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

Album review: Pearl Jam, 'Lightning Bolt'

One of Pearl Jam's defining characteristics is that they have wedged themselves into their own corner of American rock music. They can rest assured that their spot in the canon will remain unaltered.

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Album review: Lorde, 'Pure Heroine'

2013 appears to be the year of the break-out debut single. The story goes like this: if your single is strong enough, you get significant press, praise and enough hype and money to fund a debut album well beyond the means of most fledgling artists. Such is the case with Lorde's Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor.

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Album Review: Volcano Choir, 'Repave'

Listen to Volcano Choir's sophomore release, Repave, and you'll find yourself enveloped in a swarm of lush, structured soundscapes, strings, percussion, vocal harmonies and mystery.

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Album Review: Nine Inch Nails, 'Hesitation Marks'

The new NIN album feels like a familiar friend. There are synthetic sounds that only Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross know how to make; this album is chock-full of those moments, as well as the sounds that give Hesitation Marks a career retrospective vibe.

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