Reviews

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

Album of the Week: Laura Marling, 'Semper Femina'


Laura Marling, 'Semper Femina'

Laura Marling's latest album presents a California-tinged evolution of Marling's sound, exploring new ways of using her gifts and searching her creativity for a new form of muse. Although Marling may twist our expectations, 'Semper Femina' may be her most accessible album yet.

Album of the Week: Rag'n'Bone Man, 'Human'


Rag'n'Bone Man, 'Human'

Fluctuating between soulful love ballads, blues standards, hip-hop flavored reflections about his hometown, and funkified gospels, Rag'n'Bone Man's debut full-length album, 'Human,' pulls from several previous releases to showcase Graham's powerful and spirited voice.

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.