Reviews

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

Album of the Week: Jason Isbell, 'Something More Than Free'


Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell's follow-up to his iconic 'Southeastern' album, 'Something More Than Free' is a quiet record, with ample room for self-reflection, with vivid character studies and moments of insight. The music allows for contemplation while showcasing Isbell's talent as a songwriter.

Album of the Week: Tame Impala, 'Currents'


Tame Impala, 'Currents'

Tame Impala display great agility on their third album, 'Currents,' offering up psychedelic music that's not only trippy and dreamy, but also easy to dance to.

Album of the Week: Desaparecidos, 'Payola'


Desaparecidos, 'Payola'

Desaparecidos' first record in 13 years, 'Payola' is an exhilarating, exhausting experience, somehow managing to sustain a remarkable intensity for its full 40 minutes.

Album of the Week: Of Monsters And Men, 'Beneath The Skin'


Of Monsters and Men, 'Beneath the Skin'

The second full-length album from Iceland's Of Monsters and Men projects the experience of a band who have matured together, and it also benefits from the band's decision to return to their unique culture to create an album that is truly from their hearts.

Album of the Week: The Tallest Man on Earth, 'Dark Bird is Home'


The Tallest Man on Earth, 'Dark Bird is Home'

On his fourth full-length release, singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, sheds the folky tropes that once earned him the sobriquet 'Swedish Bob Dylan'. On 'Dark Bird is Home', Matsson opts to work with a richer palette, both sonically and thematically.

Album of the Week: Django Django, 'Born Under Saturn'


Django Django, 'Born Under Saturn'

There's nothing new in rock music, but it can always be done better. Django Django do it better on 'Born Under Saturn', creating a collection of songs that are catchy, inventive, danceable and psychedelic.

Album of the Week: Best Coast, 'California Nights'


Best Coast, 'California Nights'

Led by Bethany Cosentino's engaging vocals and Bobb Bruno's emergence as a guitarist and arranger, Best Coast's third full-length album just may be the one that nudges them from being a good band to a great band.