Reviews

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

Album of the Week: Sault, 'Rise'


There's a thesis of sorts to be found in the midway point of Sault's Rise. "The Beginning and The End" with the lyrics, "We shall reclaim our joy/We shall remuster our strength, through millennia/Bathed in the tears of a thousand ancestors, we shall rise." And there is joy in this album, it's the most danceable record of the four released in the last two years, but that joy is also an act of resistance.

Album of the Week: Arctic Monkeys, 'Live at the Royal Albert Hall'


Live at the Royal Albert Hall showcases many of Arctic Monkeys' most recent songs along with fan favorites and a presence from the audience that will deliver you back to the live music experience so many of us are craving. From the frenetic "Brianstorm" to the meandering "Arabella," you're left wishing you could have been in the crowd but grateful to have this album to consume as we are all socially distancing.

Album of the Week: The Postal Service, 'Everything Will Change'


The new live album recording of that 2013 10th Anniversary show finds the band has grown into slick and practiced pros. The pop and grind of the synths, and the harmonies of Jenny Lewis and Gibbard - sweet and novel after going so long without.

Album of the Week: Margo Price, 'Perfectly Imperfect at the Ryman'


It's been nine months since most of us have seen a live concert. Virtual concerts are all well and good, but there is nothing like the real thing. In 2018, Margo Price triumphed at her homecoming residency at country music's mother church, the Ryman Auditorium, in Nashville. I sure would have loved to have attended one of them. Thankfully the shows were documented.

Album of the Week: Low Cut Connie, 'Private Lives'


'Private Lives' reminds us that the chain that is America is only as strong as its weakest link, that we're all in it together, and need to rise together, as hard as that seems at times.

Album of the Week: Adrianne Lenker, 'songs'


The new album from Adrianne Lenker is a mix of folk songs, sound collages, and Lenker's distinct voice making the album stand apart from her work with Big Thief.

Album of the Week: Jeff Tweedy, 'Love is the King'


While his fourth studio album doesn't stray too far from what you expect Jeff Tweedy, you can hear his use of the studio as an instrument with warm layers of voices and melodies backing his steady voice. Joined by his sons Spencer and Sam, the album is a reassurance that even though recorded in lockdown, we can all re-center ourselves around telling stories from the heart with help from those around us.

Album of the Week: Samia, 'The Baby'


Samia's approach to writing and recording is refreshingly reminiscent of '90s college rock, but with the attitude you expect in 2020.