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

Album of the Week: Lana Del Rey, 'Lust For Life'

Lana Del Rey, 'Lust For Life'

Despite her critics' relentless efforts to discredit her as a musician and songwriter, Del Rey proves again that she controls the medium and the message of her music and creative expression.

Album of the Week: Beth Ditto, 'Fake Sugar'

Beth Ditto - Fake Sugar

Out on Virgin Records, Beth Ditto's powerful 'Fake Sugar' is the Album of the Week. 'The record not only shines on a light on her physical voice, but her lyrical voice in dealing with love, life, and where she stands as a person at this stage of creative existence,' writes Jill Riley.

Album of the Week: Benjamin Booker, 'Witness'

Benjamin Booker, 'Witness'

Benjamin Booker has a great ability to make retro appreciation sound very modern. On his second album -- filled with brightly lit, rocking blues, soul, and gospel-inspired tunes -- Booker clearly is brimming over with new ideas and thoughts about the world we occupy.

Album of the Week: Phoenix, 'Ti Amo'

Phoenix, 'Ti Amo'

Built on a theme of an imaginary, idealized Italy, Phoenix's sixth full-length, 'Ti Amo,' is an album that creates a mood. It envelops you in a state of nostalgia and longing for a better time and place, even if it only exists in your mind.

Album of the Week: Lorde, 'Melodrama'

Lorde, 'Melodrama'

Lorde's second album is a clear statement of who she wants to be, and it showcases her distinctive mezzo-soprano range and her affinity for minimal beats informed by contemporary rap music. The outcome is alternative-pop perfected.

Album of the Week: alt-J, 'Relaxer'

alt-j, 'Relaxer'

'Relaxer,' the third album from alt-J, is our Album of the Week. The new release 'proves to be a compelling record with plenty of intriguing rewards,' writes Mac Wilson.

Album of the Week: Chastity Brown, 'Silhouette of Sirens'

Chastity Brown

'To listen to Chastity Brown,' writes Andrea Swensson, 'is to lose yourself completely in the sorrow, joy, yearning and wonderment of a hopeful voice that never stops searching; a voice so enormous and evocative that it seeps down past your skin and bones and settles right down into your soul.'