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Cry Cry Cry

Wolf Parade: Cry Cry Cry

I can’t remember how many years I’ve been listening to Wolf Parade, though it seems like forever. I look back on the 90s and think, “Yeah, of course I was heari...
Return to Love

LVL UP: Return to Love

I believe this is the second LVL UP album I've reviewed in 2016, but why not stick with what you like, right? That said, I loved that first album, 2014's Hoodwi...
Black Up

Shabazz Palaces: Black Up

Hip-hop is a tough slog sometimes. It's about reinventing yourself or dying. Just ask 50 Cent or Coolio. So that's why I was interested to hear this album, the ...
Face Control

Handsome Furs: Face Control

There was a time back in high school when I was a big drum snob. If a rock song didn't have drums, but instead depended on synths or drum machines, I wasn't hav...
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 albu...
Chutes Too Narrow

The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow

Don't let the cartoon crap on the cover fool you; this is no lightweight album. The Shins seem to have found that perfect balance of retro and modern on this al...
Constantines

Constantines: Shine a Light

Dude, Canada is the new Liverpool! Okay, Glass Tiger not withstanding, Canada has put out some good stuff in recent years, including The Constantines. It's like...
The Postal Service

The Postal Service: Give Up

Ben Gibbard can write lyrics that would make even the most ardent metalhead melt. There is a nostalgia he manages to invoke that is remarkably unique. His norma...