Category Archives: Album Reviews

The Dead Weather: Horehound


Jack White’s new project erupts with chemistry

The gritty, filthy sex appeal that characterizes the Dead Weather’s  debut album from the very first track surges and throbs throughout the entire record, as Jack White’s “supergroup” simultaneously lives up to the hype and defies expectations. Continue reading


Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band: Outer South


Oberst stops whining, grows up, learns to have a little fun

Let’s be honest: Conor Oberst  has an image that he’s dragged around with him like a tear-stained cardigan for about a decade. The whimpering, “dear diary” Conor lamented, wailed, wept and whispered his way to indie-rock stardom as the frontman of Bright Eyes , simultaneously influencing the future of rock ‘n’ roll as he went. Six-ish bands, one dual album release and countless Dylan comparisons later, Oberst is finally learning to lighten up. Continue reading

New York Dolls: ‘Cause I Sez So


The Dolls chuck the mascara but keep their glam-rock swagger

Back in the mid-’70s, the New York Dolls  teetered their way to cult status atop platform heels, shredding on the guitars and giving everyone the finger along the way. Now, a Dolls overhaul has resulted in their fourth studio album after 36 years of trash-talkin’ and lipstick-wearin’. And surprisingly, four decades and only two original members later, the’ve managed to retain their glitter-trash sound. Continue reading

Levon Helm: Electric Dirt


Helm cultivates the soil of his roots to create an intimate, well-crafted record

The throaty warble that characterizes the vocals of former Band member Levon Helm  in his recent records wasn’t always quite so weathered. After being diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998, Helm’s voice took on a huskier tone—yet it seems to fit in perfectly with the earthy, homespun feel of Electric Dirt. On his new album, Helm continues on the trail of 2007’s Dirt Farmer, crafting humble songs that voice Helm’s love for the land without ever sounding archaically dusty.

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Mutemath: Armistice

From Paste, September 2009:

Electro-rockers subtract originality.

With Armistice, New Orleans quartet Mutemath veers further and further from the myriad genre references that comprised its intriguing debut, taking one step closer to middle-of-the-road alt-rock anonymity. Continue reading