Justin Vernon’s third Bon Iver album is a weird and wonderful thing
Sonic Youth : Murray Street
...pretty and rather ineffectual halfway-house of an album...
Ironically, far from being an aural endurance test, 'Murray Street', is a pretty and rather ineffectual halfway-house of an album, wherein some not-very-strong songs leave you gagging for more obtuse noise. Part gunmetal grey pop-song, part experimental odyssey, 'Karen' is one of four tracks that get the balance and definition right, but, overall, SY fail to get into their groove between twisted, brutalised melody and spastic six-string experimentalism.
With their bigger and better second album, London-based indie/dance band Boxed In have earned their breakout moment
Islamic mythology meets the horror of war in this claustrophobic, low-budget spine-tingler
California’s coolest lift their usual murk on a free-spirited, adventurous third album at odds with its ‘mature’ description
The New York new wave reprobates’ debut delivers instant gratification via boisterous choruses and loveable melodies