Reviews

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

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.

Album of the Week: EL VY, 'Return to the Moon'


EL VY, 'Return to the Moon'

Longtime friends Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena fulfill a promise they made with the release of their collaborative effort, EL VY, 'Return to the Moon.' The combination of Matt's baritone and Brent's dance-floor ready beats creates a dissonance that is hypnotic and otherworldly.

Album of the Week: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats


Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, self-titled

Seeking to expand his horizons and his reach, Nathaniel Rateliff connected with full-blown horn section the Night Sweats. The result is a rousing, energetic and catchy new record that fits firmly in the Stax Records catalogue.

Album of the Week: Kurt Vile, 'b'lieve i'm goin down...'


Kurt Vile, 'b'lieve i'm goin down...'

Kurt Vile's sixth studio album shows Vile's evolution as an artist and his exploration of his identity as a songwriter. The album showcases a mix of Vile's serious and silly sides, providing a signpost in a career of an indie-rock underdog who has found success by trying hard to not try hard.