Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Which Side Are You On?
Sounds Like: The folkie punk’s 17th studio album is totally solid, with a great version of the title track, made famous by Pete Seeger, who backs her up.
Free Association: Can’t bring her down—she’s still singing because she’s got the goods.
For Fans Of: Liz Phair x Tori Amos, Suzanne Vega, Dylan + Pretenders, ’90s glory.
Live From The Kitchen
Sounds Like: Mario Mims, formerly Lil Yo, is a Memphis emcee whose debut studio album’s star-studded, but with flat, boring beats and weak rappin’ about jail ’n’ shit.
Free Association: It’s a good strategy—recruit as many big name guests as possible.
For Fans Of: Rick Ross/Jadakiss//Big K.R.I.T./Gucci/Trina/Wiz, “Back That Azz Up.”
Sounds Like: Stunning compositions of subtly crafted instrumentals (harpsichord, clarinet, guitar) with a post-modern twist via electro-acoustic production effects.
Free Association: Eerie but beautiful atmospherics that make for a mesmerizing listen.
For Fans Of: Nicolas Jaar x Burial + orchestras, wordless Portishead, dark beauty.
PW's Music Issue 2014