With They Want My Soul, Spoon expertly aligns their trademark raucousness with bouts of sobriety, thoughtfulness, and anguish.
V is almost cinematic, conjuring up rich, kaleidoscopic vistas as the band transforms from stoned-out beach bums to wide-eyed globetrotters.
Trouble in Paradise is an album with some very forgettable space in between its handful of bright spots.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s fourth album is a compelling, if slightly discombobulated, rock pastiche.
Röyksopp and Robyn’s sounds share so much sonic DNA that their team-up is almost self-defeating.
With the release of their fourth album, Nabuma Rubberband, Little Dragon has completed a slow but striking transformation.
I Never Learn finds Li completely turning her back on the glossy pop she was edging toward on previous albums.
For all its faults, Singles represents a band stepping into its prime.
The band’s offbeat lyrical imagery and crunchy guitar-drum combinations work to enhance the album’s messy, unpretentious charm.
The shadowy, flirtatious Present Tense is Wild Beasts’ most cohesive effort yet.
For all his humor, Beck is consistently thoughtful and earnest in building his checkered monuments.
Morning Phase represents not only a return to form, but also serves as one of Beck’s most graceful efforts.
Voices rarely has a chance to establish any momentum before getting tripped up by its own inconsistency.
Wonderland is Dan Deacon visiting Brazil, a pop party rife with cartoony effects.
After the Disco is a yawner made by two artists whose impressive discography makes its failure that much more confounding.
Dunes is essentially a disillusioned adult’s perspective on the idealism of their halcyon days.
Blood Orange’s sophomore effort details a chronicle of alienation and broken romance with slow, melancholic, ‘90s-gazing jams.
Free Your Mind reveals some wear and tear on Cut Copy’s synth-pop formula.
Night Time, My Time might just be the sort of gaunt, darkly painted neurosis needed to combat popular music’s deluge of silly and crude self-affirmations.
Active Child’s Rapor EP is the artist’s most confident release to date.