Reviews - Page 132

Brother Ali, ‘The Bite Marked Heart’ (Rhymesayers)

Backpack stalwart moralizes on rap-star sex, dissects a bad marriage. Don’t worry, it’s just a demo.
Mosi Reeves / March 4, 2012

Frankie Rose, ‘Interstellar’ (Slumberland)

On Interstellar, the best thing Frankie Rose has ever touched, the raven-haired songwriter seems to have found the luminous freedom she'd been pursuing for so…
Camille Dodero / March 2, 2012

Siinai, ‘Olympic Games’ (Splendour)

Siinai are Finland's greatest krautrock band. Which is no frivolous praise — the country's crisp air is currently pulsing with electric muesli motorik. Besides this…
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 2, 2012

Christian Mistress, ‘Possession’ (Relapse)

En vogue Blood Ceremony-style vintage metal choog with more muscular shredding, Wayne and Garthisms.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 1, 2012

Curren$y, ‘Muscle Car Chronicles’ (DD172/Island Def Jam)

Shame on you, Dame. Clearly unfinished raps over live-rawked Blueshammer beats. Disc 2? Don't bother.
Brandon Soderberg / March 1, 2012

Andre Williams, ‘Hoods and Shades’ (Bloodshot)

Acoustic axe in hand, R’n’B sleazefather steps to back porch, where he remains dick-deep in pulp.
David Marchese / March 1, 2012

Keith Fullerton Whitman, ‘Generators’ (Editions Mego)

Misfiring oscillator pulses make for a bubbling, live-wire, charred punk-squat Terry Riley.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 1, 2012

Plants and Animals, ‘The End of That’ (Secret City)

Never decide between Arcade Fire and classic rock again. But choose either over this pastiche.
Josh Modell / March 1, 2012

Hodgy Beats, ‘Untitled’ (self-released)

Solid though slight, with star-packed production credits and rap-raps, this OF release is the anti-Goblin.
Brandon Soderberg / March 1, 2012

Y La Bamba, ‘Court The Storm’ (Tender Loving Empire)

Delightfully tweaked Mexifolk brings Luz Elena Mendoza ever closer to being crowned the Latin-rock Feist.
Caryn Ganz / March 1, 2012

Tetras, ‘Pareidolia’ (Flingco)

By turns bracing and graceful, this Swiss drums/bass/organ trio makes improv safe for dabblers and drone freaks.
Philip Sherburne / March 1, 2012

Chiddy Bang, ‘Breakfast’ (Virgin)

The Philly duo refines fame-obsessed mall-rap with sugary pop, heartfelt lyrics and, sadly, forgettable songs.
Mosi Reeves / March 1, 2012

Chieftains, ‘Voice of Ages’ (Hear)

Irish trad-folk legends celebrate their 50th with collabos, put Bon Iver's falsetto to beautiful use.
David Bevan / March 1, 2012

Hunx, ‘Hairdresser Blues’ (Hardly Art)

Smartass punker pauses his Punx, mourns Jay Reatard and salutes Bay City Rollers with typical charm.
Jon Young / March 1, 2012

Masaki Batoh, ‘Brain Pulse Music’ (Drag City)

Extracted brain waves and placid, windchimey ritual music reveal the ghosts in our machines.
Christopher R. Weingarten / March 1, 2012
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