Reviews

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

Album of the Week: Conor Oberst, 'Salutations'


Conor Oberst, 'Salutations'

Conor Oberst's eighth solo studio album is a kind of companion piece to last year's effort, 'Ruminations.' Plugged in and fleshed out with a full band made up of Oberst's friends gives 'Salutations' a loose and fun feel that DJ Bill DeVille likens to Bob Dylan and the Band's Big Pink sessions.

Album of the Week: Grandaddy, 'Last Place'


Grandaddy, 'Last Place'

Grandaddy's fifth studio album -- and their first since 2006 -- is 'Last Place.' It's our album of the week. Brian Oake writes, 'This album is nostalgic, reflective, and, on most levels, hopeful.'

Album of the Week: Laura Marling, 'Semper Femina'


Laura Marling, 'Semper Femina'

Laura Marling's latest album presents a California-tinged evolution of Marling's sound, exploring new ways of using her gifts and searching her creativity for a new form of muse. Although Marling may twist our expectations, 'Semper Femina' may be her most accessible album yet.

Album of the Week: Rag'n'Bone Man, 'Human'


Rag'n'Bone Man, 'Human'

Fluctuating between soulful love ballads, blues standards, hip-hop flavored reflections about his hometown, and funkified gospels, Rag'n'Bone Man's debut full-length album, 'Human,' pulls from several previous releases to showcase Graham's powerful and spirited voice.

Album of the Week: Son Volt, 'Notes of Blue'


Son Volt, 'Notes of Blue'

For more than 20 years, singer-songwriter Jay Farrar has been exploring the Americana genre he helped define back in the early '90s. Now he's back with his band, Son Volt, for their eighth effort, 'Notes of Blue.'

Album of the Week: Nikki Lane, 'Highway Queen'


Nikki Lane

'Highway Queen' is the new album from Nashville singer-songwriter Nikki Lane, also known as the First Lady of Outlaw Country. Lane operates outside the norms of the country music world, making her own rules and not apologizing for it. Being labeled an outlaw suits Nikki Lane's image, her fashion sense, her blend of country and rock, and her feisty lyrics.

Album of the Week: Ryan Adams, 'Prisoner'


Ryan Adams, 'Prisoner'

Since Ryan Adams's debut solo album in 2000, the songwriter, lyricist, and performer has quietly become a prolific artist and producer. His 16th studio release, 'Prisoner,' is an exercise in perfecting what a tortured love song can and should be. It's also a more personal album, examining our relationships to the everyday realities of the world.