Album Of The Week

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


I don't have a lot of use for PC Music. The shadowy UK collective, which has built an aesthetic on bright plastic pop-music collisions, is…
Tom Breihan | November 24, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Album Of The Week: Freddie Gibbs Shadow Of A Doubt

A quick note: I haven't heard Adele's 25 yet. Nobody has. I bet it's good, though! There is a phenomenon, discussed in certain…
Tom Breihan | November 17, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Album Of The Week: Eric Church Mr. Misunderstood

We are now a few years deep into the age of the surprise album-release, but those releases usually look more like gleaming corporate machinery rumbling…
Tom Breihan | November 10, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Album Of The Week: Young Thug Slime Season 2

On "Phoenix," the eighth song on the new Young Thug mixtape Slime Season 2, Thug is talking to a woman, and he tells her this:…
Tom Breihan | November 3, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Album Of The Week: Beach Slang The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

Halfway through Beach Slang's debut album, on a song called "I Break Guitars," frontman James Alex asks a rhetorical question: "If rock and roll is…
Tom Breihan | October 27, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Album Of The Week: Julien Baker Sprained Ankle

In the single most quotable moment of her debut album Sprained Ankle, the 19-year-old Tennessee singer-songwriter Julien Baker plaintively and matter-of-factly mutter-coos, "Wish I could…
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Album Of The Week: Majical Cloudz Are You Alone?

There is nothing in the world like a great fall album. The fall album is a hard thing to define or quantify. You can mostly…
Tom Breihan | October 13, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Album Of The Week: Kelela Hallucinogen

One of the albums that was on a tiny shortlist for Album Of The Week last week was Unbreakable, the first new Janet Jackson album…
Tom Breihan | October 6, 2015 - 12:03 pm

Album Of The Week: Autre Ne Veut Age Of Transparency

Everyone who talks about Arthur Ashin's music talks about it in R&B terms, but it's increasingly apparent that Ashin is not an R&B singer, that…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2015 - 2:46 pm

Album Of The Week: Chvrches Every Open Eye

"Clearest Blue," the best song on Chvrches' ridiculously good sophomore album Every Open Eye, doesn't have the structure of a standard pop song. There's no…
Tom Breihan | September 22, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Album Of The Week: Ought Sun Coming Down

There's an overwhelming, all-pervading anxiety to Ought, the young Montreal band, that goes beyond the band's actual music. This is a band born of anxiety.
Tom Breihan | September 15, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Album Of The Week: Empress Of Me

If you never heard Paper Television, the 2007 album from the Portland duo the Blow, you missed something small but special. Back before he devoted…
Tom Breihan | September 8, 2015 - 9:16 am
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