Reviews

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

Album Review: Cage The Elephant, 'Melophobia'

The third album from the Kentucky-fried rockers Cage The Elephant is the sound of a band having fun, oblivious to anyone outside the room. The band's mix of punk, '60s garage rock and '80s alt rock creates a brew that sounds surprisingly unique.

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Album Review: Mason Jennings, 'Always Been'

For his 10th studio album, Mason Jennings enlisted the help of producer and guitarist Bo Ramsey to record a lush and nuanced roots record. The fuller sound is proof that Jennings' songwriting talents only continue to grow. Few would argue that this is his most mature-sounding record to date.

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Album Review: Poliça, 'Shulamith'

On their important sophomore release, Shulamith, Poliça double down on all that is good about their distinctive sound. Sometimes tribal, tinged with a meditative delicacy, they produce a universally attractive organic texture, explaining the positive reaction they've garnered all over the world.

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Album review: Pearl Jam, 'Lightning Bolt'

One of Pearl Jam's defining characteristics is that they have wedged themselves into their own corner of American rock music. They can rest assured that their spot in the canon will remain unaltered.

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Album review: Lorde, 'Pure Heroine'

2013 appears to be the year of the break-out debut single. The story goes like this: if your single is strong enough, you get significant press, praise and enough hype and money to fund a debut album well beyond the means of most fledgling artists. Such is the case with Lorde's Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor.

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