Tag: Above The Current

Bat Fangs, “Bat Fangs”

Bat Fangs’s “Bat Fangs” marries hair metal and garage rock, equal parts campy and true.

Khruangbin, “Con Todo El Mundo”

Now that every new release is considered to be a potential protest album of some kind, “Con Todo El Mundo” has arrived wonderfully devoid of any superfluous meaning.

Ty Segall, “Freedom’s Goblin”

Just when you thought you could pigeonhole Ty Segall into just one entire decade of music.

No Age, “Snares Like a Haircut”

No Age’s “Snares Like a Haircut” is a record that offers some kind of solace while also invoking the unnerving and disquieting times we live in.

Salad Boys, “This Is Glue”

On “This Is Glue,” much is made of direction and being on the edge of somewhere, a part of something larger. Salad Boys are growing up and getting restless.

tUnE-yArDs, “I can feel you creep into my private life”

Merrill Garbus’s latest LP doubles down on hooks and polished mainstream sheen without actually jettisoning any of her quirks or peculiarities.

Big Star, “Live at Lafayette’s Music Room”

“Live at Lafayette’s Music Room” offers a window into one of the most acclaimed (and equal parts ignored) bands of the 1970s.

Thelonious Monk, “The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection”

The handsomely-curated vinyl box set revisits the early albums that set the tone for Monk’s mad aesthetic.

Miguel, “War & Leisure”

With “War & Leisure,” Miguel has solidified a sound that contextualizes past efforts.

Björk, “Utopia”

Björk’s utopia is not born without pain.

Charlotte Gainsbourg, “Rest”

Charged with grief and euphoria, “Rest” is a showcase for Charlotte Gainsbourg the musician.

Mavis Staples, “If All I Was Was Black”

Mavis Staples isn’t one to brandish a song like a weapon—not when she’s so good at disarmament—and here she aims to melt swords into plowshares through the cosmic force of neighborly love, wild empathy, and intentional optimism.

Spoon, “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” [10th Anniversary Reissue]

“Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” is the logical conclusion of Spoon’s commercial appeal and their innovativeness, an effort seamlessly weaving between earworm melodies and genuine experimentation.

R.E.M., “Automatic for the People” (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Sometimes, a reissue of a classic album can reveal too much of the process. With “Automatic for the People,” the opposite is the case.

Hüsker Dü, “Savage Young Dü”

The reissue tells a story of teens from Saint Paul, Minnesota, finding themselves and their searing, rock-out identities.

Julien Baker, “Turn Out the Lights”

Across all of “Turn Out the Lights,” Baker doesn’t pull a single punch.

King Krule, “The OOZ”

With Archy Marshall, the question was never “if” but rather “when,” and thanks to “The OOZ,” the answer is firmly “now.”

Circuit des Yeux, “Reaching for Indigo”

Though it’s her most accessible album to date, “Reaching for Indigo” continues in Haley Fohr’s mission of experimentalism and self-expression.

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