Reviews - Page 124

Disappears, ‘Pre Language’ (Kranky)

Psych-garage pedal obsessives get a cheery Lungfish streak on their most uplifting work yet.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 22, 2012

Petar Dundov, ‘Ideas From the Pond’ (Music Man)

Trance for the lactose-intolerant: no gurns or glow-stick whoosh, just pellucid Tangerine Dreaming.
Philip Sherburne / March 22, 2012

The Shins, ‘Port of Morrow’ (Aural Apothecary/Columbia)

There's this thing that's always made the Shins the Shins, and despite the hue and cry over James Mercer’s firing of his bandmates, it wasn’t…
Chris Martins / March 21, 2012

DVA, ‘Pretty Ugly’ (Hyperdub)

Grime DJ's Hyperdub LP drizzles rainbow melodies over hothouse funk, like Burial on a tropical getaway. Ugly? Hardly.
Philip Sherburne / March 21, 2012

Lost in the Trees, ‘A Church That Fits our Needs’ (Anti-)

A mother’s suicide inspires moving orchestral folk, beauty and hope found amid grief.
Jon Young / March 21, 2012

One Direction, ‘Up All Night’ (Syco/Columbia)

British/Irish boy band revives Backstreet/*NSYNC vibes, throws glam anti-consumerist curveballs ("I Want").
Barry Walters / March 21, 2012

Gift of Gab, ‘The Next Logical Progression’ (Quannum)

Bay Area icon’s blue-collar tales prove that being an aging "conscious" rapper ain’t bad.
Mosi Reeves / March 21, 2012

Odd Future, ‘The OF Tape Vol. 2′ (Odd Future Records)

The barbarians stormed the gates to build pop-up shops shilling $60 hoodies emblazoned with cats and donuts. Odd Future had 12 million syllables spilled about…
Jeff Weiss / March 20, 2012

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, ‘Rot Gut, Domestic’ (Mariel Recording Company)

Still mourning R.E.M.? Richard Edwards’ dark, dense songs will help you move on.
Jon Young / March 20, 2012

Housse De Racket, ‘Alesia’ (Kitsune/Cooperative/Downtown)

Bilingual Phoenix-esque French dance-rock duo team with Phoenix producer, get more like Phoenix.
Barry Walters / March 20, 2012

Kali Mutsa, ‘Ambrolina’ (Ambrolina)

Cumbia bonds with Bollywood when gorgeous Chilean actor rebrands self as stylish shamanic Gypsy acid queen.
Richard Gehr / March 20, 2012

Jenny Scheinman, ‘Mischief & Mayhem’ (Self-released)

Likable NYC violin avant-pop whiz should turn up the heat, reign in the cerebral noodling.
Jon Young / March 20, 2012

Spawn of Possession, ‘Incurso’ (Relapse)

Ex-Necrophagist/Obscura members on endless technical death-metal roller coaster, complete with vomit vox.
Kory Grow / March 20, 2012

Lil B, ‘God’s Father’ (Self-Released)

No single album by the rapper Lil B matters for the same reason that no single painting by Andy Warhol matters. It's less their art…
Mike Powell / March 20, 2012

Meat Loaf, ‘Hell in a Handbasket’ (Legacy)

Even in the '70s, the decade that rendered the phrase "wretched excess" a critical cliché, Bat Out of Hell distinguished itself as the apotheosis of…
Keith Harris / March 20, 2012
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