On The Record

Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.

By Bill Chenevert
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 0 | Posted May. 18, 2010

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The National

High Violet

(4 AD)

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

(Warner Brothers)

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.

 

Laura Marling

I Speak Because I Can

(Astralwerks)

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.

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