Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: The Montreal super-group’s long-awaited follow-up to Neon Bible is a more subdued, darker and less manic version of their baroque, complex style.
Free Association: Nothing will be better than their self-titled EP and Funeral.
For Fans Of: Mercury Rev, Roxy Music, Canuck Smiths, brooding.
Let’s Go On and On and On with HAM1
Sounds Like: Athens, Ga.’s Jim Willingham cut his teeth with hard rock in the ‘90s, took some time off, backed Vic Chesnutt and now plays low-key countrified rock.
Free Association: This ain’t no B-52s or REM; these are sad-bastard saloon tunes.
For Fans Of: Crown Vic, Peter Case, Devotchka, drunk Neil Young.
Crown of Thorns