Reviews - Page 125

Estelle, ‘All of Me’ (Warner Music/Atlantic)

Sleeker than Shine, glittery electro-R&B songs ponder love and fame; flash and vanish like a firecracker in July.
J. Edward Keyes / March 7, 2012

Every Time I Die, ‘Ex Lives’ (Epitaph)

Metalcore-era refugees compose anxiety-laden, alt-leaning bummer symphony with sharp riff, sharper wit.
Kory Grow / March 7, 2012

Various Artists, ‘Brainmaths’ (Ramp)

James Blake, Zomby, SBTRKT toss dubstep blueprint, draw new hazy outlines with charcoal and sponge.
Philip Sherburne / March 7, 2012

Farewell Republic, ‘Burn the Boats’ (self-released)

Swoonworthy Brooklyn epic-makers with the Deftones' sense of shoegaze; math-rock's sense of melody.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 7, 2012

├ôlafur Arnalds, ‘Another Happy Day’ (Erased Tapes)

Decidedly pleasant, plainly classical-ambient score asks and answers, "What Would Max Richter Do?"
Grayson Currin / March 7, 2012

Perfume Genius, ‘Put Your Back N 2 It’ (Matador)

The album title might look gangsta, and in its own way, Mike Hadreas' second album lives up to that billing. As he proved on his…
Alfred Soto / March 7, 2012

Ceremony, ‘Zoo’ (Matador)

There is no perfect way to grow out of hardcore, what with its sublimely teenaged palette of growled salvos, amped-up riffs, jackhammer drums, song-eschewing brevity,…
Kory Grow / March 6, 2012

The Alchemist, ‘Rapper’s Best Friend 2′ (Decon)

Instrumentals trumping everyone's soul beats via synth squeals and blunted John Carpenter claps.
Brandon Soderberg / March 6, 2012

Corrosion of Conformity, ‘Corrosion of Conformity’ (Candlelight)

Original trio recapitulates decades of blööz, blahs and mad-stonerpunk with the same.
Grayson Currin / March 6, 2012

Mike Wexler, ‘Dispossession’ (Mexican Summer)

Cosmic keybs and wispy vox provide fuel for zonked but scenic prog-folk voyage to the heart of the sun.
David Marchese / March 6, 2012

Tim Fite, ‘Ain’t Ain’t Ain’t’ (ANTI- Records)

Leaving samples and rap techniques behind, the folk-rock firebrand isn't as engaging playing it straight.
Kory Grow / March 6, 2012

War, ‘At War For Youth 7″‘ (Sacred Bones)

Iceage/Sexdrome pals force Chrome-style noise-punk into an acid-dipped Chicago house dancefloor brawl.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 6, 2012

DJ Food, ‘The Search Engine’ (Ninja Tune)

Two decades on, more wallpaper breaks and inspiral carpeting from Ninja Tune mainstay. Shaolin snooze hold.
Philip Sherburne / March 6, 2012

Dead Fingers, ‘Dead Fingers’ (Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum)

Froggy-voiced boy meets caramel-voiced girl; their slice-of-life country feels like an Eggleston exhibit…
J. Edward Keyes / March 6, 2012

Gabriel and the Hounds, ‘Kiss Full of Teeth’ (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)

Audacious Brooklyn art-pop from Takka Takka leader sizzles softly. Kate Bush fans, listen up.
Jon Young / March 6, 2012
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