On the Record: Dr. Dog, Air, The Fray and More

Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.

By Bill Chenevert
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Scars & Stories

(Epic)

Sounds Like: The ghastly four-piece’s third LP is watered-down, unexceptional, boring and bland white-man rock that somehow has magical radio appeal.

Free Association: A band that’s sustained itself on “How to Save a Life”—pathetic.

For Fans Of: U2/Counting Crows/Goo Goo Dolls/Train/Coldplay/Daughtry/Everythingthatsucks.

Islands

A Sleep & A Forgetting

(ANTI-)

Sounds Like: The chameleons of Montreal indie rock with an ever-rotating lineup is mostly Nick Thorburn, and his heartbreak’s all over this sad bastard pretty indie rock.

Free Association: I miss the Unicorns.

For Fans Of: Flaming Lips + the Unicorns, Grandaddy/Death Cab, embracing the hurt.

 

Amos Lee

As The Crow Flies

(Blue Note)

Sounds Like: Philadelphia-born Lee’s first EP since his debut in 2004 is another quietly smart and beautiful collection of singer/songwriter songs done intriguingly.

Free Association: Congrats, man, these kinds of records can get corny and boring fast.

For Fans Of: Iron & Wine x Ray LaMontagne, Bobby Dylan, old school folk, easy listenin’.

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