Reviews - Page 128

Haino/O’Rourke/Ambarchi, ‘Imikuzushi’ (Black Truffle)

Savage three-hour purge-jam whittled to jet-crash free-metal, blowtorch gloom-noise, throaty agony…
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 8, 2012

Dinowalrus, ‘Best Behavior’ (Old Flame)

Fuzzy, trippy Brooklyn bubblegum kids induce temporary euphoria, but can’t overcome crippling shyness.
Jon Young / March 8, 2012

Said The Whale, ‘Little Mountain’ (Hidden Pony/EMI)

Vanilla guitar pop, sweetly self-effacing vocals, twee lyrics: ultimately a harmless indie diversion.
Jon Young / March 8, 2012

Robert Glasper Experiment, ‘Black Radio’ (Blue Note)

Jazz by way of neo-soul, NPR-friendly rap, rakish Sade and Nirvana covers.
Brandon Soderberg / March 8, 2012

Lambchop, ‘Mr. M’ (Merge)

Album No. 11 from Nashville's self-proclaimed "most fucked-up country band" opens with a bed of tense string lusciousness straight out of a '50s Douglas Sirk…
David Menconi / March 8, 2012

WZRD, ‘WZRD’ (Wicked Awesome/HeadBanga/Universal Republic)

WZRD is Kid Cudi and "Day 'N' Nite" producer Dot da Genius’ so-called "alternative rock" project. While that term signified something during the indie/collegiate/grunge takeover…
Brandon Soderberg / March 8, 2012

Todd Snider, ‘Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables’ (Aimless)

Loosey-goosey country-rock agitprop bubbles with cosmic-realist one-liners, class warfare.
Richard Gehr / March 7, 2012

Estelle, ‘All of Me’ (Warner Music/Atlantic)

Sleeker than Shine, glittery electro-R&B songs ponder love and fame; flash and vanish like a firecracker in July.
J. Edward Keyes / March 7, 2012

Every Time I Die, ‘Ex Lives’ (Epitaph)

Metalcore-era refugees compose anxiety-laden, alt-leaning bummer symphony with sharp riff, sharper wit.
Kory Grow / March 7, 2012

Various Artists, ‘Brainmaths’ (Ramp)

James Blake, Zomby, SBTRKT toss dubstep blueprint, draw new hazy outlines with charcoal and sponge.
Philip Sherburne / March 7, 2012

Farewell Republic, ‘Burn the Boats’ (self-released)

Swoonworthy Brooklyn epic-makers with the Deftones' sense of shoegaze; math-rock's sense of melody.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 7, 2012

Ólafur Arnalds, ‘Another Happy Day’ (Erased Tapes)

Decidedly pleasant, plainly classical-ambient score asks and answers, "What Would Max Richter Do?"
Grayson Currin / March 7, 2012

Perfume Genius, ‘Put Your Back N 2 It’ (Matador)

The album title might look gangsta, and in its own way, Mike Hadreas' second album lives up to that billing. As he proved on his…
Alfred Soto / March 7, 2012

Ceremony, ‘Zoo’ (Matador)

There is no perfect way to grow out of hardcore, what with its sublimely teenaged palette of growled salvos, amped-up riffs, jackhammer drums, song-eschewing brevity,…
Kory Grow / March 6, 2012

The Alchemist, ‘Rapper’s Best Friend 2′ (Decon)

Instrumentals trumping everyone's soul beats via synth squeals and blunted John Carpenter claps.
Brandon Soderberg / March 6, 2012
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