Album Reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise
Sounds Like: Husky McBeard finally gives his backing band a name, produces himself and countries it up a little more than usual on his solid, reliable fourth.
Free Association: Sung after whiskey, a pack of smokes and a mouthful of marbles.
For Fans Of: Joe Cocker, Van Morrison x A. A. Bondy, sad bastards.
Margot And the Nuclear So and So’s
Sounds Like: Indianapolis- based octet is a gentle balance of whispy and garage rock, gentle and vicious on their third LP of hinted-at absurdist songs.
Free Association: Inspired by The Royal Tenenbaums’ Margot. Got it, makes loads of sense.
For Fans Of: Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens with balls.
Back to Me
Sounds Like: The Idol winner did Broadway and reality TV, now she’s “back” to smartly produced R&B with shiny anthems and bangers and a hot one with Cee-Lo.
Free Association: Included is the Color Purple’s “I’m Here”—yes you are, honey.
For Fans Of: Jennifer Hudson, Jazmine Sullivan, Faith, Toni, Mary.