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

Album of the Week: David Bowie, 'Blackstar'

David Bowie, 'Blackstar'

Released on his 69th birthday, David Bowie's 25th studio album 'Blackstar' is an uncompromising collection of songs that defy being categorized as any one genre; it's simply Bowie. 'Blackstar' is the final installment in Bowie's innovative and prolific career.

Album of the Week: Cage the Elephant, 'Tell Me I'm Pretty'

Cage the Elephant, 'Tell Me I'm Pretty'

For their fourth studio album, Cage the Elephant recruited producer Dan Auerbach, creating an album the veers from sonic spontaneity to taut spaciousness to lyrical astuteness. These intimate and powerful songs rock -- and Cage the Elephant deliver them with moxie.

Album of the Week: Big Grams, 'Big Grams'

Big Grams self-titled album

The self-titled album from the collaboration between Big Boi and Phantogram is at its best when the collaboration is on equal footing. It's a dance-party album by great artists, but is the sum greater than the parts?

Album of the Week: Lizzo, 'Big GRRRL Small World'

Lizzo, 'Big GRRRL Small World'

Lizzo's new album, 'Big GRRRL Small World,' features club bangers, soul-baring ballads and a vocoder breakdown about halfway through that'll have you in tears. And throughout the album, Lizzo dives deep on social issues ranging from body politics, self-acceptance, and empowerment to race relations and feminism.

Album of the Week: Beach House, 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'

Beach House, 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'

For a band as meticulous as Beach House, it is surprising they have another batch of songs to release so soon after their last, 'Depression Cherry'. The new album, 'Thank Your Lucky Stars,' is no surprise, no rarites collection; the quality of the new album speaks for itself.

Album of the Week: Adele, '25'

Adele, '25'

On her third studio album, Adele returns to her roots as a vocalist whose talent resides in heartfelt ballads and saccharine love songs. This is an album for her true fans.

Album of the Week: Glen Hansard, 'Didn't He Ramble'

Glen Hansard, 'Didn't He Ramble'

Although he could probably walk away from music after the success of 'Once,' Glen Hansard obviously enjoys making music. And on his second solo album, 'Didn't He Ramble,' Hansard shows that he is just plain good at it.