Album Reviews in 30 Seconds or Less
Sounds Like: Much-anticipated collection of great new tracks; dreamy, psych-tinged retro rock spiked by moments of funkalicious modernity.
Free Association: Perhaps the biggest-deal Philly band. Destined for acclaim of all kinds.
For Fans Of: Pavement meets Spoon, old-timey clothes.
The Big To-Do
Sounds Like: True practitioners of southern rock and devotees of the triple guitar attack, their eighth LP isn’t so much Skynyrd as it is Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
Free Association: Sketches of scenarios, characters and southern pride done right.
For Fans Of: Backyard Tire Fire, Allman Brothers, heritage not hate.
Jaguar Love Hologram Jams (Fat Possum) Sounds Like: Indie electro rock from Portland with members of Blood Brothers is mostly beats, synths, scream-singing and chaos. Free Association: Requirements to enjoy: body odor, alcohol/drug abuse, crazy hair. For Fans Of: Pretty Girls Make Graves, NIN, youth. Liars Sisterworld (Mute) Sounds Like: Shaking the post-punk dance revival stigma, these L.A. arty boys make moody, ethereal and brilliant rock that defies genres. Free Association: Each song is unique, but all have heavy drums, grit and distortion. For Fans Of: Lightning Bolt, Gregorian chant meets Battles, Crystal Castles. Johnny Cash American VI: Ain’t No Grave (American/Def Jam/Lost Highway) Sounds Like: The Man’s posthumous recordings keep coming thanks to producer Rick Rubin, and it’s a bittersweet mix of awe and wonder. Free Association: Cash’s cover of Sheryl Crow’s “Redemption Day” has special resonance. For Fans Of: Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, beating a dead horse. Los Campesinos! Romance Is Boring (Arts & Crafts) Sounds Like: The Welsh-born septet’s third is much loved/hated; kitchen-sink indie pop at its finest/worst, full of bodies, voices, sounds, quirky lyrics and hooks. Free Association: More punky and experimental, a far cry from “You! Me! Dancing!” For Fans Of: Architecture in Helsinki, angry Broken Social Scene. Acrassicauda Only The Dead See The End Of The War (Vice) Sounds Like: Baghdad metal band’s Vice debut...
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