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

Album of the Week: Dan Wilson, 'Re-Covered'

Dan Wilson

For any music fan it's exciting to see how the sausage gets made, and Dan Wilson has been making some of the most powerful and successful sausage for musicians across genres for the past 15 years.

Album of the Week: Lana Del Rey, 'Lust For Life'

Lana Del Rey, 'Lust For Life'

Despite her critics' relentless efforts to discredit her as a musician and songwriter, Del Rey proves again that she controls the medium and the message of her music and creative expression.

Album of the Week: Beth Ditto, 'Fake Sugar'

Beth Ditto - Fake Sugar

Out on Virgin Records, Beth Ditto's powerful 'Fake Sugar' is the Album of the Week. 'The record not only shines on a light on her physical voice, but her lyrical voice in dealing with love, life, and where she stands as a person at this stage of creative existence,' writes Jill Riley.

Album of the Week: Benjamin Booker, 'Witness'

Benjamin Booker, 'Witness'

Benjamin Booker has a great ability to make retro appreciation sound very modern. On his second album -- filled with brightly lit, rocking blues, soul, and gospel-inspired tunes -- Booker clearly is brimming over with new ideas and thoughts about the world we occupy.

Album of the Week: Phoenix, 'Ti Amo'

Phoenix, 'Ti Amo'

Built on a theme of an imaginary, idealized Italy, Phoenix's sixth full-length, 'Ti Amo,' is an album that creates a mood. It envelops you in a state of nostalgia and longing for a better time and place, even if it only exists in your mind.

Album of the Week: Lorde, 'Melodrama'

Lorde, 'Melodrama'

Lorde's second album is a clear statement of who she wants to be, and it showcases her distinctive mezzo-soprano range and her affinity for minimal beats informed by contemporary rap music. The outcome is alternative-pop perfected.

Album of the Week: alt-J, 'Relaxer'

alt-j, 'Relaxer'

'Relaxer,' the third album from alt-J, is our Album of the Week. The new release 'proves to be a compelling record with plenty of intriguing rewards,' writes Mac Wilson.