Reviews

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

Album of the Week: The Jayhawks, 'Paging Mr. Proust'

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.

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Album of the Week: M83, 'Junk'

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.

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Album of the Week: Weezer, 'Weezer (The White Album)'

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.

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Album of the Week: The Lumineers, 'Cleopatra'

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.

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Album of the Week: Bob Mould, 'Patch the Sky'

'Patch the Sky' is one of the most upbeat albums of Bob Mould's career, but it's also an album dominated by reflection and the haunting nature of the past. Despite that, 'Patch the Sky' is anything but a downer -- and it's anything but nostalgia.

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Album of the Week: Ray LaMontagne, 'Ouroboros'

From its very first song, Ray LaMontagne lets us know 'Ouroboros' is a different sort of outing. Stepping away from the easy-breezy folk music he's been known for, LaMontagne gives us a dreamy psychedelic album.

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Album of the Week: Jack Garratt, 'Phase'

Jack Garratt's debut album stands out for its use of dynamics and tempo; quiet moments contrast with bombastic cacophony. The result is a collection of electro-pop gems that create an immersive musical experience.

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Album of the Week: Mavis Staples, 'Livin' on a High Note'

With 'Livin' on a High Note,' Mavis Staples wanted to make a record that would uplift people. In another singer's hands, this may have come across as corny or preachy, but in this case, the beauty lies in the simplicity and the understanding of just who is delivering these words of hope.

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Album of the Week: Lucius, 'Good Grief'

The latest album from Lucius is a shinier, poppier, bigger version of the Lucius many of us fell in love with on 'Wildewoman'. 'Good Grief' is an album of power ballads, poppy R&B and a dash of Dusty Springfield-esque singing for balance.

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