Album Of The Week

Album Of The Week: Pile You’re Better Than This

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 3, 2015 - 2:46 pm

Tom is off Album Of The Week duty today, so I’ve stepped in to tell you about Pile’s new LP. Observers of the insular New England music scene have always referenced Pile as its backbone; they’re the footnote at the bottom of a Speedy Ortiz track write-up, the namesake of Krill’s 2014 slipshod concept EP… More »

Album Of The Week: Screaming Females Rose Mountain

By Tom Breihan / February 24, 2015 - 4:15 pm

This column can be hard to write when I’m not in love with any album that comes out during a particular week. But it’s a whole lot harder when I’m in love with way too many albums. This was one of those weeks. This is kind of a good problem to have, but there i… More »

Album Of The Week: Mourn Mourn

By Tom Breihan / February 17, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Even at her most feral and vengeful, PJ Harvey was never a punk. 1993’s Rid Of Me, which Harvey recorded with Steve Albini, is about as close as she ever came. As a punk record, Rid Of Me works beautifully; it’s stark and loud and intense and confrontational. But even there, Harvey is a time-traveling… More »

Album Of The Week: Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear

By Tom Breihan / February 10, 2015 - 12:37 pm

Father John Misty left a successful band and invented a whole new persona just so he could get away from the idea of cliche. And then he fell in love, the biggest cliche of all. FJM is, of course, Josh Tillman, a young man who escaped a fundamentalist Christian upbringing in suburban Maryland to spend… More »

Album Of The Week: John Carpenter Lost Themes

By Tom Breihan / February 3, 2015 - 1:09 pm

There are plenty of reasons the horror and sci-fi and action movies of the late-’70s and ’80s have aged so well. There was the self-conscious and shameless cheapness of it all: These were movies designed to entertain fucked-up teenagers, and they prized jolts and cheap thrills and general viciousness. But there was also the ’60s-hangover… More »

Album Of The Week: Natalie Prass Natalie Prass

By Tom Breihan / January 27, 2015 - 2:17 pm

First things first: All hail Björk’s Vulnicura. It’s the best album that’s come out in the past week, but you already knew that, and we already wrote about it. So, as usual, let’s use this space to dig a little deeper.

This week was a two-horse race, and it was close. There were… More »

Album Of The Week: Viet Cong Viet Cong

By Tom Breihan / January 20, 2015 - 12:19 pm

First, a note: The week’s real best album is Sleater-Kinney’s triumphant comeback No Cities To Love. It’s also the best album of the month. It could quite well end up being the best album of the year. It’s fucking incredible. But we’ve already reviewed the album, in Premature Evaluation form. So we’re using this space,… More »

Album Of The Week: Mark Ronson Uptown Special

By Tom Breihan / January 13, 2015 - 1:52 pm

There are very few pop stars with backstories as epic and strange as that of Mark Ronson. Where do you start with this guy? Son of a real estate mogul. Stepson of the guitarist from Foreigner. Brother of Samantha Ronson, the DJ who famously dated Lindsay Lohan when she was in her extreme tabloid-bait phase. More »

Album Of The Week: Rae Sremmurd SremmLife

By Tom Breihan / January 6, 2015 - 10:27 am

Nothing happens in early January. It’s sad, but it’s true. In movies, January is where the big Hollywood studios throw every movie that apparently didn’t deserve a release date during the rest of the year. And in music, major and indie labels alike take a couple of weeks to shake off their holiday slumber, perha… More »

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.

Here… More »

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 »

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