Reviews

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

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.

Album of the Week: Foxygen, 'Hang'


Foxygen, 'Hang'

Foxygen's newest album is lushly backed by a 40-piece orchestra, creating a rich sound that harks back to 1960s pop and to landmark albums of the 1970s.

Album of the Week: Ty Segall, 'Ty Segall'


Ty Segall, 'Ty Segall'

Ty Segall's ninth studio album is his second self-titled release (after his 2008 debut), but it's the first one he's recorded with producer Steve Albini. In her review of the album, Mary Lucia says it could be labeled 'garage rock,' but it seems to be a lot more than that.

Album of the Week: The xx, 'I See You'


The xx, 'I See You'

It's been five years since the xx released an album, and their new release, 'I See You', bravely wipes away the film that misted over the band's previous music and instead leaps forward with clear vocals front and center.

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.