Album Reviews

Before you go and download that next full album, you might want to consider just a few select songs.  Read our album reviews, and then weigh in on the opinion with the comments below.

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Album Review: Benjamin Gibbard – Former Lives

Album Review: Benjamin Gibbard – Former Lives

Oh boy. The moment the blogosphere erupted with the news that Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and lovable actress Zooey Deschanel, America's foremost indie-pop power-couple, had split up, we knew it'd be coming. Former Lives is every bit the wistful...

Album Review: Mumford and Sons – Babel

Album Review: Mumford and Sons – Babel

Mumford and Sons, from out of absolutely nowhere, have positioned themselves as cultural touchstones. While the band recalls turn-of-the-century bluegrass and anything else ever described as High and Lonesome, they are remarkably forward-thinking about the past. The...

Album Review: Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…

Growing up is a difficult thing for anyone, least of all an artist like Fiona Apple. She's made a (reluctant) career of being an angst-ridden perpetual-teen weirdo. In the six years since Extraordinary Machine, has Fiona taken the Tori Amos ride into irrelevant...

Album Review: Paul Simon – Graceland (25th Anniversary)

Inspired by a newfound love for South African music, Paul Simon took the journey of a lifetime to a recording studio in a nation gripped by Apartheid, bringing back to New York the puzzle pieces of what turned out to be his masterpiece. The 25th anniversary edition of...

Album Review: Hot Chip – In Our Heads

Electronic music used to be fun. At pretty much the exact moment Radiohead started making it, everyone forgot that dance music only ever existed as a soundtrack to unspeakable fun. What started as a campy reaction to the dominant arena rock of the 70s begat a whole...

Album Review: Public Image, Ltd – This is PiL

Watching the seminal Don Letts documentary The Punk Rock Movie, it's pretty immediately apparent that John Lydon and the rest of the original UK punk bands were as much influenced by Jamaican dub reggae as anything coming out of New York. Super-8 footage of The...

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