Reviews

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

Album of the Week: The Arcs, 'Yours, Dreamily'


The Arcs, 'Yours, Dreamily'

While some artists use the "side project" as an excuse to fly far from the nest, Dan Auerbach's new band The Arcs' release 'Yours, Dreamily' doesn't stray from the style that has made Auerbach one of the most successful rockers of the last decade.

Album of the Week: Beach House, 'Depression Cherry'


Beach House, 'Depression Cherry'

The latest album from Baltimore band Beach House proves that duo Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand are set on attaining success on their own terms while keeping the beauty and sanctity of music-making at the center of what they do.

Album of the Week: Wilco, 'Star Wars'


Wilco

Wilco's newest album, 'Star Wars', is a rarity amongst Wilco albums in that it seems to actively shy away from analysis or deeper meaning. For us listeners, it may mean we can simply sit back and enjoy it.

Album of the Week: Mac DeMarco, 'Another One'


Mac DeMarco, 'Another One'

Mac DeMarco's fourth studio album is a mini-LP of eight songs that satisfy your curiosity yet leaves you wanting more. The Canadian musician has now relocated to Queens, N.Y., and perhaps the location change is apparent in some of his arrangements.

Album of the Week: Lianne La Havas, 'Blood'


Lianne La Havas, 'Blood'

Lianne La Havas's second album could be the release that brings her serious fame. The singer has power, strength and control of her voice -- a skill set that may establish her as a defining voice in the music world.

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.