Album Reviews

Yuck

Yuck: Yuck

Right off the bat this album sounds like something sitting in one of my many CD towers in the storage room. The exposed bassline,…

XX

The xx: XX

I will admit to being a cheap ass when it comes to buying music. I’m not loyal to my online retailers now that I’m…

Expo 86

Wolf Parade: Expo 86

This is certainly Wolf Parade’s most straightforward album, less moaning and broken gears and almost hopeful in its vibrancy. Hell, the second track on…

Wild Flag

Wild Flag: Wild Flag

Welcome to Sleater-Kinney’s less annoying little cousin. Not to say that all Sleater-Kinney is annoying, but there’s only so much riot grrrrrrl a person…

The Whole Love

Wilco: The Whole Love

Oh, Wilco. You’re so cute. And so overrated. Even Yankee Foxtrot Hotel, which we all subscribed to as the second coming of “good” music,…

Alopecia

Why?: Alopecia

Is this the rap/rock hybrid that things like the Judgment Night soundtrack folks imagined back in the early 90s? Probably not. They didn’t do…

WWI

White Whale: WWI

For some reason the opening moments of this album remind me of INXS. I can’t say exactly why, as the rest of the album…

Pinkerton

Weezer: Pinkerton

These guys got totally hosed on this album. Actually, it’s a better all around record than their debut. It’s more textured and emotional and…

Maladroit

Weezer: Maladroit

They have really poured on the pop for this one. “Dope Nose” is a great, great pop song in all its power chord glory….

Valentina

The Wedding Present: Valentina

Look, I know these guys are old, but I still find them incredibly compelling. There’s something immediate about their music, entertaining and clear headed….

Lisbon

The Walkmen: Lisbon

Lead singer, Hamilton Leithauser, sounds like Dylan if Dylan thought he could sing. It’s not to say he can’t, but close your eyes and…