Reviews

Music and album reviews from the staff of 89.3 The Current.

Album of the Week: A Tribe Called Quest, 'We Got It From Here ... Thank You 4 Your Service'


A Tribe Called Quest, 'We got it from Here...'

When Phife Dawg passed away due to complications from diabetes, behind the scenes, A Tribe Called Quest had almost completed a record that would completely change their position in the history books. Weeks upon weeks of sessions spent face to face, in Q-Tip's home studio, were pushing towards a record that would celebrate all the progress that the crew and the hip-hop genre had made in the past two decades.

Album of the Week: Jim James, 'Eternally Even'


Jim James, 'Eternally Even'

The second solo record for My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James is a swirly, nine-track album of grooves, layers, darkness and downright soulful, funkiness at times. The album is also full of political statements and observations, and its release just before Election Day couldn't be more timely.

Album of the Week: Warpaint, 'Heads Up'


Warpaint, 'Heads Up'

Warpaint's latest album features the danceable lead single 'New Song' alongside tracks that are more consistent with Warpaint's oeuvre of meticulous sounds best suited for a rainy day.

Album of the Week: Kings of Leon, 'WALLS'


Kings of Leon, 'Walls'

The journey to becoming a celebrity rock band comes through on Kings of Leon's seventh studio album, 'WALLS,' as Caleb Followill sings about life on the road like it's a scene from a blockbuster romance.

Album of the Week: Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'


Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'

There is something about the human voice and simple accompaniment in its unadorned form with no electronic enhancements, and it works particularly well on Conor Oberst's solo album, 'Ruminations,' a poetic batch of songs that appear to focus on the darker and more fragile side of the human condition.

Album of the Week: Phantogram, 'Three'


Phantogram, 'Three'

Phantogram's music sounds like a movie soundtrack. If this were a movie, its characters would be marked by grief and torn apart by darkness. Confusing emotional ground forced Phantogram to dig deep on 'Three'.

Album of the Week: Drive-By Truckers, 'American Band'


Drive-By Truckers

The Drive-By Truckers are an outspoken Southern band with progressive ideas, and with their latest record, they show they're not afraid to to let you know their feelings about inequality, racism, gun violence and police brutality. 'American Band' is being called their most political album to date; it's timely and most certainly a protest record.