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

Album of the Week: Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'

Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'

There is something about the human voice and simple accompaniment in its unadorned form with no electronic enhancements, and it works particularly well on Conor Oberst's solo album, 'Ruminations,' a poetic batch of songs that appear to focus on the darker and more fragile side of the human condition.

Album of the Week: Phantogram, 'Three'

Phantogram, 'Three'

Phantogram's music sounds like a movie soundtrack. If this were a movie, its characters would be marked by grief and torn apart by darkness. Confusing emotional ground forced Phantogram to dig deep on 'Three'.

Album of the Week: Drive-By Truckers, 'American Band'

Drive-By Truckers

The Drive-By Truckers are an outspoken Southern band with progressive ideas, and with their latest record, they show they're not afraid to to let you know their feelings about inequality, racism, gun violence and police brutality. 'American Band' is being called their most political album to date; it's timely and most certainly a protest record.

Album of the Week: Bon Iver, '22, A Million'

Bon Iver, '22, A Million'

While it's fair to say that '22, A Million' is experimental in nature, it is still, at its core, a Bon Iver record. There are quiet, heart-rending moments, there are epic moments, and one of the album's defining characteristics is that it rewards repeat listens.

Album of the Week: Car Seat Headrest, 'Teens of Denial'

Car Seat Headrest, 'Teens of Denial'

Will Toledo's Matador Records debut exhibits a rugged individualism underneath a preppy swagger that comes through on songs that are completely unapologetic. The album invokes a DIY aesthetic reminiscent of the early '90s, without being contrived or overtly trying to sound like grunge.

Album of the Week: The Head and the Heart, 'Signs of Light'

The Head and the Heart, 'Signs of Light'

The Head and the Heart moved away from 'folksiness' to embrace a bigger, bolder musical vision -- one filled with louder guitars, heavier rhythms and bigger arrangements, all encased in gorgeous vocal harmonies that evoke artists like Lucius, the Staves, and classic artists like Crosby Stills and Nash, and Fleetwood Mac.

Album of the Week: Wilco, 'Schmilco'

Wilco, 'Schmilco'

Wilco have become as unpredictable as Neil Young; you never know what's next musically. On their latest album, 'Schmilco', Wilco bring a spare, almost 'unplugged' set of songs. Wilco have been a steady unit for more than a decade, and they are firing on all cylinders.

Album of the Week: Joseph, 'I'm Alone, No You're Not'


'I'm Alone, No You're Not' could be considered the debut from one of the year's most promising acts. Although it's not Joseph's first album, it's a musical statement that the sister trio from Portland, Ore., have found their voices as songwriters and performers.