Reviews

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

Album Review: Drive-By Truckers, 'English Oceans'

Drive-By Truckers are back with the tenth album of their nearly 20-year career, and this might be one their finest. The Truckers sing about what they know: real people with real-life problems in small-town America. They deliver their music with conviction, simplicity and grit.

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Album Review: Phantogram, 'Voices'

Phantogram's new release 'Voices' is such a series of knockouts, it can give the record the feel of a singles collection, or even a greatest hits album.

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Album Review: Temples, 'Sun Structures'

Temples, a four-piece band from England, did not set out to make a modern-sounding record; their album 'Sun Structures' is filled with reverb-soaked vocals and fuzzy guitars that whirl around you like a 1960s or '70s blizzard of sound.

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Album Review: Beck, 'Morning Phase'

Billed as a sequel to his 2002 release, 'Sea Change', Beck's new album, 'Morning Phase' has a heavier gravity to it, writes Steve Seel. Beck's pensiveness is more reflective, his sadness somehow more informed. And the result is an extremely rewarding experience.

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Album Review: Broken Bells, 'After the Disco'

With their second full offering, Broken Bells (Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, and James Mercer) are at the top of their game, letting go of any former walls and perfectly blending their musical worlds together.

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Album Review: Various Artists, 'Sweetheart 2014'

This new compilation of covers by various artists has, like all love stories, a few bumpy rides along the way, but hopefully by the end, your heart has been won over and you'll have a positive outlook for Valentine's Day.

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