Only one of the four is a true reissue; but c'mon...it's Paul Simon
Pop Stephen Carradini
Some reissues are chock-full of new bits that entice hardcore fans to go
out and buy beloved albums again. Columbia’s reissues of Paul Simon’s
first three albums do not fall in that category.
Rock Matt Carney
Do you ever listen to Beach House and think, “I’d really like this a lot
more if the guitars weren’t so passive.” If so, Denton, Texas, rockers
Sundress might just be your new band du jour.
Rock Kelley Chambers
For some of us, “I'm With You,” the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 10th studio
album, is a long-awaited and welcome project that very likely could
never have happened. To others, it didn’t need to happen, and is simply
more of the same from a group that should have hung things up 10 years
ago and spent their time preening courtside at L.A. Lakers games and
basking in their own fame.
Born Tulsan, Annie Clark’s third record is alluring and fearless.
Indie Matt Carney
Right away, “Chloe in the Afternoon,” the first track on St. Vincent’s
new album, distinguishes itself as superior to both the band’s previous
LPs, 2007’s “Marry Me” and 2009’s “Actor.”
Thank goodness these songs ‘Saw the Light’ of day.
Country Matt Carney
As if the man born Hiram King Williams’ influence on country music (and
all subsequently affected genres, particularly rock ’n’ roll) wasn’t
already completely obvious and seminal, the long-dead crooner had to go
and scribble a bunch more terrific songs about heartbreak and loneliness
into his diary, just to remind us of his ownership of the subject
matter even generations after he died.
Don’t be sad, indie kids: Los Campesinos! will cheer you up with their most dramatic, mature album yet.
Indie Matt Carney
While their fourth LP in as many years doesn’t peak quite as high as
their 2008 debut, “Hold On Now, Youngster ...” (which was hallmarked by
an absolute crusher of an indie-pop single in “You! Me! Dancing!”), Los
Campesinos! have crafted another terrific record in “Hello Sadness,” a
compelling, aggressive, twee listen.