Reviews

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

Album of the Week, Harry Styles, 'Harry Styles'


Harry Styles, 'Harry Styles'

Harry Styles's authentically produced solo debut is likely to distance him from his former bandmates and could enable him to establish a credible, viable, long-term career as an artist who is both popular and critically important.

Album of the Week: Future Islands, 'The Far Field'


Future Islands, 'The Far Field'

Future Islands' lead singer Samuel T. Herring has called his band's fifth full-length release 'a driving album.' That description seems to fit in a couple of ways, with its road-inspired themes and Herring's affected singing style adding intensity and drama to the forward-pulsating beats.

Album of the Week: Gorillaz, 'Humanz'


'Humanz' art

The fifth album by Gorillaz may best be described as a mixtape, consisting as it does of 20 tracks tied together by a common theme determined by project leader Damon Albarn.

Album of the Week: Feist, 'Pleasure'


Feist, 'Pleasure'

After a six-year hiatus from writing and recording, Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist has returned with an album that brings forward Feist's voice, lyrics, and guitar playing unlike her previous releases.

Album of the Week: Kendrick Lamar, 'DAMN.'


Kendrick Lamar, 'DAMN.'

With 'DAMN.', Kendrick Lamar has created a cyclical album full of jarring beats and tempo switches that prove he hasn't given up on his adventurous side. And sonically, Kendrick is going places he hasn't gone for years. 'DAMN.' is the sound of Kendrick having his cake and eating it, too.

Album of the Week: Conor Oberst, 'Salutations'


Conor Oberst, 'Salutations'

Conor Oberst's eighth solo studio album is a kind of companion piece to last year's effort, 'Ruminations.' Plugged in and fleshed out with a full band made up of Oberst's friends gives 'Salutations' a loose and fun feel that DJ Bill DeVille likens to Bob Dylan and the Band's Big Pink sessions.

Album of the Week: Grandaddy, 'Last Place'


Grandaddy, 'Last Place'

Grandaddy's fifth studio album -- and their first since 2006 -- is 'Last Place.' It's our album of the week. Brian Oake writes, 'This album is nostalgic, reflective, and, on most levels, hopeful.'