Album Reviews

13 Songs

Fugazi: 13 Songs

I was a latecomer to Fugazi in the scheme of my rock ’n’ roll education. I had heard nothing of their DC sound before walking…

Zhigge

Zhigge: Zhigge

I’m not really sure why this CD made its way into my collection other than it must have dropped around the time when I would…

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, the…

Fever to Tell

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever to Tell

Didn’t your mother ever tell you it’s not nice to sneer? I mean Miss Polly Jean Harvey wouldn’t even yelp like this, even if it…

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 no…

Hard or Smooth

Wreckx-n-Effect: Hard or Smooth

There’s only one reason to own this album… and that reason is the ubiquitous 1992 hit, “Rump Shaker.” You remember the awful video with the…

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 the…

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 can…

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, fails…

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 hipster…

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 is…

The White Stripes

The White Stripes: The White Stripes

Laid bare of all pretention, this album is a straightforward, raw foot-stomping preview of a career to come. Part Yeah Yeah Yeahs (whose Karen O…

Milk Famous

White Rabbits: Milk Famous

This is a band I always want to like more than I do. It’s not that I dislike anything they do, including this, their new…

Fort Nightly

White Rabbits: Fort Nightly

Imagine some sort of weird Walkmen and Madness mash-up and you have The White Rabbits. Throw in some spooky Specials or Clinic reverb and maybe…

Weezer The Green Album

Weezer: Weezer [the green album]

There we go. This oughta make some of those Pinkerton-haters happy. Keeping the rockin’ attitude of Pinkerton, but adding back in some of the funniness…

Weezer Blue Album

Weezer: Weezer [the blue album]

My introduction to this album came upon me like a sign. KROQ played “(Undone) The Sweater Song” one day, and I happened to catch the…

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 the…

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. It’s…

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. Just…

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 imagine…

Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring for My Halo

I generally stay away from the low-key singer/songwriter stuff since Elliott Smith snuffed himself. I saw one of his shows at Irving Plaza back when…

Venomous Villain

Viktor Vaughn: VV2: Venomous Villain

I’m not much for instrumental albums or albums filled with guest spots. So imagine my disappointment when the second Vik Vaughn album turned out to…