Reviews

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

Album Review: Sleater-Kinney, 'No Cities to Love'


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Much like the 'Die Hard' quadrilogy, you don't have to be well-versed in Sleater-Kinney's previous work to be able to understand and adore their latest offering, 'No Cities to Love'. In fact, the new record might be one of the best entry points for new fans that the band has ever recorded.

Album Review: Belle and Sebastian, 'Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance'


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'Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance' is another strong collection of songs from one of the world's strongest bands; the only diminished area of strength is as an album per se. Fortunately, the band decided to release a deluxe edition, creating an entirely new and vastly more fulfilling experience. Read Mac Wilson's review.

Album Review: Father John Misty, 'I Love You, Honeybear'


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The second album Josh Tillman has released under the moniker Father John Misty is a concept record on life and love, "And it's the darkest collection of love songs I've ever heard," writes Jill Riley. Read Jill's complete review.

Album Review: Bjork, 'Vulnicura'


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Bjork has described 'Vulnicura' as an account of pain that simply had to be given expression. Such a statement may be thought grandiose if spoken by a lesser artist; for Bjork, however, it rings as completely genuine. This is an artist who may have earned a position as musical spokesperson for humanity to the universe.

Album Review: Doomtree, 'All Hands'


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Working the independent, underground rap game as tirelessly as Doomtree does requires constant effort and constant output, and you can hardly knock the crew for stepping up to the plate to smack another album into the outfield. All Hands is a fine album, and plenty of these songs are sure to endure in the live setting.

Album Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen, 'The Balcony'


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Catfish and the Bottlemen are a quintessential guitar-driven, modern-rock band who make modern rock exciting again. Their debut album, 'The Balcony', reveals the same confidence heard in their live performances.

Album Review: Field Report, 'Marigolden'


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The self-deprecating music Field Report churn out merits charm through its relatability, especially to Midwesterners. 'Marigolden' sounds like winter: Its songs are sharp and perhaps a little bitter, yet loosely cloaked in a faint hope for warmer and sunnier days.