Reviews

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

Album of the Week: Kacey Musgraves, 'A Very Kacey Christmas'


Kacey Musgraves, 'A Very Kacey Christmas'

'You know when an artist has arrived when they make a Christmas album,' writes Bill DeVille. 'Rising country and Americana star Kacey Musgraves just released hers; it's called, 'A Very Kacey Christmas,' and it just might be *the* holiday album this season.' Read DeVille's complete review and listen to tracks from 'A Very Kacey Christmas,' our Album of the Week.

Album of the Week: Childish Gambino, 'Awaken, My Love!'


Childish Gambino, 'Awaken, My Love!'

Actor Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, is back with his third album. 'Those hungry for the sounds of Prince, Sly Stone, and Funkadelic will be well-fed on the Moog synthesizers, organs and funky woodwinds laying the heaviest, funkiest grooves throughout the album,' writes Jade in her review. Read the full review and listen to tracks from 'Awaken, My Love!'.

Album of the Week: The Rolling Stones, 'Blue & Lonesome'


Rolling Stones, 'Blue & Lonesome'

Fifty years into their career, the Rolling Stones have released an album of all covers. These songs didn't just inspire the Stones, but formed the fabric of their catalogue. For longtime Stones fans, 'Blue & Lonesome' could be the centerpiece of the band's discography.

Album of the Week: A Tribe Called Quest, 'We Got It From Here ... Thank You 4 Your Service'


A Tribe Called Quest, 'We got it from Here...'

When Phife Dawg passed away due to complications from diabetes, behind the scenes, A Tribe Called Quest had almost completed a record that would completely change their position in the history books. Weeks upon weeks of sessions spent face to face, in Q-Tip's home studio, were pushing towards a record that would celebrate all the progress that the crew and the hip-hop genre had made in the past two decades.

Album of the Week: Jim James, 'Eternally Even'


Jim James, 'Eternally Even'

The second solo record for My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James is a swirly, nine-track album of grooves, layers, darkness and downright soulful, funkiness at times. The album is also full of political statements and observations, and its release just before Election Day couldn't be more timely.

Album of the Week: Warpaint, 'Heads Up'


Warpaint, 'Heads Up'

Warpaint's latest album features the danceable lead single 'New Song' alongside tracks that are more consistent with Warpaint's oeuvre of meticulous sounds best suited for a rainy day.

Album of the Week: Kings of Leon, 'WALLS'


Kings of Leon, 'Walls'

The journey to becoming a celebrity rock band comes through on Kings of Leon's seventh studio album, 'WALLS,' as Caleb Followill sings about life on the road like it's a scene from a blockbuster romance.

Album of the Week: Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'


Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'

There is something about the human voice and simple accompaniment in its unadorned form with no electronic enhancements, and it works particularly well on Conor Oberst's solo album, 'Ruminations,' a poetic batch of songs that appear to focus on the darker and more fragile side of the human condition.