Here’s our take on the best and worst albums available online and in record stores today:
Bright Eyes, The People’s Key
Don’t cry for us, Conor, the truth is we never left you.
PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
Zooming in on war’s carnage, Polly Jean Harvey discovers a startling new world of sound and fury.
Twilight Singers, Dynamite Steps
Yikes! The codependent king snake slithers anew.
Hayes Carll, KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories)
We’re totally screwed, but damn, that drawl is sweet.
Mogwai, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Obliterating the horizon with a stoic, graceful din.
East River Pipe, We Live in Rented Rooms
Bong-shattering rockers blow conceptual load.
Arbouretum, The Gathering
Fanciful metal roar more numbing than transporting.
Asobi Seksu, Fluorescence
Stark emotions eke out of blinding kaleidoscope.
Beans, End It All
Beatmakers buoy MC amid phonetic frenzy.
Telekinesis, 12 Desperate Straight Lines
Power pop’s freshest face gets slapped by amour.
The Dears, Degeneration Street
So much for bemoaning Morrissey comparisons.
Drive-By Truckers, Go-Go Boots
More empathetic odes to pathetic Rickys and Eddies.