Reviews

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

Album of the Week: The Avalanches, 'Wildflower'


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The Avalanches' album 'Wildflower' isn't a record that easily clicks into focus, but the underlying infrastructure is not only apparent, it's fairly spectacular at that. The joy of the album is its consistent sense of surprise.

Album of the Week: Michael Kiwanuka, 'Love & Hate'


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It's been four years since Michael Kiwanuka's debut release; his follow-up, 'Love & Hate,' is a genuine, evocative statement that Brian Oake says is not only a beautiful album, it's an important one.

Album of the Week: Garbage, 'Strange Little Birds'


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More than 20 years on from their debut, the band Garbage -- with original lineup of Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker -- continue to create great songs for their fans. Their new album 'Strange Little Birds' does exactly that.

Album of the Week: The Avett Brothers, 'True Sadness'


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'True Sadness' isn't an inviting title, but the idea of an album that exposes the truly sad parts of life is profound, and the traditional folk arrangements and instrumentation on the album lift you up instead of dragging you down.

Album of the Week: Band of Horses, 'Why Are You OK?'


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For Band of Horses' fifth studio album, frontman Ben Bridwell turned to American indie-rock insider Jason Lytle. As a result, 'Why Are You OK?' strikes the perfect balance between Bridwell's meandering lyrics and intricate guitar melodies.

Album of the Week: Chance the Rapper, 'Coloring Book'


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Chance the Rapper brings his optimistic lit-hop to his latest mix, 'Coloring Book.' He's not afraid to take on big issues, but Chance infuses his songs with a sense of hope, and the album only gets better with each listening.

Album of the Week: The Jayhawks, 'Paging Mr. Proust'


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The Jayhawks' new album features the band's signature sunny melodies and their trademark harmonies, but it also breaks new ground by adventuring into new sounds. With 'Paging Mr. Proust,' the Jayhawks look to the future without forgetting their past.