Jason Isbell's follow-up to his iconic 'Southeastern' album, 'Something More Than Free' is a quiet record, with ample room for self-reflection, with vivid character studies and moments of insight. The music allows for contemplation while showcasing Isbell's talent as a songwriter.
The second full-length album from Iceland's Of Monsters and Men projects the experience of a band who have matured together, and it also benefits from the band's decision to return to their unique culture to create an album that is truly from their hearts.
On his fourth full-length release, singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, sheds the folky tropes that once earned him the sobriquet 'Swedish Bob Dylan'. On 'Dark Bird is Home', Matsson opts to work with a richer palette, both sonically and thematically.
There's nothing new in rock music, but it can always be done better. Django Django do it better on 'Born Under Saturn', creating a collection of songs that are catchy, inventive, danceable and psychedelic.
Led by Bethany Cosentino's engaging vocals and Bobb Bruno's emergence as a guitarist and arranger, Best Coast's third full-length album just may be the one that nudges them from being a good band to a great band.