Reviews

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

Album of the Week: 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'


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'


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'


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'


'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.

Album of the Week: The Jayhawks, 'XOXO'


The album was recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN, and at the late Ed Ackerson's Flowers Studio in their native Minneapolis. It sounds like the 'hawks may have used some of Ed's toys on the track, "Homecoming," which features Gary Louris' guitar, hints of psychedelia and a sunny Laurel Canyon vibe.

Album of the Week: Haim, 'Women In Music Part III'


Throughout the record, HAIM navigate heartbreak, the wobbly uncertainty of personal growth, and the vast lands of loneliness - coming together for each other, and for us. The instrumentation is full of enticing restraint, grasping listeners with sharp arrangements that stay with you even after the record has ended.