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 […]

What’s Alvvays Always Going On About?

What’s Alvvays Always Going On About?

What’s this? Oh, just another record about longing after love, and the pain of heartache from the vantage point of a twenty-something-year-old with a lot of feelings. After the single “Archie, Marry Me” made the rounds earlier this year, I was curious to hear more from the Toronto-based band Alvvays, and I accordingly awaited their […]

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