Critical Voices: Dr. Dog, Shame, Shame
Dr. Dog makes some of the most inoffensive music around—straight-up rock ‘n roll that echoes every classic rock reference you want to throw out there—but the Philadelphia band tends to be pretty polarizing.
Critical Voices: Jónsi, Go
Sigur Ros’s Jónsi Þór Birgisson, a fairy-like, grandeur-loving vocalist with a keen sense of drama, teamed up with his boyfriend Alex last year to release an ambient album called Riceboy Sleeps.
Critical Voices: Fang Island, Fang Island
According to Jason Bartell, one of Brooklyn-based Fang Island’s guitarists, the group’s goal is to “make music for people who like music.”
Critical Voices: Joanna Newsom, Have One on Me
Joanna Newsom’s 2006 album, Ys, is one of my favorite releases of all-time.
Critical Voices: Hot Chip, One Life Stand
Hot Chip, a five-piece electronic outfit from London, has put out three middling albums with monster singles tucked neatly away inside each one.
Critical Voices: Beach House, Teen Dreams
Following the release of Beach House’s second album, Devotion, in 2006, lead singer Victoria Legrand retreated
Critical Voices: Vampire Weekend, Contra
Vampire Weekend came out of nowhere in 2008, writing songs about the Oxford comma, ripping stylistic quirks from Paul Simon, and generating not only an astounding amount of hype, but also haters who found them too uninspiring...
Critical Voices: Wale – Attention Deficit
Wale almost came to campus two years ago to play a show in Red Square for $5,000. Now, he’s touring with Jay-Z and N.E.R.D, teaming with Lady Gaga for overseas... Read more
Critical Voices: Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
Jay-Z has an unfortunate habit of releasing half-assed, guest-filled victory laps following great albums. After The Blueprint came its overlong, overreaching sequel. After The Black Album came Kingdom Come, often... Read more
Critical Voices: Peter, Bjorn, & John Con
Peter Bjorn & John’s Writer’s Block is one of my favorite albums of the decade, so naturally I found myself counting down the days until Living Thing leaked. Sure, the instrumental stopgap Seaside... Read more