Album Reviews

Bambara Love on My Mind review

Bambara : Love On My Mind

A tightened, sharpened, but concise set of post-punk.

Shamir Heterosexuality review

Shamir : Heterosexuality

A richly arranged pop album that seeks a deeper interior understanding

Band of Horses Things are great review

Band of Horses : Things Are Great

With a sardonic view of a dark timeline, Band of Horses return with an exceptional set of songs.

Kendra Morris Nine Lives review

Kendra Morris : Nine Lives

On Morris’ fourth album, she sounds cool, collected and free.

belle and sebastian a bit of previous review

Superchunk – Wild Loneliness

The North Carolina indie heroes’ first pandemic recording is a sunnier, dreamier pop wonder.

Mark Lockheart Dreamers review

Mark Lockheart : Dreamers

The UK jazz artist enhances his new school sound with a greater degree of electronic elements.

Venom Prison Erebos review

Venom Prison : Erebos

As the death metal band’s ambition grows, their direction becomes more confounding

A Place to Bury Strangers See Through You review

A Place to Bury Strangers : See Through You

The New York noise-gazers balance their cacophony and sonic experiments with some of their strongest post-punk sounds to date.

Quiet Dawn Movements review

Quiet Dawn : Movements

An EP that does what its title says, while keeping listeners in a trance

Hurray for the Riff Raff Life on Earth review

Hurray For the Riff Raff – Life on Earth

Alynda Segarra tackles heavy topics but retains some hope on one of their strongest albums to date

Spoon : Lucifer on the Sofa

Spoon’s hardest rocking album in years finds them with a renewed verve and confidence of direction

tim kasher middling age review

Frank Turner : FTHC

The singer/songwriter delivers a set of outsized rock anthems with a deeply personal bent

beach house once twice melody

Beach House : Once Twice Melody

The Baltimore duo’s eighth album and first double album is a grand statement, heavy on vibes.

Zeal and Ardor review

Zeal & Ardor : Zeal & Ardor

The Swiss black metal group evolves further on this diverse set of heavy new songs

Silverbacks Archive Material review

Silverbacks : Archive Material

The Irish post-punk group step up their game in a big way on their latest LP.

big thief dragon new warm mountain i believe in you review

Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

Further exploration and expansion abound on the group’s new double album

Los Bitchos Let the Festivities Begin review

Los Bitchos : Let the Festivities Begin!

The London group’s debut is eclectic cool, swirling cumbia, psych and surf rock

Animal Collective Time Skiffs review

Animal Collective : Time Skiffs

The group makes a turn toward the revelatory with their psychedelic, stunning new album

Author and Punisher Kruller review

Author & Punisher : Krüller

Tristan Shone continues to bend his machine metal into more melodic and experimental shapes

renata zeiguer picnic in the dark review

Mitski : Laurel Hell

A worthwhile and enjoyable sixth album that carries a bit of exhaustion.