Reviews

Lyrics Born, ‘Everywhere at Once’ (Anti-)

A son of the same East Bay scene that spawned DJ Shadow and Blackalicious, Lyrics Born always has balanced a faith in old-school funk with…
By: Keith Harris / May 15, 2008

In Flames, ‘A Sense of Purpose’ (Koch)

So many flat-ironed, guylinered brats have aped In Flames that you'd be forgiven for thinking this quintet's 18-year-strong trademark -- pummeling death metal infused with…
By: Aaron Burgess / May 15, 2008

The Roots, ‘Rising Down’ (Def Jam)

As a general rule, Roots albums don't offer immediate gratification. Their concept-driven themes demand repeat listens, which doubtless can be attributed to the complex, good-cop/Bad…
By: Will Dukes / May 15, 2008

Gossip, ‘Live in Liverpool’ (Music With a Twist/Columbia)

If this CD-plus-DVD package included the tinsel wig and sweat-soaked leopard unitard that singer Beth Ditto wore at this July 2007 U.K. show, maybe it…
By: Phoebe Reilly / May 15, 2008

Windsor for the Derby, ‘How We Lost’ (Secretly Canadian)

If Activision ever issues an indie-rock edition of Guitar Hero, Windsor for the Derby should be the house band. Melodic, melancholy crunch is the vetera…
By: Shannon Zimmerman / May 15, 2008

We Are Scientists, ‘Brain Thrust Mastery’ (Astralwerks)

The title of the second LP by this Brooklyn synth-rockduo (formerly a trio) loosely alludes to singer Keith Murray's newly discreet, mind-over- body m.o. O…
By: Julia Simon / May 15, 2008

Flight of the Conchords, ‘Flight of the Conchords’ (Sub Pop)

This New Zealand duo dignify the term "novelty band," whether spoofing Pet Shop Boys or decrying the high cost of sneakers made by "little slave…
By: Lindsey Thomas / May 15, 2008

Quiet Village, ‘Silent Movie’ (K7)

Named for Martin Denny's seminal exotica/lounge album, Quiet Village opt for a sketchy sunset -- rather than the more traditional nymph in a loincloth --…
By: SPIN Staff / May 15, 2008

The Kooks, ‘Konk’ (Astralwerks)

These British phenoms' energetic pop-rock tunes are eminently listenable and sometimes downright joyous (album opener "See the Sun"), but nary a nanosecond of the Kooks'…
By: Josh Modell / May 15, 2008

El Perro Del Mar, ‘From the Valley to the Stars’ (The Control Group)

Aside from the bouncing ivories of "Somebody's Baby" and the girl-group harmonies of groovy gem "How Did We Forget?" Sarah Assbring's third LP ditches the…
By: William Goodman / May 15, 2008
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