On the Record: Tanlines, the Cranberries & More

Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.

By Bill Chenevert
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 0 | Posted Mar. 21, 2012

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Tanlines

Mixed Emotions

(True Panther Sounds)

Sounds Like: The breakout record of the summer is already making hearts flutter—brace yourselves for their ultra-listenable, chill times, African-flavored synth rock.

Free Association: It doesn’t hurt that they’re both pretty much total dreamboats.

For Fans Of: Battles/Neon Indian/Small Black, Vampire Weekend + Yeasayer, trends.

The Cranberries

Roses

(Downtown)

Sounds Like: The Irish band’s first in 10 years! Almost 20 years after their excellent debut, the band’s grown up and softened a bit, but the music is still beautiful, ethereal alt rock.

Free Association: “Linger” is the best makeout song ever, right? This one works, too.

For Fans Of: Mazzy Star x Cowboy Junkies, Tori Amos for the Smiths, The Craft.

The Ting Tings

Sounds From Nowheresville

(Columbia)

Sounds Like: The snarly British noise pop duo’s debut became ubiquitous, and while this one doesn’t have the same commercial appeal, it’s still deliriously fun to blast.

Free Association: Hey, Pitchfork dicks! A 1.8? Check yourselves before you wreck yourselves!

For Fans Of: Sleigh Bells + the Gossip, Calvin Harris x CSS/MNDR, giving in to pop.

VCMG

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