On a superficial level, the ostensibly back-to-basics album could charitably be described as workmanlike.
The album proves that there’s still more to be mined from the supposedly anachronistic guitar-rock template.
The album is the band’s widest-ranging and most surprising effort to date.
There’s still darkness flitting around Ezra Koenig’s consciousness, but it’s more of the “middle-aged malaise” variety.
If there’s one thing that squarely separates the album from the Hold Steady singer’s previous work, it’s the consistent mellowness.
The album’s heartwarming melodies set to hit-and-miss lyrics represents at least a partial return to form.
Modern trappings do little to obscure the fact that frontman Kurt Wagner feels more out of time than ever.
The album marks the band’s first reunion that feels truly consequential.
The album proves that the tortured-artist path isn’t the only way to great rock n’ roll.
Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? keeps the usual chaos of a Deerhunter album hidden beneath charming exteriors.
The album comes close, in both timbre and tone, to reflecting the unvarnished Tweedy that shows up at his solo shows.
With its mix of rock and balladry, Look Now strikes a fine balance between the lively and the pensive.
Unlike the film, there’s not nearly enough substance here to justify all the bombast.
Dose Your Dreams proves Fucked Up’s got a deep enough bag of tricks to make even conventionality sound compelling.
Egypt Station marks a clean break from the music McCartney has been making for the last 20 years.
The album is an attempt to transpose the Spiritualized space-rock orchestra into Jason Pierce’s bedroom.
Despite its flaws, The Crossing is an important chapter in 2018’s cultural conversation.
Big Red Machine feels like a collection of off-the-cuff experiments between friends.
Even as she continues to explore the dark parts of her soul lyrically, Mitski sounds more confident than ever.
Josh Tillman too often feels hopelessly lost inside his own head on God’s Favorite Customer.