Tag Archives: Album

Album Review: Carrie Underwood Balances Comfort and Risk-Taking on Cry Pretty

The Lowdown: With apologies to Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood is the only female superstar in country music today. There are some might-have-beens. Taylor Swift changed lanes. The Dixie Chicks went up in a patriotic bonfire. The generation of Reba, Faith, and Shania Twain are enjoying various degrees of retirement. In 2016, the percentage of purely

Album Review: Aphex Twin Simmers and Boils on the Remarkable Collapse EP

The Lowdown: The latest release from the reclusive and prolific Aphex Twin finds the producer moving away from the more straightforward approach he has been dabbling in on recent work, turning up the heat on his slippery, electronic anthems, bringing them from a simmer to a rolling boil. The Good: The music on Collapse takes

Album Review: Pig Destroyer’s Sonic Evolution Continues on Head Cage

The Lowdown: After a six-year gap between albums, Pig Destroyer’s sixth disc, Head Cage, acts not just as a followup to their previous LP, Book Burner, but also to all the various experiments guitarist Scott Hull has undertaken between then and now, both in Pig Destroyer and his other grind band Agoraphobic Nosebleed. With the

Lenny Kravitz Talks New Album Raise Vibration and Michael Jackson’s Guest Appearance

Listen and subscribe via iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | YouTube | RSS Lenny Kravitz, a singer and spiritual force of nature, talks with Kyle Meredith about his new album, Raise Vibration, and the value of music in political turmoil. Kravitz also speaks on his mother’s death and the song “Johnny Cash”, which was inspired by the Cash family’s support of him through

Paul McCartney, 'Egypt Station': Album Review

No matter how hard aging artists try, there’s no turning back time. Or stopping it, for that matter. But that hasn’t deterred countless rock legends over the past two decades from trying to reclaim the victories of their youths on works that range from admirably noble to downright embarrassing. In the five years since Paul McCartney’s

Album Review: Troye Sivan Oozes a Breathy Charm Across the Dreamy and Sexy Bloom

The Lowdown: Troye Sivan built an Internet following on the strength of a charming video blog, but don’t let the YouTube creds put you off. His debut album, 2015’s Blue Neighborhood, would have been buzzworthy even if Sivan hadn’t brought his own buzz. With dreamy synthscapes, personal writing, and help from some talented writer-producers, Blue

Troye Sivan reveals new album, Bloom: Stream

Australian pop prodigy and YouTube personality Troye Sivan has released his new album, Bloom. Stream it in full below via Apple Music or Spotify. Due out through Capitol Records, Bloom marks the 23-year-old artist’s sophomore LP following 2015’s Blue Neighbourhood. It spans a total of 10 tracks, most of which were produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Carly Rae