two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in september

Two sentence reviews of new albums I listened to in August. Boom! The Horrible Crowes — Elsie: Brian Fallon is one of those musicians who I struggle to find fault with, primarily because his songwriting is so strong; he’s one of the best songwriters working today. This is the debut album from his acoustic-y, Rolling…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in august

Two sentence reviews, August, mix of local and non, etc etc etc: The Light Pines — Into the Night: I’m not sure why Chapel Hill indie rockers the Light Pines are giving away their brand new 20 track album — of trippy electronic indie rock and distorted vocals and fucking amazing drumming — for free…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in july

Brother of Pearl — Draggin’ Around: kind of like if a pop punk band listened to a lot of George Strait when they were growing up in Texas; this is a technically strong album, but the songwriting never blew me away. If you like your country a little more mainstream, this would be right up…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in june

Two sentence reviews of new albums I listened to in June, now 100% more Pam-approved. Okkervil River — I Am Very Far: plenty of people who have never compared bands to salad dressing have already written about this album, but you guys know me, I’ve got to get my 15 cents in, and Okkervil is…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in may

Two sentence reviews of reasonably new albums I listened to in May. Where by “two sentences” I mean “about five sentences, probably strung together into a single sentence with semi-colons”. Frank Turner — England Take My Bones Pre-Order EP: Dear Frank, I know you were probably sad that this leaked to the internets so early, but…

two sentence reviews of reasonably new albums i listened to in may, local edition

Short but sweet: three not-entirely-recent local releases I dug on in the last few weeks. All highly recommended. Mount Moriah — self-titled: staggeringly lovely, painfully intimate, gorgeously detailed, and absolutely heartbreaking. The most straight-up beautiful album released in North Carolina so far this year. Mandolin Orange — Quiet Little Room: I’ve seen Mandolin Orange a…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in april

Two sentence reviews of reasonably new albums I listened to in April. Short this month, because I had a ton of shows and very little new music input, plus I wrote a bunch of longer reviews, but you get what you pay for, so: Hammer No More The Fingers — Black Shark: among the best,…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in march

The Low Anthem — Smart Flesh: there was no way that this year’s follow-up to 2009’s stunning Oh My God, Charlie Darwin was going to be anything less than incredible, but Smart Flesh manages to be even more painfully honest and heartbreaking, more complex and intricate musically, and intimate and quiet and huge, than both…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in february

First, unrelated: couple of weeks ago I shot an interview with Oberhofer for Speakers In Code; it’s up now, and you can read it and see my photos here. And now: two sentence reviews of new albums I listened to in February (and a few in January that missed the cut-off for that edition, but…