On the Record: Justice, Wale, Florence and the Machine & More

Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.

By Bill Chenevert
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 0 | Posted Nov. 9, 2011

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Justice

Audio, Video, Disco

(Ed Banger)

Sounds Like: The French duo’s powerfully successful formula of skronky electronic dance music is catchy and popular with the kids. Thank goodness they’re maturing a bit.

Free Association: No “D.A.N.C.E.” here, much less radio-friendly; that’s a good thing.

For Fans Of: Basement Jaxx x Air, Daft Punk, robot porn, sweaty Frenchmen.

The Beets

Let The Poison Out

(Hardly Art)

Sounds Like: Quirky-to-the-max trio of Queens dudes making jangly, low-fi weirdo rock with simplicity and rough polish.

Free Association: The whole “We don’t really play well” thing has got to go soon.

For Fans Of: Ramones x Yuck, Thee Oh Sees + Hunx and His Punx, D.I.Y. everything.

The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers

(Secret City)

Sounds Like: Brothers (ex-the Slip) plus a lady on dulcimer and a guy on vibraphone create folk that’s gorgeous and vaguely African in its rhythms and spirit.

Free Association: Listen, the Slip’s a great band, despite their jam band flirtations.

For Fans Of: Bon Iver x the Dodos, Fleet Foxes, delicious white people folk.

Wale

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