The Avalanches' album 'Wildflower' isn't a record that easily clicks into focus, but the underlying infrastructure is not only apparent, it's fairly spectacular at that. The joy of the album is its consistent sense of surprise.
More than 20 years on from their debut, the band Garbage -- with original lineup of Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker -- continue to create great songs for their fans. Their new album 'Strange Little Birds' does exactly that.
'True Sadness' isn't an inviting title, but the idea of an album that exposes the truly sad parts of life is profound, and the traditional folk arrangements and instrumentation on the album lift you up instead of dragging you down.
For Band of Horses' fifth studio album, frontman Ben Bridwell turned to American indie-rock insider Jason Lytle. As a result, 'Why Are You OK?' strikes the perfect balance between Bridwell's meandering lyrics and intricate guitar melodies.
Chance the Rapper brings his optimistic lit-hop to his latest mix, 'Coloring Book.' He's not afraid to take on big issues, but Chance infuses his songs with a sense of hope, and the album only gets better with each listening.
The Jayhawks' new album features the band's signature sunny melodies and their trademark harmonies, but it also breaks new ground by adventuring into new sounds. With 'Paging Mr. Proust,' the Jayhawks look to the future without forgetting their past.