Reviews

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

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.'

Album of the Week: Laura Marling, 'Semper Femina'


Laura Marling, 'Semper Femina'

Laura Marling's latest album presents a California-tinged evolution of Marling's sound, exploring new ways of using her gifts and searching her creativity for a new form of muse. Although Marling may twist our expectations, 'Semper Femina' may be her most accessible album yet.

Album of the Week: Rag'n'Bone Man, 'Human'


Rag'n'Bone Man, 'Human'

Fluctuating between soulful love ballads, blues standards, hip-hop flavored reflections about his hometown, and funkified gospels, Rag'n'Bone Man's debut full-length album, 'Human,' pulls from several previous releases to showcase Graham's powerful and spirited voice.

Album of the Week: Son Volt, 'Notes of Blue'


Son Volt, 'Notes of Blue'

For more than 20 years, singer-songwriter Jay Farrar has been exploring the Americana genre he helped define back in the early '90s. Now he's back with his band, Son Volt, for their eighth effort, 'Notes of Blue.'