Reviews

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

Album of the Week: Modest Mouse, 'The Golden Casket'


Even after years away, The Golden Casket has the Modest Mouse hallmarks: skittery indie rock followed by hooky choruses and catchy riffs, anchored by that voice that's somewhere between early Meat Puppets country/punk and Frank Black's Pixies yelp. Isaac Brock is like someone you meet at a party and spend an evening fascinated by, listening as he spins yarns and theories, a mesmerizing stranger. We don't leave the party friends, but we're captivated, thinking about what he's been saying.

Album of the Week: Lucy Dacus, 'Home Video'


With the release of her third solo album, fans knew well enough to prepare themselves for some honey-dripped raw emotion on 'Home Video,' but Lucy Dacus defied even that expectation by releasing her most incisive record to date.

Album of the Week: Beabadoobee, 'Our Extended Play'


The British artist keeps the emotions heightened with that "the world is ending" fervor, but always keeps a focus on real feelings for an album that is looking forward to good times, but knowing we're not there yet.

Album of the Week: Mdou Moctar, 'Afrique Victime'


Moctar and his work have experienced multiple evolutions since his music first broke onto the Saharan scene in 2008, but it's clear that each phase of his career builds upon the last.

Album of the Week: Sleater-Kinney, 'Path Of Wellness'


Sleater-Kinney are back as a self-producing duo and channeling the sounds of King Crimson, Patti Smith, Tom Petty and more. They left the sonic palette wide open, bringing in textures rarely heard on previous Sleater-Kinney releases, and the results are sure to leave you with surprise and delight.

Album of the Week: Wolf Alice, 'Blue Weekend'


British alt-rockers Wolf Alice have released their third studio record, 'Blue Weekend'. Ellie and Joff recently caught up with The Current's Jill Riley about recording the album without tight timelines, playing this year's Glastonbury Festival, and more.

Album of the Week: Kiwi Jr., 'Cooler Returns'


Toronto four-piece Kiwi Jr. have returned with their timely sophomore record, 'Cooler Returns'. Mary Lucia caught up with members of the band to talk about the energetic new release, our Album of the Week.

Album of the Week: St. Vincent, 'Daddy's Home'


Annie Clark said that she had taken angularity as far as she could in her music, and decided to go in a completely different direction for the new album. "So much of this new record is really just things that move in and out like water and flow, and really being way more about that kind of energy than about things that are right angles and clear lines."