Reviews

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

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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Album of the Week: Low, 'Ones and Sixes'

The Current's Andrea Swensson has no qualms about declaring Low's 11th album one of the finest in the band's 22-year career. 'This is an album that cracks and sizzles, bursting with an electric energy,' Swensson writes.

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Album of the Week: The Arcs, 'Yours, Dreamily'

While some artists use the "side project" as an excuse to fly far from the nest, Dan Auerbach's new band The Arcs' release 'Yours, Dreamily' doesn't stray from the style that has made Auerbach one of the most successful rockers of the last decade.

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Album of the Week: Beach House, 'Depression Cherry'

The latest album from Baltimore band Beach House proves that duo Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand are set on attaining success on their own terms while keeping the beauty and sanctity of music-making at the center of what they do.

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Album of the Week: Wilco, 'Star Wars'

Wilco's newest album, 'Star Wars', is a rarity amongst Wilco albums in that it seems to actively shy away from analysis or deeper meaning. For us listeners, it may mean we can simply sit back and enjoy it.

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