Reviews - Page 126

Bruce Springsteen, ‘Wrecking Ball’ (Columbia)

Bruce Springsteen has come unstuck in time. At 32, he released Nebraska, a stark acoustic opus weighed down by the weariness of a man twice…
Steve Kandell / March 6, 2012

Of Monsters and Men, ‘My Head is an Animal’ (Universal Republic)

When Arcade Fire won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2011, and the Decemberists (briefly) topped the Billboard charts soon thereafter, crazy shit…
Barry Walters / March 6, 2012

Napalm Death, ‘Utilitarian’ (Century Media)

Death-metal firebrands still blaze, thanks to Viking chants, Zornographic sax blurt and industrial riffs.
Kory Grow / March 4, 2012

Mouse on Mars, ‘Parastrophics’ (Monkeytown)

Veteran blip-squishers splatter everything left: dubwubs, grime, Four Tet, acid house, Suicide-via-M.I.A.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 4, 2012

Kaiser Chiefs, ‘Start the Revolution Without Me’ (Cooperative Music)

Neo-new-wavers flaunt their kinks while restoring the riotous melodies in their Britpop.
Barry Walters / March 4, 2012

Po Po, ‘Dope Boy Magick’ (Mad Decent)

Red-eyed fuzz-freaks fly highest when they hitch their garage-grunge onto soaring sitars and Carnatic melodies.
David Marchese / March 4, 2012

Majeure/Steve Moore, ‘Brainstormed EP’ (Temporary Residence)

Zombi's two Italo-retro ghouls split between vinyl sides, both doubling down on synth suffocation.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 4, 2012

Brother Ali, ‘The Bite Marked Heart’ (Rhymesayers)

Backpack stalwart moralizes on rap-star sex, dissects a bad marriage. Don’t worry, it’s just a demo.
Mosi Reeves / March 4, 2012

Frankie Rose, ‘Interstellar’ (Slumberland)

On Interstellar, the best thing Frankie Rose has ever touched, the raven-haired songwriter seems to have found the luminous freedom she'd been pursuing for so…
Camille Dodero / March 2, 2012

Siinai, ‘Olympic Games’ (Splendour)

Siinai are Finland's greatest krautrock band. Which is no frivolous praise — the country's crisp air is currently pulsing with electric muesli motorik. Besides this…
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 2, 2012

Christian Mistress, ‘Possession’ (Relapse)

En vogue Blood Ceremony-style vintage metal choog with more muscular shredding, Wayne and Garthisms.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 1, 2012

Curren$y, ‘Muscle Car Chronicles’ (DD172/Island Def Jam)

Shame on you, Dame. Clearly unfinished raps over live-rawked Blueshammer beats. Disc 2? Don't bother.
Brandon Soderberg / March 1, 2012

Andre Williams, ‘Hoods and Shades’ (Bloodshot)

Acoustic axe in hand, R’n’B sleazefather steps to back porch, where he remains dick-deep in pulp.
David Marchese / March 1, 2012

Keith Fullerton Whitman, ‘Generators’ (Editions Mego)

Misfiring oscillator pulses make for a bubbling, live-wire, charred punk-squat Terry Riley.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 1, 2012

Plants and Animals, ‘The End of That’ (Secret City)

Never decide between Arcade Fire and classic rock again. But choose either over this pastiche.
Josh Modell / March 1, 2012
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