'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.
M83's Anthony Gonzalez has spoken about attempting to resurrect bits of pop culture thought to be forgotten; his band's latest 'Junk', veers frenetically across a range of influences, giving the effect of an anthology of postcards from the past.
Weezer fans have longed for the combination of the band's grunge-pop debut with the emo masterpiece, 'Pinkerton.' That combination isn't present on the 'White Album' as Cuomo leans more towards rock cliches than the brashness of his youth.
The Lumineers faced a steep climb after experiencing an enormous hit straight out of the gate. Their follow-up, 'Cleopatra', is a mixed bag; it contains some of the best music the trio has ever produced alongside less captivating work.