Reviews - Page 197

Weezer, ‘Hurley’ (Epitaph)

Such is the predictable cycle of pre-release Weezer buzz that Rivers Cuomo fans must've been skeptical upon hearing that, on the new Hurley, their hero…
David Marchese / August 24, 2010

Sufjan Stevens, ‘All Delighted People’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

History, social problems, and serial-killer clowns have inspired many of pillow-voiced singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens' efforts to date, but now, five years after his last vocal…
Spencer Kornhaber / August 23, 2010

Superchunk, ‘Majesty Shredding’ (Merge)

Superchunk's first album in nine years begins with the sound of clearing cobwebs and a hazy wave of feedback. Then the opening track snaps into…
David Menconi / August 23, 2010

Underworld, ‘Barking’ (Cooking Vinyl/Om)

The problem with the last two albums from these English rave vets wasn't the absence of DJ/producer Darren Emerson. It was that the surviving duo…
Barry Walters / August 23, 2010

Mavis Staples, ‘You Are Not Alone’ (Anti-)

Everyone from Prince to Ry Cooder has had a crack at producing the iconic Staple Singers frontwoman over the years, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy does…
David Menconi / August 23, 2010

Screaming Females, ‘Castle Talk’ (Don Giovanni)

The fourth album from this New Jersey DIY success story features fewer blown-out garage tantrums and more dynamic Sleater-Kinney–style rock'n'roll fun -- another step toward…
christopherschultz / August 23, 2010

Robert Plant, ‘Band of Joy’ (Rounder)

Plant has had an unlikely late-career resurgence by embracing his folkier (if not freakier) side, starting with 2007's T-Bone Burnett–produced Raising Sand. Nashville alt-country icon…
David Menconi / August 23, 2010

Brandon Flowers, ‘Flamingo’ (Island)

Never one for understatement, alternative pop's most sincere showman resurrects '80s classic-rock clichés on a Vegas-themed solo debut that suggests the Killers'
Barry Walters / August 23, 2010

The Drums, ‘The Drums’ (Downtown)

By the time frontman Jonathan Pierce yodels his first "ee-oh!" two tracks into the Drums' debut full-length, it's already clear that this New York quartet…
Spencer Kornhaber / August 23, 2010

Chromeo, ‘Business Casual’ (Atlantic)

After sharing a festival stage with plastic-soul godhead Daryl Hall, what's a pair of funked-up '80s electro-pop replicants to do? If your answer involves more…
Marc Hogan / August 23, 2010

Olof Arnalds, ‘Innundir Skinni’ (One Little Indian)

At first, this album just feels wrong. Icelander Ólöf Arnalds performs mostly in her native tongue, creating a David Lynchian sense of disorientation, and her…
Jon Young / August 23, 2010

Of Montreal, ‘False Priest’ (Polyvinyl)

Kevin Barnes, the madman/genius/spaz behind Of Montreal, might have the craziest career path in modern music. No one could've predicted 13 years ago that this…
Barry Walters / August 23, 2010

Black Mountain, ‘Wilderness Heart’ (Jagjaguwar)

For 2008's In the Future, these Black Sabbath revivalists were engaged in deep dungeon exploration, culminating in the 17-minute incantation "Bright Lights." But on the…
Spencer Kornhaber / August 23, 2010

Grinderman, ‘Grinderman 2′ (ANTI-)

Somewhere between Pavement getting pelted at Lollapalooza in 1995 and the Strokes bringing sexy back in 2001, rock music extinguished the Birthday Party's fire. During…
Joe Gross / August 23, 2010

Crocodiles, ‘Sleep Forever’ (Fat Possum)

Disciples of a noise-punk tradition that runs from the Velvet Underground to the Jesus and Mary Chain and beyond, San Diego's death-obsessed Crocodiles revise their…
Jon Young / August 23, 2010
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