Reviews

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

Album of the Week: Adele, '25'

On her third studio album, Adele returns to her roots as a vocalist whose talent resides in heartfelt ballads and saccharine love songs. This is an album for her true fans.

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Album of the Week: Glen Hansard, 'Didn't He Ramble'

Although he could probably walk away from music after the success of 'Once,' Glen Hansard obviously enjoys making music. And on his second solo album, 'Didn't He Ramble,' Hansard shows that he is just plain good at it.

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Album of the Week: EL VY, 'Return to the Moon'

Longtime friends Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena fulfill a promise they made with the release of their collaborative effort, EL VY, 'Return to the Moon.' The combination of Matt's baritone and Brent's dance-floor ready beats creates a dissonance that is hypnotic and otherworldly.

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Album of the Week: Kurt Vile, 'b'lieve i'm goin down...'

Kurt Vile's sixth studio album shows Vile's evolution as an artist and his exploration of his identity as a songwriter. The album showcases a mix of Vile's serious and silly sides, providing a signpost in a career of an indie-rock underdog who has found success by trying hard to not try hard.

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Album of the Week: Various Artists, 'Live Current Volume 11'

Our Album of the Week is 'Live Current Volume 11'. It's available on LP and CD, but it's not available in stores. You can only get it when you support The Current with your contribution. Listen to tracks from this exclusive album and find out how to get your copy of it.

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Album of the Week: Disclosure, 'Caracal'

'Caracal' is a production masterpiece featuring some of the best contemporary voices of 2015. It works as an album and is more listenable than most rock albums out this year.

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Album of the Week: Gary Clark Jr., 'The Story of Sonny Boy Slim'

When Buddy Guy named Gary Clark Jr as the potential savior of the blues, that had to create some pressure. Clark's follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2012 debut took three years, and the result displays Clark's blues influences as well as his other inspirations. 'The Story of Sonny Boy Slim' is in fact, the story of Gary Clark Jr. And it's a very good read.

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