Reviews

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

Album Review: Blur, 'The Magic Whip'

When Blur found themselves stranded after the cancellation of a Japanese festival, they killed time by booking time in a Hong Kong studio, laying down the bulk of what would turn into 'The Magic Whip'. The end result is a record that stands among Blur's best post-'Parklife' work.

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Album Review: Alabama Shakes, 'Sound & Color'

It's hard to put a finger on what Alabama Shakes are all about; they draw from a number of sounds and genres, and that's audible on the new album 'Sound & Color', the highly anticipated follow-up to the band's debut, 'Boys & Girls'. And there is no sophomore slump here.

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Album Review: Laura Marling, 'Short Movie'

On her fifth studio album, 'Short Movie', Laura Marling has begun a new chapter in her life and her songwriting. It's hard to label Marling a folk artist now that she's picked up an electric guitar and started a band, but David Safar says 'Short Movie' is "the best album of her young career."

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Album Review: Matt and Kim, 'New Glow'

Although alternative pop music is a breeding ground for bands aspiring to commercial success on the strength of a single track, Matt and Kim cast aside that formula to create a full-length album that shares the more honest side of their music.

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