Reviews - Page 123

Astra, ‘The Black Chord’ (Metal Blade)

Prog revisionists do Moog/guitar duels, G-force time changes, stoned sage vocals. Best title: "Quake Meat."
David Marchese / March 26, 2012

The Decemberists, ‘We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11)’ (Capitol)

Last decade's Counting Crows quaver and charm though two hours of live geek hits.
David Bevan / March 26, 2012

Sendai, ‘Geotope’ (Time to Express)

Belgian duo's eerie bunker techno is more fallout than blast, all ashen hues, static sizzle and catacombs reverb.
Philip Sherburne / March 26, 2012

Elephant Micah ‘Louder Than Thou’ (Product of Palmyra)

Baited by folk-rock mores, six dense songs of spider-webbed impressions. Often profound, rarely pat.
Grayson Currin / March 26, 2012

Young Prisms, ‘In Between’ (Kanine)

Sun-bleached gazers shed some reverb and slowdive into Mazzy waters. A midnight dip that occasionally drags.
Melissa Giannini / March 26, 2012

Meshuggah, ‘Koloss’ (Nuclear Blast)

Nothing feels safe when you're listening to Meshuggah. An average song by the Swedish metal extremists sounds like they took 30 seconds of Slayer's Reign…
Kory Grow / March 26, 2012

Madonna, ‘MDNA’ (Interscope)

One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. And the pill Madonna wants you to associate with her 12th studio album, MDNA…
Caryn Ganz / March 24, 2012

Action Bronson, ‘Blue Chips’ (Fool’s Gold)

Plenty of rappers have had to overcome comparisons to their elders, but very few have it as tough as Queens MC Action Bronson, who through…
Jordan Sargent / March 23, 2012

Daniel Rossen, ‘Silent Hour/Golden Mile EP’ (Warp)

Grizzly Bear/Department of Eagles maestro masterfully channels a stormier George Harrison.
David Bevan / March 23, 2012

Robert Pollard, ‘Mouseman Cloud’ (Guided By Voices Inc.)

Non-experts: This is exactly as good as everything else he’s done in the last 10 years, from GBV down…
Josh Modell / March 23, 2012

Karantamba, ‘Ndigal’ (Teranga Beat)

Gambia traditionals revamped as percussively akimbo, fuzzed/flanged psych-rock on unreleased 1984 live gem.
Richard Gehr / March 23, 2012

Sigh, ‘In Somniphobia’ (Candlelight)

Boinging black Bungle circus doom, Muse's idea of Morricone, video game music's idea of Wagner.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 23, 2012

Juvenile, ‘Mardi Gras’ (Self-released)

Despite the title, mixtape functions more like a solid love letter to contemporary Atlanta.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 23, 2012

Mark Stewart, ‘The Politics of Envy’ (Future Noise)

"This country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We must offer an alternative vision." That was Mitt Romney,…
Chuck Eddy / March 22, 2012

Unsane, ‘Wreck’ (Alternative Tentacles)

Veteran arithmetic noise-metal suggests being beaten with a rust-studded leather belt in a warzone... and smiling big.
Grayson Currin / March 22, 2012
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