reviews

My Brightest Diamond, ‘A Thousand Shark’s Teeth’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

The sound of My Brightest Diamond's second album conjures an image of dark, lacquered oak: swelling cellos, finger-picked guitar, and clockwork percussion knotted together by…
Spencer Kornhaber / June 15, 2008

Weezer, ‘Weezer’ (Geffen)

As one of the few '90s alt-rock survivors still flaunting their weirdness while going platinum, Weezer understand conflicting demands: The fans want another nakedly personal…
Barry Walters / June 15, 2008

The Futureheads, ‘This Is Not the World’ (Nul)

This U.K. group's 2004 first album was a breakneck feat of dazzling harmonizing, while 2006's follow-up was a bit of a snoozer, but their third…
Lindsey Thomas / June 15, 2008

Karen Dalton, ‘Green Rocky Road’ (Delmore)

Try and conjure a time when sincerity was the new irony. Powered by assuredly picked banjo, homespun overdubs, and a reedy, authoritative warble that Neil…
Shannon Zimmerman / June 15, 2008

Centro-matic/South San Gabriel, ‘Dual Hawks’ (Misra)

Singer/songwriter Will Johnson masterminded this split double CD as a way to unite both of his decade-old bands. Centro-matic rounds out scraggly Southern rock with…
Jason Gross / June 15, 2008

Solomon Burke, ‘Like a Fire’ (Shout! Factory)

If Burke's voice now lacks the stirring richness of his early-'60s R&B hits like "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and "Cry to Me," his dramatic…
SPIN Staff / June 15, 2008

The Cool Kids, ‘The Bake Sale EP’ (Chocolate Industries)

For the past year, goodnatured, colorfully clad Windy City partners Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish have been the equivalent of a meme, posting songs and…
Mosi Reeves / June 15, 2008

Alla’ , ‘Es Tiempo’ (Crammed Discs!)

Allá sound like the Cocteau Twins at a cocktail lounge on an Acapulco cruise ship, which is strange, considering that the Mexican-American trio has it…
Josh Modell / June 15, 2008

Vampire Weekend, ‘Vampire Weekend ‘ (XL)

At 1:32 a.m. last Valentine's Day, a demo titled "Oxford Comma" by a band of Columbia University buds was posted on the blog Music for…
Will Hermes / June 15, 2008

Adele, ’19’ (XL/Columbia)

Twenty-year-old Londoner Adele Atkins lives up to her "Sound of 2008" hype, in that she represents a highly commercial compromise between Amy Winehouse's genuine soul…
Barry Walters / June 15, 2008
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