Tag: Above The Current

Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White, “Gentlewoman, Ruby Man”

On their covers LP, Morrissey & White stand shoulder to shoulder with classics from Sinatra & Hazlewood and Sonny & Cher.

The Flaming Lips, “Oczy Mlody”

The oddball, acid-laced soliloquies that characterized Coyne’s Mad Hatter aesthetic from the start are still part-and-parcel of what drives his merry-to-morose ensemble.

Run the Jewels, “Run the Jewels 3”

There is immense catharsis in Killer Mike and El-P’s appetite for destruction.

John Cale, “Fragments of a Rainy Season” [reissue]

Equipped with nothing more than a piano and occasionally a guitar on this live album from 1992, the former member of The Velvet Underground pulls something new out of so many songs from across his career.

Childish Gambino, “‘Awaken, My Love!'”

Like so many retro-leaning artists before him, Donald Glover riffles through classic sounds for a lens through which to view his modern anxieties.

John Legend, “Darkness and Light”

It’s tough to shake the idea that we’re getting the real John Legend for the very first time.

Telefon Tel Aviv, “Fahrenheit Fair Enough” [reissue]

The reissue of the New Orleans IDM duo’s debut is a refreshing reminder of a more cerebral time.

Lee Hazlewood, “Cowboy in Sweden” [reissue]

Much of “Cowboy in Sweden” comes across like an elegy.

A Tribe Called Quest, “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service”

A Tribe Called Quest’s first album in eighteen years—and last album ever—is as urgent as “Atrocity Exhibition” and as easygoing as “The Low End Theory.”

Lambchop, “FLOTUS”

If a sudden shift toward EDM trappings sounds like an awkward fit for an alt-country band, on “FLOTUS,” it plays out as neither sudden nor awkward.

R.E.M., “Out of Time” (25th Anniversary Edition)

Beyond the big hits, R.E.M.’s seventh album is a record full of nuances, a record that matched the quantity of units sold with the quality of its songwriting.

Sad13, “Slugger”

If it feels like you’ve heard the lyrics on “Slugger” somewhere before, it’s probably because you’re a woman and you’ve thought them all.

Various Artists, “The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe”

Light in the Attic’s new new-age compilation turns the beam out across the Atlantic.

Jim James, “Eternally Even”

The My Morning Jacket frontman’s second solo record is not a hymn to destruction, but an anthem of resolve.

Common, “Black America Again”

Nothing is held back.

EZTV, “High in Place”

The Brooklyn power-pop trio have two albums to show for their two years of existence, and wouldn’t you know it, they’re currently batting a thousand.

Soft Hair, “Soft Hair”

Soft Hair is every bit as curious as the personae the musicians have created within the moniker.

NxWorries, “Yes Lawd!”

Spending fifty minutes rubbing up against this, Knxwledge and Anderson .Paak’s lavish debut tape as NxWorries, is to luxuriate in smoothness as an end unto itself.

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