Reviews

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

Album Review: Discovery - LP


Discovery - LP

Discovery is a side-project of sorts (started in 2005) for Vampire Weekend's keyboardist and producer, Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot singer Wes Miles. Four years later, they've finally completed an album entitled "LP" released on XL Recordings.

Album Review: Son Volt - American Central Dust


Son Volt - American Central Dust

The slow songs are gorgeous. "Dust or Daylight" is a sexy, syrupy waltz; the refrain of "Love is a fog and you stumble every step you make" wrapped in velvety pedal steel guitar and weepy fiddle.

Album Review: Florence and the Machine - Lungs


Florence and the Machine - Lungs

The recent winner of the Brit Award, with her debut album "Lungs," didn't get her break by going to the right vocal school and hiring the right management team. She saw a local DJ in the bathroom at a club and decided to belt out a song.

Album Review: Wilco - Wilco (The Album)


Wilco - Wilco (the album)

Wilco has been fun to watch since the 1995 debut album, "AM," and has a pretty good track record to date. I don't think they've ever made a bad album, but since the beginning I've expected the unexpected.

Album Review: Moby - Wait For Me


Moby - Wait For Me

"Wait For Me" is a return to me of Moby's introspective, intelligent, transportive sounds. He's going back to his roots on this new album and making music that has the essence of his soul again.

Album Review: Sonic Youth - The Eternal


Sonic Youth - The Eternal

This is the longest time span in the band's 27 years of releasing music that they haven't made a new studio album available. Enter "The Eternal."

Album Review: Mos Def - The Ecstatic


Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Few musical performers who've crossed over to acting have ever gone back to music with any level of success, and none have achieved the level of artistic achievement in each realm as Mos Def has with this album.

Album Review: Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1: 1963 1972


Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1

Covering the first 10 years of Young's career from 1963 to 1972, "Archives Vol. 1" (the first of 5 decade-spanning box sets Young hopes to release) is chock full of rarities, out takes, and some of the most varied output from one of rock's most enduring and beguiling artists.

Album Review: Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest


Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear's modus operandi for "Veckatimest" seems to have been employing composition strategies and technology from all over the musical universe. In this way, they've created an album that is instantly familiar, undeniably catchy without surrendering to obvious, and still challenging — and a sound that belongs solely to them.