Tag: Above The Current
Sleater-Kinney, “The Center Won’t Hold”
They remain faithfully yours in taut, ruthless, uncompromising rock and roll.
Bon Iver, “i,i”
Central to it all is a Justin Vernon with an altered disposition, more confident and looser—at times, he even sounds content.
Sigur Rós, “Ágætis Byrjun 20th Anniversary Edition”
Indefinable, refined, and weirdly universal.
Thom Yorke, “Anima”
“Anima” goes to great lengths to differentiate itself from Radiohead’s oeuvre.
Tyler, the Creator, “IGOR”
The heart of “IGOR” deals with lust and obsession—a spectrum of desire requiring listeners to think long and hard about the reality of a relationship.
The National, “I Am Easy to Find”
There are fewer layers, less fireworks; every part coalesces quietly.
Iron & Wine, “Our Endless Numbered Days (Deluxe Edition)”
“Our Endless Numbered Days” houses many of the most elegant, striking songs of Sam Beam’s career.
Curtis Mayfield, “Keep On Keeping On: Curtis Mayfield Studio Albums 1970-1974”
Attempts to unpack the legacy of one of Chicago’s favorite sons could veer into a novel-length investigation—but an overview of what made him an essential voice is on Technicolor display here.
Bob Mould, “Sunshine Rock”
“Sunshine Rock” is bedazzled with literal bells and whistles, including an eighteen-piece string section to lend Mould’s muscular rock a sense of transcendence.
Jessica Pratt, “Quiet Signs”
Pratt’s melodies hold nary a wasted chord or unwanted phrase.
Eerie Wanda, “Pet Town”
Much of the album sounds like echoes in an empty room, with percussion provided by hand claps and a drum machine.
Better Oblivion Community Center, “Better Oblivion Community Center”
“Better Oblivion Community Center” is a folk rock album that proves Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers to be perfect singing companions.
Buzzcocks, “Another Music in a Different Kitchen” / “Love Bites” [reissues]
Buzzcocks’ first two records with Pete Shelley proved that the band could—and did—maintain dramatic and thematic tension through entire song cycles.
Steve Gunn, “The Unseen in Between”
Steve Gunn’s latest has more palpable emotion and literary bent than ever before.
Sharon Van Etten, “Remind Me Tomorrow”
It’s a fascinating bridge from the moody indie pop of Van Etten’s previous efforts to something a bit thornier, denser, more rewarding.
Pearls Before Swine, “Balaklava”
Pearls Before Swine’s quasi-historical mystery album is hard to grasp, its songs coming in waves of breath and snippets of sound.
The 1975, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships”
Finding a balance between joy and self-seriousness, this is the quartet’s finest and most decadent album to date.
The Beatles, “The Beatles (White Album) Super Deluxe Edition”
If not for the fissure amongst the Beatles’ ranks, the lustrous brilliance and weird experimentalism of this collection wouldn’t shine so bright fifty years later.