Sounds Like: Essentially, this is a hits collection filled out with the help of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, making each song more emotional and dramatic.
Free Association: How can we make him and his morose sadness even darker?
For Fans Of: Boy George x Jeff Buckley, Billie Holiday + Perfume Genius, tears.
Researching the Blues
Sounds Like: The L.A.-born McDonald brothers surprise us with a new set of throbbing, aggressive post-punk with grit and bite, maybe the best in their 35-year career.
Free Association: First, a kickin’ Mission of Burma record; now this? Looks like 45 is the new 18.
For Fans Of: The Ramones/Black Flag + Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., shredding into mid-life.
Sixpence None the Richer
Lost in Transition
Sounds Like: The Texas-born group that gave us the great “Kiss Me” disbanded in 2004; they’re back with solid production of their harmless, poppy Christian rock.
Free Association: It feels almost devious when you find out radio rock is full of faith.
For Fans Of: The Cardigans x Eisley, Matchbox Twenty + Jars of Clay, subtle church.
PW's Music Issue 2014