The album is not so much a step forward as a distillation of what The War on Drugs has always done well.
Leon Bridges is the master of soft sensual tones, particularly when he intermingles the romantic and the steamy.
Chronicling Stankonia is an engaging read, one that adroitly balances rigorous academic research with a deeply personal narrative about Black life and art in the post-Civil Rights Era in the South.
Few bands have shown themselves to be as infectious about their art — and for so long.
On Welfare Jazz, Viagra Boys succeed through their skillful manipulation of pure bombast, spurred on by haywire grooves as well as plenty of oversized personality.
Occasional slip-ups shouldn’t obscure appreciation of Kid Cudi’s fantastic vocal performance.
Jean Dawson’s Pixel Bath is one of the most exciting releases I’ve heard this year.
Song Machine rejuvenates the band’s core identity; it is the best music Gorillaz has made in a decade.
For Fleet Foxes, Shore is impressively consistent. Each track presents a meticulously detailed soundscapes deepened by Robin Pecknold’s varied meditative perspectives.
A.G. Cook’s undeniable talent shines through in spots, but the record suggests that the celebrated producer has a ways to go before stepping into his own as a solo artist.