Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: Sensitive rock juggernauts from Brooklyn do what they do well—lyrical songs, gentle brass and strings, drunk broken hearts.
Free Association: Glad they kept it quiet. Fame and money usually means more of everything.
For Fans Of: Wilco, Sloan, Denali, Smiths, Grizzly Bear.
The Dead Weather
Sea of Cowards
Sounds Like: Mr. Jack White can nearly do no wrong with his bluesy and energetic band—spasms of glamour, punk and classic rock on their sophomore home run.
Free Association: Thought Horehound was a one-off? This one’s even better.
For Fans Of: Them Crooked Vultures, Eagles of Death Metal, cursing.
I Speak Because I Can
Sounds Like: A thrilling second effort from the shockingly talented 20-year-old British voice who is poised to make sturdy, beautifully timeless records.
Free Association: It’s like she opens her mouth and lifetimes of sorrow come out.