Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Scars & Stories
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.
A Sleep & A Forgetting
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.
As The Crow Flies
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’.
PW's Music Issue 2014