Category: Music Reviews

See Through You Review - A Place to Bury Strangers Album Cover Art

Album Review: A Place to Bury Strangers ‘See Through You’

“While ‘Pinned’ often feels like the diary entries of someone suffering from a wound that wouldn’t heal, ‘See Through You’ feels like a ‘Fuck you, I’m still here, and I’m happy,’ plus lots and lots of hooks.”

Celestial Blues by King Woman

Album Review: King Woman ‘Celestial Blues’

“Finding solace in music is perhaps one of the few truly safe spaces in which we can find a place to grieve. ‘Celestial Blues’ is an important reminder that there is always room for faith.”

Julien Baker - Little Oblivions

Album Review: Julien Baker ‘Little Oblivions’

“Mining the depths of her own hurt and regret as she does, singer-songwriter Julien Baker has positioned herself as something of a modern scholar on the second chance.”

The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You

Album Review: The Avalanches ‘We Will Always Love You’

“Despite confronting our planet’s mortality, ‘We Will Always Love You’ is far from an expression of mourning. Rather, it’s a celebration of the cosmic afterlife afforded to us by music.”

Taylor Swift - Evermore

Album Review: Taylor Swift ‘Evermore’

“There’s a casualness and a sense of play to ‘Evermore’ that softens its edges and indicates an artist settling into her groove.”

The Bug Feat. Dis Fig - In Blue

Album Review: The Bug Feat. Dis Fig ‘In Blue’

“Featuring impeccable production and sincere emotions, ‘In Blue’ is a rude reminder of Martin’s dedication to his sound, which is increasingly reflective and always genuine.”

Actress - Karma & Desire Cropped

Album Review: Actress ‘Karma & Desire’

“The main shock of ‘Karma & Desire’ is the acoustic pianos, bathed in reverb, and how they fit so easily with Actress’ tripping-in-slow-motion rhythms…”

Jónsi - Shiver

Album Review: Jónsi ‘Shiver’

“While Cook clearly has his hands on deck operating the machinery, the closing tracks make clear that it’s still Jónsi steering the ship, as impish and wholeheartedly earnest as ever.”

Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension

Album Review: Sufjan Stevens ‘The Ascension’

“At its heart, ‘The Ascension’ examines disillusionment and loss of faith – not in God, but in America.”

Hurts - Faith

Album Review: Hurts ‘Faith’

“‘Faith’ is too misguided and confused to be an actively cynical undertaking, but its desperate rush to the lowest common denominator in a bid for the broadest appeal is still nakedly apparent.”

Bumper Pop Songs 2020

EP Review: BUMPER ‘Pop Songs 2020’

“‘Pop Songs 2020’ is not a disposable work, but neither is it especially serious. It’s light, punchy and brief — a condensed showcase of its creators’ formidable pop songwriting craft.”

Angel Olsen Whole New Mess

Album Review: Angel Olsen ‘Whole New Mess’

“Olsen may have crept back into her shell, but, on ‘Whole New Mess,’ there’s finally enough space for her to invite listeners inside.”

Bright Eyes - Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was

Album Review: Bright Eyes ‘Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was’

“After a rough decade out in the wild, Oberst is home and doing what he knows best.”

Whitney - Candid Album Art

Album Review: Whitney ‘Candid’

“Whether enjoyed as a fresh musical offering or an affectionate archival excursion, ‘Candid’ is an easy album to appreciate. Its core interplay, a conversation between the old and the new, is the key to its success.”

Aminé - Limbo

Album Review: Aminé ‘Limbo’

“‘Limbo’ lacks some of the irreverent charm that drew listeners to Aminé in the first place, but there’s still plenty of perceptiveness and creativity at the heart of his approach even in this less certain, more contemplative next phase.”

Fontaines D.C. A Hero's Death

Album Review: Fontaines D.C. ‘A Hero’s Death’

“‘A Hero’s Death’ is an articulate, energetic work, bristling with moody post-punk fury, and it signals an incremental consolidation and increased sophistication to the still-green quintet’s robust, fulsome sound.”

Taylor Swift Folklore Cropped

Album Review: Taylor Swift ‘Folklore’

“In its unadorned beauty, immense empathy and self-awareness, ‘Folklore’ might be Swift’s best shot at immortality so far.”

Courtney Marie Andrews Old Flowers

Album Review: Courtney Marie Andrews ‘Old Flowers’

“If one person sees themselves in the anecdotes and idioms of ‘Old Flowers,’ then this is an undeniably worthwhile work. In its brightness and simplicity, though, this record’s reach is sure to be much wider than that.”

Lianne La Havas Album Cover

Album Review: Lianne La Havas ‘Lianne La Havas’

“This is an album not bogged down in specifics, yet it is bristling with fine details that tap into the universal experience of heartbreak.”

Healing Is a Miracle Review - Julianna Barwick

Album Review: Julianna Barwick ‘Healing Is a Miracle’

“‘Healing Is a Miracle’ represents an opportunity for pause, stillness and reflection.”