Morrissey is a man with high purpose, albeit one with the darkest of gallows humor. As usual in Morrissey's world, we get a real problem answered with melodrama. But wait. Isn't high art often just as melodramatic? Morrissey is indeed in league with the likes of operatic masters.
On their eighth album, Spoon's seamless grasp of joyous hooks shows no signs of slowing down. Frontman Britt Daniel's raspy voice continues to command the tight groove that's always at their core. The band didn't need a comeback, but they somehow made one anyway.
"'The Voyager' is arguably the finest record of Jenny Lewis's career, which is not a conclusion I expected to derive, but a welcome surprise nonetheless." Read Mac Wilson's complete review of The Current's Album of the Week.
Klara and Johanna Söderberg of First Aid Kit augment their magical sibling harmonies with a fuller sound and richer arrangements -- which may not have been possible without their connection to Omaha's Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis.
Conor Oberst's newest solo effort is a continuation of many of his trademark tropes, with all the connotations that come with them. Overall, Oberst's melodies possess a familiarity, making all the songs seem both comfortable and easygoing.