Album Reviews | Ex Hex – Rips (2014)

by Eric Mackon May 10, 2015
Ex Hex is a trio fronted by Mary Timony, who has also been in Wild Flag, Autoclave, and Helium — all independent bands with little to no mainstream pull, although Wild Flag’s self-titled debut got good reviews in the press in 2011. I liked that album, too, but found it ungodly loud. Rips opts for pretty much […]
The Future's Void

Album Reviews | EMA – The Future’s Void (2014)

by Eric Mackon May 10, 2015
EMA‘s second album The Future’s Void is an eclectic set of neo-psychedelia that ranges from frightening paranoia (the opener “Satellites”) to tender bliss (the closer “Dead Celebrity”). As she swings between the two extremes throughout the record, it becomes evident these emotions are as deeply felt as they are mocked. Such is life in the 21st […]
Brill Bruisers

Album Reviews | The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers (2014)

by Eric Mackon May 9, 2015
Yet another indie rock act I’m coming late to the party on, the New Pornographers deliver the goods with Brill Bruisers, their sixth LP. To be frank, there are many of these types of indie rock artists I “should” be listening to (or so I’m told), and since the New Pornographers are one of them, […]

Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?

Album Reviews | K. Michelle – Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? (2014)

by Eric Mackon May 9, 2015
There is no way I would have discovered Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? if I hadn’t created a list of every 2014 album AllMusic gave a 4.5-star review. Like, literally none. Thankfully though, I worked particularly hard to discover good music released in 2014 since it really wasn’t a year with many high-profile, obviously good albums released […]
The River & the Thread

Album Reviews | Rosanne Cash – The River & the Thread (2014)

by Eric Mackon May 7, 2015
Editor's Pick
Although The River & the Thread is a country album, it’s more rooted in Americana and makes no attempt to flash the bright lights of Nashville. The daughter of country legend Johnny Cash, Rosanne certainly carries the family torch well, as this album is strikingly accomplished. The opener, “A Feather’s Not a Bird,” is a stunner, […]
Popular Problems

Album Reviews | Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems (2014)

by Eric Mackon May 3, 2015
I don’t know much about Leonard Cohen, and boy, is there a lot to know about him. For starters, he’s been releasing music since his debut 1967 album Songs of Leonard Cohen. A singer/songwriter who mostly has evaded getting boxed into a particular genre — I have never heard any of his songs on the radio, for […]

The Way I'm Livin'

Album Reviews | Lee Ann Womack – The Way I’m Livin’ (2014)

by Eric Mackon May 3, 2015
Helmed by the same production team — Chuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf, and Frank Liddell — that has produced both Miranda Lambert‘s last two albums (Platinum and Four the Record) and the Pistol Annies‘ Annie Up (another Miranda Lambert act — Liddell has produced every one of Miranda‘s albums since she hit the big time in 2005), […]
El Pintor

Album Reviews | Interpol – El Pintor (2014)

by Eric Mackon May 3, 2015
Interpol is one of those bands that is well known for its debut but hasn’t really made any noise since. Arriving in the wake of the Strokes‘ Is This It, Interpol was part of the new wave/post-punk revival of the early 2000s, and their excellent 2002 debut Turn On the Bright Lights is one of […]
American Middle Class

Album Reviews | Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class (2014)

by Eric Mackon May 1, 2015
I may have the greatest ear for country music, but I have a pretty good ear for accents and regional dialects. One of my complaints about the Pistol Annies‘ excellent 2013 album Annie Up was that at times even I couldn’t tell which one of the three singers — superstar Miranda Lambert, emerging star Ashley […]

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Album Reviews | Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (2014)

by Eric Mackon April 30, 2015
Of all the albums I have reviewed from 2014, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes had the quirkiest release, showing up on the Internet as a sudden, surprise release only available for download on BitTorrent — for money. Well, that’s not the whole story. A track (“Brain in a Bottle”) and a video of that track were available […]

Album Reviews | FREEMAN – FREEMAN (2014)

by Eric Mackon April 30, 2015
Editor's Pick
Ween may existed before Pavement, but their magnum opus Pure Guava didn’t arrive until after Pavement had redefined indie rock in 1992. Alternative and indie separated sharply when alternative crashed into the mainstream; just as Nirvana gave fans of alternative a larger home, Pavement did the same for indie rock with Slanted and Enchanted, which mapped out the new […]

Album Reviews | Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica (2014)

by Eric Mackon April 29, 2015
Cadillactica is one of the best hip-hop albums of 2014. With more soul in the music and more bass in most of the production, Cadillactica still sounds like a modern rap record, but its feel skews older. With its Southern sensibilities, the album often plays like an early OutKast record. With time, hopefully Big K.R.I.T. […]

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