Reviews

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

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

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'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.

Album of the Week: Atmosphere, 'Fishing Blues'

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'Fishing Blues,' Atmosphere's ninth album in 18 years, features Ant's solid production that provides grounding beats for Slug, who may be more than confessional than ever on some of these tracks.

Album of the Week: Various artists, 'Day of the Dead'

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Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National have curated a gargantuan new collection spotlighting the music of the Grateful Dead. The collection includes contributions from the War on Drugs, the National, and Courtney Barnett.

Album of the Week: Haley Bonar, 'Impossible Dream'

Haley Bonar, 'Impossible Dream'

Our Album of the Week is Haley Bonar's 'Impossible Dream,' releasing Friday, Aug., 5, on GNDWIRE Records. Brian Oake describes the album as 'a shimmering, reflective collection of memories and faded dreams' likely to end up on many of the year's best-of lists.

Album of the Week: The Avalanches, 'Wildflower'

The Avalanches, 'Wildflower'

The Avalanches' album 'Wildflower' isn't a record that easily clicks into focus, but the underlying infrastructure is not only apparent, it's fairly spectacular at that. The joy of the album is its consistent sense of surprise.

Album of the Week: Michael Kiwanuka, 'Love & Hate'

Michael Kiwanuka's new album 'Love & Hate' will be available on July 15, 2016.

It's been four years since Michael Kiwanuka's debut release; his follow-up, 'Love & Hate,' is a genuine, evocative statement that Brian Oake says is not only a beautiful album, it's an important one.

Album of the Week: Garbage, 'Strange Little Birds'

Garbage, 'Strange Little Birds'

More than 20 years on from their debut, the band Garbage -- with original lineup of Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker -- continue to create great songs for their fans. Their new album 'Strange Little Birds' does exactly that.

Album of the Week: The Avett Brothers, 'True Sadness'

The Avett Brothers, 'True Sadness'

'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.

Album of the Week: Band of Horses, 'Why Are You OK?'

Band of Horses, 'Why Are You OK?'

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.