s newest is a simple record wrapped in extravagant orchestration.

Califone : Quicksand/Cradlesnakes

Califone might be the world’s first post-country band.

Cursive : The Ugly Organ

Andrew Lloyd Webber never rocked this hard.

The Postal Service : Give Up

The emo kids are learning to dance.

Cat Power : You Are Free

It’s the music that matters most.

The Postal Service : Such Great Heights; The District Sleeps Alone Tonight

Did Jimmy Tamborello and Ben Gibbard write the best singles of the year?