Album reviews in 30 seconds or less
Sounds Like: The North Carolina duo’s third was recorded in Bon Iver’s studio/retreat and it’s not as spare and sad as his efforts; beautiful, gleaming morose folk pop.
Free Association: Smart, sophisticated and powerfully made pensive cabin rock.
For Fans Of: Andrew Bird x Megafaun + Fleet Foxes, A.A. Bondy, pretty harmonies.
Sounds Like: As blue-collared and political as ever, the Boss won’t be going anywhere anytime soon or quieting down, still raspin’ and hollerin’ about America.
Free Association: Doesn’t “We Take Care Of Our Own” sound vaguely racist/annoying?
For Fans Of: Seger/Seeger/Fogerty/Mellencamp/Petty/Cash/Orbison, Jersey pride.
The Slideshow Effect
Sounds Like: The Toronto duo’s debut is what happens when art students make music to accompany their photo exhibit but take it further and craft lovely dream pop.
Free Association: It’s so annoying when pretty young artists switch genres tastefully.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?