Album Reviews

Yusuf Islam Finds Balance on ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’

Yusuf Islam Finds Balance on ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’

Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens shows no signs of slowing down with a new folk-rock offering, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, from Sony Music and Legacy Recordings. With powerful rhythm-and-blues roots supporting the lyrics of a seeker, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone could be the strongest album Yusuf has released since his return to mainstream music in 2006. Yusuf […]

‘Springtime Carnivore': Staring at the Sky

‘Springtime Carnivore': Staring at the Sky

Springtime Carnivore is a solo project by Greta Morgan, AKA the pianist and vocalist of the Hush Sound and Gold Motel. Her self-titled debut album offers a lush soundscape of organic melodies and propels her into the sweet spot somewhere between the Cardigans’ Nina Persson and Lana Del Rey. Springtime Carnivore capitalizes on the expertise […]

Yelle’s ‘Complètement Fou': Just What the Doctor Ordered?

Yelle’s ‘Complètement Fou': Just What the Doctor Ordered?

Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), the Saturday Night Live-band-guitarist-turned-Top-40-God-of-Pop, signed Yelle, the French electro-pop act who debuted in 2007 with Pop-Up, to his Sony-owned label Kemosabe Records. The involvement of one certain doctor explains the predictable cache of inoffensively catchy tracks that are found on Yelle’s third long-player, Complètement Fou. As a career move, teaming up […]

Odesza: On the Up

Odesza: On the Up

Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight are the Seattle-based production duo behind Odesza, a project early on racking up #1 plays from Hype Machine with tracks like “How Did I Get Here” and “IPlayYouListen”, long before their first live show together. Is it much of a surprise that their debut LP, In Return, has achieved another […]

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