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

Album Review: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Can Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros break free from the shadow of the behemoth success of their single "Home"? In their latest self-titled album, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros may have found something a little bit better: an album that can take the live essence of the band and feature it in a way that feels entirely sincere, experimental, and fun.

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Album Review: Mayer Hawthorne - 'Where Does This Door Go'

Mayer Hawthorne is known for delivering Motown and even Barry White influenced vintage R&B, but his 5th studio album Where Does This Door Go is a little different. He seems to have ditched the retro-soul influenced sound in favor of something a little more modern.

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Album Review: Preservation Hall Jazz Band - 'That's It!'

It's weird to say, but That's It!, the new album from Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is about 100 years in the making. Not that the songs are 100 years old, or the musicians, but the spirit and roots of this music harkens back to the earliest days of 20th Century New Orleans jazz, while at the same time taking a cherished institution and pointing it to the future.

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Album Review: Dessa - Parts of Speech

At this point in her career, Dessa has little left to prove. In Minnesota, she's achieved total media saturation. Nationally, her profile has steadily risen with vocal support from flagship critics like Robert Christgau and media outlets like Elle Magazine and MTV. And all signs point to Parts of Speech serving as her biggest push toward a mainstream audience yet.

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Album Review: Mavis Staples - One True Vine

Like 2010's You Are Not Alone, Mavis Staples' latest album One True Vine was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Recorded in his Chicago loft, Tweedy and his son Spencer back Staples' signature vocals by performing nearly every instrument heard on the album, but One True Vine has sparse instrumentation---her voice is the real showcase.

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Album Review: Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle

Laura Marling's fourth album, Once I Was An Eagle, was expertly produced by Ethan Johns, who is best known for his work with Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams and Ray LaMontagne. It's a wonderful-sounding album, spare and earthy.

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