Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Talent's Catch Up: January-July 2014

Just because I haven't been posting much on here doesn't mean I haven't been keeping up to date with this years notable releases. Here is my catch up for records that were released from January to July of this year.

Baths - Ocean Death EP (May 6th):
The amazing production and dark 
lyrics make for yet another great
piece of work from Will Wiesenfeld.

The Black Keys - Turn Blue (May 12th):
Probably the most personal album the
band has written. Documenting the
emotions of Dan Auerbach in the wake
of his divorce, Turn Blue shows a new
side of the Keys.

Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You
Tomorrow (Feb. 3rd):
Bombay Bicycle Club just continues to get
better and better with each album. With
even better production and, somehow, more
lyrical depth, So Long, See You Tomorrow
becomes their best effort yet.

Tokyo Police Club - Forcefield (March 24th):
One of the catchiest albums of the year. Tokyo
Police Club continue to shake things up with
each new record they put out.

Black Lips - Underneath The Rainbow
(March 17th):
Just as crazy, sloppy and drugged up as all of
their other records. What is there not to love
about that?

Broken Bells - After The Disco (Jan. 31st):
James Murphy and Danger Mouse's follow
up to their self titled debut trumps it's
predecessor in just about every way.

Chromeo - White Women (May 12th):
The grooviest record of 2014, with out
a doubt. White Women is the perfect
example of why more people should be
talking about Chromeo.

Coldplay - Ghost Stories (May 16th):
With the exception of Magic and Midnight,
the entire record is bland, boring, and just flat
out disappointing. Chris Martin clearly needs
to learn a lesson in subtlety.

Foster The People - Supermodel (March 14th):
Mark Foster certainly is making an effort at expanding
his lyrical depth and storytelling on Supermodel,
but leaves out much of what made 2011's Torches so

Pharrell - Girl (March 3rd):
Consistently enjoyable, and c'mon guys, Happy 
is pretty fuckin' catchy.

Real Estate - Atlas (March 4th):
Real Estate never fails to bring the mellow, surf
vibes that we've come to love, Atlas not only gives
us that but also incredible, heartbreaking lyrics like
we've never heard from the band before.

St. Vincent - St. Vincent (Feb. 24th):
From start to finish, this album kicks so much ass.
I really want to make this review sound more
sophisticated, but, DAMN! The diversity on this record
is a thing of beauty. Just, GOD DAMN. Annie Clark
just gets it.

Tune-Yards - Nikki Nack (May 6th):
Merrill Garbus is doing things that everyone else in
the music industry can only dream of doing. Nikki
Nack's production is flawless, the lyrics are
mind-bending, and Merrill's vocals are as jaw dropping
as ever. A two pound chicken tastes better with friends,
kids. Don't you ever forget that.

Wolfmother - New Crown (March 23rd):
Wolfmother's out of left field comeback album lacked
just about everything that was exciting about their first
two LP's.

Young The Giant - Mind Over Matter (Jan. 21st):
A very powerful and impressive sophomore effort
from the California rockers.

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days (April 1st):
Mac's laid back sound takes a more serious
and mature turn as he focuses more on life
and morality.

The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
(March 18th):
One of the most beautiful and intimate records
of the year. Lost In The Dream features some
of the most personal and beautiful lyrics from
front man Adam Granduciel.

Sun Kil Moon - Benji (Feb. 11th):
Track number seven I Love My Dad presents
the simple concept of the narrators love for his
father, but it goes so much further than that with
six full minutes of stories and memories. Much
like the rest of the album, it is full of fantastic
stories pieced perfectly into the magnificent

Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron (Feb 25th):
Black Hippie's Schoolboy Q delivers another
solid record.

Kid Cudi - Satellite Flight: The Journey To
Mother Moon (Feb 25th):
Some of the best production I've ever heard
on a rap/hip-hop record. Cudi bounces back
nicely from last year disappointing Indicud.

Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband (May 9th): 
Nabuma features several good tracks, but as a
whole, the album isn't overly impressive.

Owen Pallet - In Conflict (May 27th):
A very intimate and unique album from a widely
respected singer/songwriter.

Jack White - Lazaretto (June 10th):
What I like most about Jack White is that he
consistently changes up his sound. It's difficult to
pin point his exact style, but on Lazaretto that's not
the case. He doesn't seem to be trying anything new.
He almost seems bored.

Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
(Feb. 17th):
Angel Olsen is probably the most interesting singer/
songwriter out here right now. Her ominous lyrics and
lo-fi/dark/folk sound compliment each other

How To Dress Well - What Is This Heart? (June 24th):
Tom Krell's beautiful vocals paired with some
wonderful musical arrangements make What Is This
Heart? his best record to date.

Kitten - Kitten (June 24th):
It's loud, it's energetic, but frankly it's not very
interesting. Kitten has so much potential, and that is
evident on this record, she just seems to consistently
fall short.

Drowners - Drowners (Jan. 28th):
A record full of tracks that end before they've had
the chance to really accomplish anything.

Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (May 26th):
Lyrically, he's no James Mercer or Ezra Koenig,
but, damn it, does he have a great voice. Smith's
vocals and the solid production come together for
a sadly short, but enjoyable record.

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