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

Album of the Week: Brandi Carlile, 'By The Way, I Forgive You'

Brandi Carlile, 'By The Way, I Forgive You'

Brandi Carlile's new album 'By the Way, I Forgive You' is an emotionally powerful dive into her worldview, impacted by events of 2016, but also about becoming a parent, watching your parents get older, and dealing with love and loss and self-reflection.

Album of the Week: Anderson East, 'Encore'

Anderson East, 'Encore'

Anderson East didn't reinvent the wheel with his latest efforts on 'Encore', he just made a really good album. "This guy is the real deal," lauds Bill DeVille of the Nashvillian.

Album of the Week: First Aid Kit, 'Ruins'

First Aid Kit, 'Ruins'

All 10 songs on "Ruins" stay true to the formula that Johanna and Klara first charmed listeners with - lush vocal harmonies and infectious melodies. With some added instrumentation from Peter Buck and Wilco's Glen Kotche, the album is some their finest work yet.

Album of the Week: tUnE-yArDs, 'I can feel you creep into my private life'

tUnE-yArDs, 'I can feel you creep into my private life'

If Merrill Garbus is a painter she's a surrealist like Dali, with sounds dripping, warping and in places that shouldn't fit, but somehow tell a more interesting story because of the strange juxtaposition. And if she's a baker, she's making croissants; a painstaking process of bending, folding, and layering - over and over.

Album of the Week: Francis and the Lights, 'Just for Us'

Francis and the Lights, 'Just for Us'

'Just for Us' leans on a very minimalistic sound, giving the air of something he whipped up with some keyboards in his bedroom one afternoon. That isn't a bad thing, as all of these songs sound like a brief emotional snapshot, whose impact would perhaps have been lessened had they been subjected to a more rigorous recording process.

Album of the Week: Thomas Abban, 'A Sheik's Legacy'

Thomas Abban, 'A Sheik's Legacy'

'A Sheik's Legacy' takes the listener on a journey through the dark and twisting corners of Abban's mind, flickering torches lighting the way. It will take years for all of his potential paths to be fully illuminated -- making him one of the most promising new artists to emerge in 2017.

Album of the Week: Bjork, 'Utopia'

Bjork, 'Utopia'

Bjork is one of the most divisive artists that we play. Sometimes, as detractors will point out, her vocal stylings can be shrill, piercing, hard to take and even harder to comprehend. Yes, she's different, difficult and wonderfully divisive and thank goddess for that.