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Critical Voices: Ariel Pink, <i>Pom Pom</i>

Critical Voices: Ariel Pink, Pom Pom

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11/19/2014

When he’s not embroiled in social media beef with fellow artists—“mermaid,” “delusional misogyny,” and “stupid and retarded” were among the jabs traded on Twitter—Ariel Pink produces an eclectic assortment of lo-fi, psychedelic rock music complete with his characteristic eyebrow-perking lyrics. Pink’s latest release, Pom Pom, marks his first work without his supporting band, Ariel Pink’s…

Critical Voices: Damien Rice, <i>My Favorite Faded Fantasy</i>

Critical Voices: Damien Rice, My Favorite Faded Fantasy

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11/12/2014

“I have an allergic reaction to expectations,” said Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, in a video for the music blog The Line of Best Fit.  After quietly fading out of the public eye nearly seven years ago, Rice returns with his new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy.  For Rice, the making of music is honest, and…

Critical Voices: Les Sins, <i>Michael</i>

Critical Voices: Les Sins, Michael

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11/05/2014

In his debut album, Michael, Les Sins—also known as Toro y Moi—shifts his focus as an artist in the chillwave movement by instead exploring contemporary dance music. With a distinctive sound and talent for unusual mixes, Les Sins combines beats reminiscent of funk, house, and jazz in one amazing record, creating an unexpected and enjoyable…

Critical Voices: Taylor Swift, <i>1989</i>

Critical Voices: Taylor Swift, 1989

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10/29/2014

1989 is not so much a Taylor Swift album as it is a radio-ready electro-pop album that happens to feature Taylor Swift. If the album does have a redeeming feature, it is the luscious production provided by Max Martin and Shellback, both industry renowned songwriters and producers, and occasional production input from fun. guitarist Jack…

Critical Voices: Cold War Kids, <i>Hold My Home</i>

Critical Voices: Cold War Kids, Hold My Home

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10/22/2014

I would have said that Cold War Kids did a fantastic and appropriate job of promoting their new album, Hold My Home, if its content wasn’t so dull. The singles are catchy, the pre-release interviews are exciting, and the teaser music video for “All This Could Be Yours” is downright sexy. Unfortunately, Cold War Kids…

Critical Voices: OK Go, <i>Hungry Ghosts</i>

Critical Voices: OK Go, Hungry Ghosts

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10/16/2014

Almost a decade after OK Go’s chart-topping “Here We Go Again,” the indie-rock treadmill choreographers take another go with Hungry Ghosts. Though the band initially appears to trade in its prominent riffs for dance-worthy synth beats, we eventually discover the same old OK Go energy and inventiveness complete with a new set of viral music…

Critical Voices: SBTRKT, <i>Wonder Where We Land</i>

Critical Voices: SBTRKT, Wonder Where We Land

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10/09/2014

SBTRKT’s new album, Wonder Where We Land, glides us through magnificent atmospheres of edgy textures and abstract synths, but, in the end, misses its landing. Straying from his groovy EDM roots, Aaron Jerome (a.k.a. SBTRKT) takes a step away from the mainstream with the experimental Wonder Where We Land. An album that begs to be…

Critical Voices: JEFF the Brotherhood, <i>Dig the Classics</i>

Critical Voices: JEFF the Brotherhood, Dig the Classics

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10/02/2014

JEFF the Brotherhood’s garage rock siblings, Jake and Jamin Orrall, with all their tattered-denim, hillbilly sex appeal and carefree demeanor, hold a special place at the top of my fangirl list. After many years of devotion to this Nashville, Tenn. duo, I am still infatuated with JTB’s simplistic, three-string guitar quintessential rock and roll.  Now,…

Critical Voices: alt-J, <i>This Is All Yours</i>

Critical Voices: alt-J, This Is All Yours

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09/25/2014

Alt-J’s new album, This Is All Yours, is like cappuccino-flavored potato chips: mystifying and unconventional, yet also a joyride for the senses. Building upon their hit debut album An Awesome Wave, alt-J undeniably confirmed its broad repertoire and eclectic influences loudly and clearly, just like their smooth, abstract lyrics.  A softer and more intricate mix…

Critical Voices: Lia Ices, <i>Ices</i>

Critical Voices: Lia Ices, Ices

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09/18/2014

There is a time and a place for extravagance, and Lia Ices’ third full-length release, Ices, is undoubtedly such an occasion. Unapologetically eponymous, this album is exorbitantly rich with an upbeat grooviness, begging you to bop along.  Ices’ songs layer and build instrumentals to the point of oversaturation. Sometimes, the clutter is too much: one…

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