Reviews

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

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.

Album Review: Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix


Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

The boys of Phoenix have long been a band just on the cusp of breaking. With the release of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, the French foursome seems ready to build on the sparks of their earlier albums and grow to something riotous.

Album Review: Metric - Fantasies


Metric holds a soft spot in my heart next to beer and grilled cheese sandwiches -- all things that I never get sick of.

Album Review: Gomez - A New Tide


Gomez - A New Tide

I found "A New Tide" to be a pleasant listen. Who's to say they should be writing songs according to industry expectations?

Album Review: The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love


The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love

"The Hazards of Love" is a strange concoction brewed from Colin Meloy's obsession with the British folk revival of the 1960s. It's as if the archetypes and themes of those folk songs were sucked up by an F5 twister (Meloy) and dropped into a foreign landscape: the rock opera.