Reviews

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

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


Lianne La Havas, 'Lianne La Havas' self-titled album

On this record we find Lianne paring down the dense production and sonic ambition of her earlier records and letting the songs sit center stage. With this new self-titled effort we have an artist delivering an album length autopsy on a failed relationship with unflinching honesty: the good, the bad, the carnal and thank god, the funky.

Album of the Week: My Morning Jacket, 'The Waterfall II'


My Morning Jacket, 'The Waterfall II'

'The Waterfall II' winds up standing strong not only as a companion to 'The Waterfall,' but among the rest of the My Morning Jacket library, and will serve as an excellent soundtrack to our remaining summer evenings.

Album of the Week: The Jayhawks, 'XOXO'


The Jayhawks, 'XOXO'

The album was recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN, and at the late Ed Ackerson's Flowers Studio in their native Minneapolis. It sounds like the 'hawks may have used some of Ed's toys on the track, "Homecoming," which features Gary Louris' guitar, hints of psychedelia and a sunny Laurel Canyon vibe.

Album of the Week: Haim, 'Women In Music Part III'


Haim, 'Women In Music Part III'

Throughout the record, HAIM navigate heartbreak, the wobbly uncertainty of personal growth, and the vast lands of loneliness - coming together for each other, and for us. The instrumentation is full of enticing restraint, grasping listeners with sharp arrangements that stay with you even after the record has ended.

Album of the Week: Run the Jewels, 'RTJ4'


Run The Jewels, 'RTJ4'

Ahead of their times at all times, Run The Jewels deliver anthems for 2020 filled with hair raising passages and an allstar list of collaborators from 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams, Zack De La Rocha and Mavis Staples.