Album Of The Week

Album Of The Week: Charli XCX Sucker

By Tom Breihan / December 16, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Charli XCX is not going to be anyone’s fucking pop music bridesmaid anymore. It’s not happening. Forget it. Over the past two years, Charli has helped give global, career-defining hits to Icona Pop (“I Love It,” co-wrote it, guide vocals still very much audible on the final song) and Iggy Azalea (“Fancy,” wrote and sung… More »

Album Of The Week: Ghostface Killah 36 Seasons

By Tom Breihan / December 9, 2014 - 2:08 pm

The first time I interviewed Ghostface Killah, I waited four hours at the “Back Like That” video shoot for a 10-minute sit-down. This was mostly OK. I got to see the rap-promotions machine in action just before that machine rusted into dust. I got to see Ghostface and Ne-Yo standing on flowerpot risers on the… More »

Album Of The Week: Wu-Tang Clan A Better Tomorrow

By Tom Breihan / December 2, 2014 - 4:27 pm

The problem with the new Wu-Tang Clan album A Better Tomorrow is that it’s not the last Wu-Tang Clan album. The last time the whole group came together, it was on 2008’s 8 Diagrams, a messy psychedelic boom-bap splooge that fully indulged RZA’s wandering acid-samurai sensibility. It was glorious. More than The W or TheMore »

Album Of The Week: Primordial Where Greater Men Have Fallen

By Tom Breihan / November 25, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Underground metal doesn’t soar very often anymore. It churns and wriggles and spits and seethes, and it can be really great at all these things. If you’re in a bleak, heavy mood, something like Watain can line up perfectly with your mood. When you’re actively pissed off, it can be great, too; thanks to recent… More »

Album Of The Week: Chumped Teenage Retirement

By Tom Breihan / November 18, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Two things, before I get into this. First, TV On The Radio’s Seeds already got a Premature Evaluation, so it’s not eligible for Album Of The Week. But it’s a very good album, and you should listen to it. Second: I really hate Ariel Pink’s pom pom. I hate it so much.

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Album Of The Week: Cult Of Youth Final Days

By Tom Breihan / November 11, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Cult Of Youth fucked up when they released Love Will Prevail while it was still warm outside. The Brooklyn outfit dropped their sophomore album in early September 2012, and I have a vivid memory of attempting to process its grand, dark, propulsive songs while walking my dog through beautifully hazy late-summer heat. This was the… More »

Album Of The Week: Les Sins Michael

By Tom Breihan / November 4, 2014 - 4:20 pm

This week sees the release of two oblique, confounding albums, albums that toy with ideas of genre and song-form and vibe, albums I was excited to hear. I don’t really like either of them. Arca’s Xen has moments of dark, glinting electronic majesty. But the album is as interested in rupture as it is i… More »

Album Of The Week: Run The Jewels RTJ2

By Tom Breihan / October 28, 2014 - 5:09 pm

I don’t know how this is even possible, but Run The Jewels are getting better. They were already a mean motherfucking machine last year, when Killer Mike and El-P got together for their self-titled RTJ debut. These two guys, with vastly different backgrounds but similar mentalities and complementary visions, had somehow found each other. They’d… More »

Album Of The Week: Jessie Ware Tough Love

By Tom Breihan / October 21, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Jessie Ware is through being cool. “Say You Love Me,” the best song on her sophomore album Tough Love, has a gospel choir and an Ed Sheeran co-writing credit and a bridge that sounds like the song from Once that won the Oscar. It is a song that fully exists in Sam Smith territory. It’… More »

Album Of The Week: DJ Quik The Midnight Life

By Tom Breihan / October 14, 2014 - 4:46 pm

That Getter,” the first single from DJ Quik’s new album The Midnight Life, had one guest, and that guest’s name was David Blake. David Blake is Quik’s birth name, so I assumed this was Quik himself, rapping with a slightly different flow and doing a “T.I. Vs. T.I.P.” thing, expanding his persona some slight bit. More »

Album Of The Week: Tinashe Aquarius

By Tom Breihan / October 7, 2014 - 4:57 pm

There are so many good new albums coming out this week — from Ex Hex, from Steve Gunn, from Zola Jesus, from Vashti Bunyan — but this week still turned into a two-horse race between Tinashe’s Aquarius and Caribou’s Our Love, two exceptional pieces of work. The hardest thing about that decision: those two album… More »

Album Of The Week: Lydia Ainsworth Right From Real

By Tom Breihan / September 30, 2014 - 3:54 pm

The music isn’t the first thing you’ll notice about Lydia Ainsworth’s video for “Malachite,” one of the year’s best clips. Visually, the clip is a hypnotic nightmare, a cryptic tableau of street-dancers dressed like ghouls and moving like dream-logic wraiths. It’s shot in some nondescript warehouse space and made to look like a single shot,… More »

Album Of The Week: Perfume Genius Too Bright

By Tom Breihan / September 23, 2014 - 4:02 pm

This is one of those difficult weeks, one of those weeks when choosing one favorite album becomes a near-impossible task. It’s the week when Aphex Twin came back after a decade-plus absence with SYRO, a warm and welcoming but also complex and overwhelming piece of work. And even though I already wrote about SYRO, and… More »

Album Of The Week: The Juan Maclean In A Dream

By Tom Breihan / September 16, 2014 - 2:56 pm

On Twitter last week, the writer Rich Juzwiak posted this: “There is shit on the Juan MacLean album that sounds like soulful house if they removed the soul and left the corpse singing.” Rich meant that as a dismissal of the album, but it also gets at what I like about it. The new InMore »

Album Of The Week: Hiss Golden Messenger Lateness Of Dancers

By Tom Breihan / September 9, 2014 - 3:54 pm

If you’ve ever lived in a big city and then left for the boonies, a couple of things will never get old. One is the relative novelty of being able to look up and see stars — not just one or two of them, but a sea of them, entire constellations that you only recognize… More »

Album Of The Week: Yob Clearing The Path To Ascend

By Tom Breihan / September 2, 2014 - 4:10 pm

The TV miniseries Cosmos, both in its O.G. Carl Sagan form and its rebooted Neil DeGrasse Tyson iteration, works, if you want it to, as a smart science lesson for kids. It’s a lionization of the iconoclasts, throughout history, who helped us understand how the universe works, and an approachable science-fictony way to teach science… More »

Album Of The Week: Ty Segall Manipulator

By Tom Breihan / August 26, 2014 - 3:12 pm

This Album Of The Week column has been running for nearly three years now, so it’s something of a surprise that Ty Segall has only appeared in this space once before. (He won Album Of The Week honors for the Stoogesian slobberknocker Slaughterhouse, and I was on paternity leave that week, so I didn’t eve… More »

Album Of The Week: Pallbearer Foundations Of Burden

By Tom Breihan / August 19, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Pallbearer don’t sound like Black Sabbath. Or they do, sort of, but only to the extent that early Low sounds like a Phil Spector girl group, or that second-album Bon Iver sounds like Bruce Hornsby. The influence is there, clearly audible, underpinning everything Pallbearer do. But it’s all filtered through waves upon waves of oceanic… More »

Album Of The Week: FKA twigs LP1

By Tom Breihan / August 12, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Tahliah Barnett was a dancer before she was a singer, and that matters. Dancers learn ways to inhabit music differently, to physically respond to it, to internalize it and make it a part of their body chemistry. And Barnett was a serious dancer, one who went to school for it and who used to make… More »

Album Of The Week: Kix Rock Your Face Off

By Tom Breihan / August 5, 2014 - 4:18 pm

What was the best hair-metal band of the ’80s? Guns N’ Roses is the obvious answer, and Axl Rose did have some impressively big hair in the “Welcome To The Jungle” video, but that band (smartly) distanced themselves from their Sunset Strip peers as quickly as they possibly could, effectively and consciously transcending the genre… More »

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