Reviews

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

Album Review: Various Artists, 'The Art of McCartney'


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Producer Ralph Sall lined up a stunning roster of vocalists to match the 34 Paul McCartney-penned tracks on this collection of songs, the best selections of which stray farthest from the originals.

Album Review: Damien Rice, 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy'


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With the release of the lead single, "I Don't Want to Change You," from Damien Rice's new outing, 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy,' social networks lit up with adulation and praise, as if an old best friend had suddenly re-emerged after a long absence.

Album Review: The New Basement Tapes, 'Lost On the River'


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T-Bone Burnett received a gift from Bob Dylan, out of the blue: a scrapbook of lyrics written forty-something years ago but never set to music. Burnett assembled a supergroup of artists and recorded the tunes at Capitol Records in Hollywood, and the resulting album largely succeeds. Even Bob Dylan's cast-off ideas make really good songs.

Album Review: TV on the Radio, 'Seeds'


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TV on the Radio's new album is a thrilling return: arguably their most accessible effort to date, while still retaining just enough of the inscrutability that helped put them on the map.

R.E.M.'s rich pageant


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Former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck bemusedly noted, "People tend to think of us as this mystic art band." A new six-DVD box set chronicling the life of the R.E.M., titled 'REMTV', argues a good case for R.E.M.'s revered status. Read a review of the video series and accompanying documentary about the band.

Unforgettable videos from the 'Teenage Kicks' era


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As 'Teenage Kicks' celebrates five years on the air, host Jacquie Fuller shares the videos that have stuck with her so deeply she could "storyboard them for you from memory." See if these videos jog your memory, and share your own favorites.

Album Review: Stars, 'No One Is Lost'


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Stars prove that measuring success on album sales and licensing deals is a poor indication of talent. On their eighth studio album, Stars bolster their brand of synth-based duets, proving they're the same band you know and love.

Album review: Foo Fighters, 'Sonic Highways'


'Sonic Highways' marks the twentieth anniversary since the band formed to record their hit heavy debut album. Over the past two decades the band that once existed in the halo of Nirvana has emerged as Grohl's true legacy.