Reviews

Music and album reviews from the staff of 89.3 The Current.

Album of the Week: Sylvan Esso, 'Free Love'


Sylvan Esso, 'Free Love'

On Sylvan Esso's third studio record, the musical conversation between Nick Sandborn and Amelia Meath reflects, waits, and listens. Ideas about authenticity, celebrity, and self shift and filter over the course of their new album, Free Love.

Album of the Week: Disclosure, 'ENERGY'


Disclosure, 'Energy'

A deluxe album clocking in at 1 hour, 22 minutes, 'ENERGY' has flavors of classic sound, R&B, modern pop, and the depth of an avant-garde jazz record.

Album of the Week: Bully, 'Sugaregg'


Bully, 'Sugaregg'

The record's densely layered production brings lush soundscapes to life, while delightful bits of extemporaneous audio pull back the curtain on the recording process. Listen closely for moments when Bognanno talks to her dog, Mezzi, or playfully encourages her collaborators to pick up the tempo.

Album of the Week: Kathleen Edwards, 'Total Freedom'


Kathleen Edwards, 'Total Freedom'

Let's see, the story goes something like this. Kathleen Edwards steps away from music to open a coffee shop called Quitters. She has been running the shop now for the last 8 years. A few years later she was invited to Nashville to write song for Maren Morris, who is a big fan..

Album of the Week: Glass Animals, 'Dreamland'


Glass Animals, 'Dreamland'

This round of songs still shimmer and poppily slide along for summertime listening - but the lyrics hit home. 'Dreamland' is an apt title for the album - a hazy forest of sounds that sharpen and fade thru stories of former friends, regrets, and snippets of memories that are gone before you can fully grasp them.

Album of the Week: Lianne La Havas, 'Lianne La Havas'


Lianne La Havas, 'Lianne La Havas' self-titled album

On this record we find Lianne paring down the dense production and sonic ambition of her earlier records and letting the songs sit center stage. With this new self-titled effort we have an artist delivering an album length autopsy on a failed relationship with unflinching honesty: the good, the bad, the carnal and thank god, the funky.

Album of the Week: My Morning Jacket, 'The Waterfall II'


My Morning Jacket, 'The Waterfall II'

'The Waterfall II' winds up standing strong not only as a companion to 'The Waterfall,' but among the rest of the My Morning Jacket library, and will serve as an excellent soundtrack to our remaining summer evenings.