Reviews

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

Album of the Week: Run the Jewels, 'RTJ3'


Run the Jewels, 'RTJ3'

Run The Jewels' strength has been in taking El-P's nihilistic views and coupling them with Killer Mike's focus on self-reliance, courage and the increased importance of local networks in the face of big national crises. On their third outing, Run the Jewels expand their sonic palette and create another album that speaks truth to power from beginning to end.

Album of the Week: The Lemon Twigs, 'Do Hollywood'


The Lemon Twigs

The Lemon Twigs debut album leans away from the synth-driven soft rock that's trendy with their peers and instead celebrates the most familiar riffs and rhythms of bands like Wings, Big Star and Supertramp. 'Do Hollywood' is our Album of the Week.

Album of the Week: Neil Young, 'Peace Trail'


Neil Young, 'Peace Trail'

Neil Young's 37th solo album (and his second of 2016) displays the hardworking singer-songwriter in his signature restless, angry, profound, busy and brilliant fashion. 'Peace Trail' finds Neil Young searching for whatever's next on his long journey from the '60s to forever.

Album of the Week: Kacey Musgraves, 'A Very Kacey Christmas'


Kacey Musgraves, 'A Very Kacey Christmas'

'You know when an artist has arrived when they make a Christmas album,' writes Bill DeVille. 'Rising country and Americana star Kacey Musgraves just released hers; it's called, 'A Very Kacey Christmas,' and it just might be *the* holiday album this season.' Read DeVille's complete review and listen to tracks from 'A Very Kacey Christmas,' our Album of the Week.

Album of the Week: Childish Gambino, 'Awaken, My Love!'


Childish Gambino, 'Awaken, My Love!'

Actor Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, is back with his third album. 'Those hungry for the sounds of Prince, Sly Stone, and Funkadelic will be well-fed on the Moog synthesizers, organs and funky woodwinds laying the heaviest, funkiest grooves throughout the album,' writes Jade in her review. Read the full review and listen to tracks from 'Awaken, My Love!'.

Album of the Week: The Rolling Stones, 'Blue & Lonesome'


Rolling Stones, 'Blue & Lonesome'

Fifty years into their career, the Rolling Stones have released an album of all covers. These songs didn't just inspire the Stones, but formed the fabric of their catalogue. For longtime Stones fans, 'Blue & Lonesome' could be the centerpiece of the band's discography.

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.