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Album Reviews

Blondie – Blondie 4(0) Ever (Noble ID, LLC)

Forget burning out or fading away. In 2014, 69-year-old Deborah “Debbie” Harry of Blondie is just warming things up. While she and her bandmates behind iconic New York City-based new wave group Blondie could easily sit back and enjoy the [...]

July 3, 2014

Lykke Li – I Never Learn (Atlantic)

Most introductions to this Swedish siren were made when she crooned about losing the love of a vampire in The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Even if you loathed the supernatural romance that made nearly every teenage girl swoon, it was [...]

July 1, 2014

ABBA: ABBA Gold – 40th Anniversary Edition (Polar Music)

It’s here! The definitive ABBA collection. Celebrating 40 years since the Swedish band’s inception, this box set is a digitally remastered wonder of, you guessed it, 40 singles. For lifelong fans, it’s a dream come true; for those new to [...]

June 18, 2014

tUnE-yArDs: Nikki Nack (4AD)

Where could Merrill Garbus—otherwise known as tUnE-yArDs—possibly go next after her 2011 album w h o k i l l? That album was unique, skittering and felt incredibly complete. So what would Garbus’ next attempt sound and feel like? How [...]

June 17, 2014

Kina Grannis – Elements (One Haven Music)

Kina Grannis offers a satisfying blend of melodic pop, earthy guitar-strumming folk, honey-twinged vocals and lyrical introspection on her second studio release, Elements. Themes of romantic love, self-discovery and the power of familial connections predominate here, making it exquisitely evident that Grannis is a [...]

June 5, 2014

The Shoe – I’m Okay (There Was an Old Woman)

The Shoe is an indie rock duo comprised of actress Jena Malone (“Donnie Darko,” “Saved!”) and composer Lem Jay Ignacio. The band’s name comes from a musical instrument Malone created and named “The Shoe,” which she made from a steamer [...]

June 3, 2014

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There (Jagjaguwar)

“Time heals pain.” When tending to a broken heart, that very phrase (or some Chicken Soup for the ___’s Soul variation) remains one of the oldest clichés in the book. In the case of Sharon Van Etten, the exact opposite [...]

May 29, 2014

Tori Amos – Unrepentant Geraldines (Mercury Classics)

Tori Amos, the piano-driven confessional artist who exposed raw accounts of sexual assault and menstruation, is here once again with her 14th studio album—but don’t call it a comeback. The deeply personal singer still has plenty to say, and she’ll [...]

May 28, 2014