Album Of The Week

Album Of The Week: Beyoncé Lemonade

When Malcolm X's voice shows up midway through the short-film version of Beyoncé's Lemonade, its inclusion says a lot. Beyoncé samples a 1962 Malcolm speech,…
Tom Breihan | April 26, 2016 - 11:13 am

Album Of The Week: Wire Nocturnal Koreans

My favorite Wire story is this: In 1987, 10 years into their existence, the British postpunkers were getting ready to tour America for the first…
Tom Breihan | April 19, 2016 - 10:22 am

Album Of The Week: Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

It must be a big responsibility, having a voice like the one Sturgill Simpson has. It has to be something like having superhuman strength or…
Tom Breihan | April 12, 2016 - 10:16 am

Album Of The Week: Parquet Courts Human Performance

Parquet Courts are a band of sloppily-dressed white dudes who play pointed, angular guitar rock and whose sung-spoken lyrics are written from a wry, erudite,…
Tom Breihan | April 5, 2016 - 9:24 am

Album Of The Week: Black Mountain IV

Black Mountain aren't an especially original band. In their bleary burn, you can hear bits and pieces of Black Sabbath, of Spacemen 3, of Royal…
Tom Breihan | March 29, 2016 - 11:48 am

Album Of The Week: Cobalt Slow Forever

You know that feeling where you're absolutely pissed off and you're enjoying it way too much? It's a toxic feeling, all that roiling wrath turning…
Tom Breihan | March 22, 2016 - 11:10 am

Album Of The Week: Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression

In Danny Boyle's Trainspotting, the movie that introduced Iggy Pop to '90s kids like me, there's a scene where Renton and Sick Boy are splayed…
Tom Breihan | March 15, 2016 - 8:58 am

Album Of The Week: 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne ColleGrove

One night late in 2007, I went to see Jay-Z at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, a small-venue show that was part of the American Gangster
Tom Breihan | March 8, 2016 - 11:30 am

Album Of The Week: Big Ups Before A Million Universes

The moment when a great post-hardcore song lurches into high gear is one of the greatest, most exciting moments that music can give us. Think…
Tom Breihan | March 1, 2016 - 9:11 am

Album Of The Week: The 1975 I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

At various points in the 1980s, you could not be a serious music fan and publicly acknowledge your enjoyment of Duran Duran or INXS or…
Tom Breihan | February 23, 2016 - 10:23 am

Album Of The Week: AMTHST Euphoria

This week, Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo is obviously the album sucking up all the oxygen in the room, and deservedly so. Even beyond…
Tom Breihan | February 16, 2016 - 11:24 am

Album Of The Week: Young Thug I’m Up

I hate having to choose between Young Thug and Future. For one thing, they're both truly great -- bugged-out Atlanta rap rebels who have been…
Tom Breihan | February 9, 2016 - 1:28 pm

Album Of The Week: KING We Are KING

How many groups arrive fully-formed, with a sound that belongs entirely to them and nobody else? It's a rare thing. And that's what made KING,…
Tom Breihan | February 2, 2016 - 10:14 am

Album Of The Week: Nef The Pharaoh Neffy Got Wings

Energy in music is a funny thing. It's easy to hear, but it's tough to define or quantify. People try to fake or manufacture it…
Tom Breihan | January 26, 2016 - 10:28 am

Album Of The Week: Savages Adore Life

Silence Yourself must've been a hard act to follow. It's not just that Savages' 2013 was a great album, though it absolutely was. It's that…
Tom Breihan | January 19, 2016 - 12:27 pm

Album Of The Week: Bloodiest Bloodiest

Chicago is one of America's great cities, but in terms of its various interlocking music scenes, it operates more like a small town. The different…
Tom Breihan | January 12, 2016 - 3:01 pm

Album Of The Week: David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)

"The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock and roll." That's how Tony Visconti, David Bowie's longtime producer, describes the thought process behind…
Tom Breihan | January 5, 2016 - 12:15 pm

Album Of The Week: Pusha T Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

Donald Trump can't be bought. Among people who honestly thing Donald Trump should be our next president, that point comes up over and over. He's…
Tom Breihan | December 15, 2015 - 10:36 am

Album Of The Week: Jeremih Late Nights: The Album

About three quarters of the way through Late Nights, Jeremih's long-awaited, appearing-out-of-nowhere new album, you might catch a sudden wave of deja vu. You might…
Tom Breihan | December 8, 2015 - 10:30 am

Album Of The Week: Erykah Badu But You Caint Use My Phone

Two of the biggest songs of the last few months -- Adele's "Hello" and Drake's "Hotline Bling" -- are about, among other things, calling people…
Tom Breihan | December 1, 2015 - 12:18 pm
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