Reviews

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

Album of the Week: Animal Collective, 'Painting With'


Bf77ab 20160228 animal collective painting with

The hallmark of any Animal Collective record is a sea of instruments, awash in reverb, with vocals layered over top. 'Painting With' features these signature elements in a consistent fashion over 41 minutes

Album of the Week: Lissie, 'My Wild West'


5a0fb0 20160221 lissie my wild west

Lissie's third release is a beautiful album. This is the sound of experience and sacrifice, the sound of growing up, and all the brilliance and brutality that that process entails. Lissie has never been more expert in her ability to convey emotion.

Album of the Week: Cloud Cult, 'The Seeker'


Ad78f1 20160212 cloud cult the seeker

In his foreword to the Cloud Cult book, 'Chasing the Light,' The Current's Mark Wheat posited the band's album 'Love' was their best ever. Mark now takes that back; 'The Seeker,' he says, is their best ever!

Album of the Week: Lucinda Williams, 'The Ghosts of Highway 20'


C66139 20160203 lucinda williams the ghosts of highway 20

Lucinda Williams' second double album in less than two years is inspired by a 190-mile stretch of road near the place in Louisiana where she grew up. If GQ magazine recently called Jason Isbell the King of Americana, perhaps Lucinda Williams is its reigning queen.

Album of the Week: Savages, 'Adore Life'


257e3c 20160131 savages adore life

Savages' highly stylized image is being used as a symbol of the state of modern music, dressed as they are all in black and looking tough. Savages are everywhere, and everyone seems to love them all of a sudden. But has the sophomore slump been safely negotiated?

Album of the Week: Grimes, 'Art Angels'


F1ffed 20160122 grimes art angels

Grimes's 'Art Angels' will almost certainly go down as one of the most boundary-pushing Albums of the Week we've ever featured at The Current. It is one of the strongest, strangest and best albums of recent years.

Album of the Week: Mixed Blood Majority, 'Insane World'


5782ab 20160117 mixed blood majority insane world

A collaboration among Doomtree producer Lazerbeak, Kill The Vultures' Crescent Moon, and No Bird Sing's Joe Horton, Mixed Blood Majority's sophomore album is far more than a side project; rather, it brings out the best in each member of the group.

Album of the Week: David Bowie, 'Blackstar'


51d9af 20160108 david bowie blackstar

Released on his 69th birthday, David Bowie's 25th studio album 'Blackstar' is an uncompromising collection of songs that defy being categorized as any one genre; it's simply Bowie. 'Blackstar' is the final installment in Bowie's innovative and prolific career.

Album of the Week: Cage the Elephant, 'Tell Me I'm Pretty'


832b3d 20151231 cage the elephant tell me im pretty

For their fourth studio album, Cage the Elephant recruited producer Dan Auerbach, creating an album the veers from sonic spontaneity to taut spaciousness to lyrical astuteness. These intimate and powerful songs rock -- and Cage the Elephant deliver them with moxie.

Album of the Week: Big Grams, 'Big Grams'


0696b1 20151224 big grams selftitled album

The self-titled album from the collaboration between Big Boi and Phantogram is at its best when the collaboration is on equal footing. It's a dance-party album by great artists, but is the sum greater than the parts?