Album Reviews

Ratings scale:

***** – An all-time classic album (highly recommended)
**** – Great album (recommended)
*** – Solid album (consider buying or streaming/downloading top tracks)
** – Weak album (only consider streaming/downloading top tracks)
* – Poor album (not recommended)


Adele – 30
Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Algiers – The Underside of Power
Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela – Rejoice
Aphex Twin – Collapse
Ólafur Arnalds – re:member
Austra – Future Politics
The Avalanches – Wild Flowers
The Avalanches – We Will Always Love You


Alice Bag – Blueprint
The Ballroom Thieves – Unlovely
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time
The Barr Brothers – Queens of the Breakers
The Beatles – The Beatles “White Album” Super Deluxe Edition
Beck – Colors
Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center
Björk – Utopia
black midi – Cavalcade
James Blake – The Colour in Anything
Blitzen Trapper – Wild and Reckless
Blitzen Trapper – Holy Smokes Future Jokes
Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
Blood Orange – Negro Swan
Bonobo – Migration
boygenius – boygenius
The Breeders – All Nerve
Molly Burch – Please Be Mine


Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us
Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
Carolina Story – Dandelion
Neko Case – Hell-On
Charly Bliss – Guppy
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love
Clap! Clap! – A Thousand Skies
clipping. – Splendor & Money
clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood
Gabriella Cohen – Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Cold Beat – A Simple Reflection


The Decemberists – I’ll Be Your Girl
Deer Scout – Woodpecker
Kris Delmhorst – The Wild
Kris Delmhorst – Long Day in the Milky Way
Django Django – Marble Skies
Downtown Boys – Cost of Living
Jeremy Dutcher – Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa


Editrix – Tell Me I’m Bad
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
Eels – The Deconstruction


The Feelies – In Between
Fever Ray – Plunge
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words
Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody
Flaming Lips – American Head
Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
Fleet Foxes – Shore
Floating Points – Crush
Flume – Skin
First Aid Kit – Ruins
Frankie Cosmos – Vessel
Frankie Cosmos – Close it Quietly
Future Islands – The Far Field


Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
Asher Gamedze – Dialectic Soul
Rhiannon Giddens – there is no Other – ***1/2
Rhiannon Giddens – They’re Calling Me Home
The Go! Team – Get Up Sequences Part One
Gorrillaz – Humans
Gorrillaz – The Now Now
John Grant – Love is Magic


The Halluci Nation – One More Saturday Night
Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
Jenny Hval – Classic Objects
Hatchie – Sugar & Spice
Hatchie – Keepsake
Lonnie Holley – National Freedom
Bruce Hornsby – Absolute Zero


Ibibio Sound Machine – Electricity
IKOQWE – The Beginning, the Medium, the End and the Infinite
illuminati hotties – Kiss Yr Frenemies
illuminati hotties – FREE I.H: This Is Not The One You’ve Been Waiting For
illuminati hotties – Let Me Do One More
Interpol – Marauder


Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman
Valerie June – The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers


Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – Gnomes & Badgers
Angélique Kidjo – Remain in Light
Kokoko! – Fongola


Lady Pills – What I Want
Alex Lahey – The Best of Luck Club
Cate le Bon – Reward
Jenny Lewis – On the Line
Lula Wiles – What Will We Do
Leikeli47 – Acrylic
The Linda Lindas – Growing Up
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
Lower Dens – The Competition
Lykke Li – so sad so sexy


Madlib – Sound Ancestors
The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir
Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime
La Mecánica Popular – Roza Cruz
Mekons – Deserted
Milk Carton Kids – All the Things that I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do
Mitski – Be the Cowboy
Mitski – Laurel Hell
MGMT – Little Dark Age
Moby and The Void Pacific Choir – These Systems Are Failing
Tony Molina – Kill the Lights
Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer
Moon Hooch – Red Sky
Mourn – Self-Worth
Mourning [A] BLKstar – The Cycle
Muddy Magnolias – Broken People
Peter Mulvey – Are You Listening
Peter Mulvey – There is Another World


Willie Nelson – Last Man Standing
Willie Nelson – My Way
The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
The New Pornographers – In the Morse Code of Brake Lights


Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass
Aoife O’Donovan –Age of Apathy
Orquesta Akokán Orquesta Akokán
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Kelly Lee OWens – Inner Song


Palberta – Palberta5000
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!
Parliament – Medicaid Fraud Dogg
Peel Dream Magazine – Agitprop Alterna
Petrol Girls – Cut & Stitch
Natalie Prass – The Future and the Past
Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
Priests – The Seduction of Kansas
Prince – Piano and a Microphone, 1983
Prince – Originals
Prince – Welcome 2 America
Prophets of Rage 


Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Really From
Revels – The Christmas Revels: Celebrating 50 Years!
Freya Ridings
Olivia Rodrigo – Sour
Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome
Jeff Rosenstock – POST-
Rostam – Half-Light
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
Run the Jewels – RTJ4


St. Vincent – MassEducation
John K. Samson – Winter Wheat
Oumou Sangaré – Timbuktu
Sault – Untitled (Black Is)
Sault – Untitled (Rise)
Sault – Air
Alexandra Savior – Belladonna of Sadness
Colin Self – Siblings
Shamir – Revelations
Shamir – Heterosexuality
The Shins – Heartworm
Sir Babygirl – Crush on Me
Kaithlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
Snail Mail – Valentine
Rejjie Snow – Dear Annie
Eliza Soares – A Mulher do Fim do Mundo (The Woman at the End of the World)
Soccer Mommy – Clean
Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems
The Specials – Encore
Spillage Village – Spilligion
Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars
Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black
The Staves – Good Woman
STL GLD – The New Normal


Tancred – Nightstand
Tanya Taqaq – Retribution
Tanya Taqaq – Tongues
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Temple
They Might Be Giants – I Like Fun
Tinariwen – Elwan
Tourist – U
Tracyanne & Danny – Tracyanne & Danny
A Tribe Called Red – We Are the Halluci Nation
tUnE-YaRdS – i can feel you creep into my private life


Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
Various Artists – Summer of Soul soundtrack
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
Visible Cloaks – Reassemblage


Warpaint – Heads Up
Kamasi Washington- Heaven and Earth
Water From Your Eyes – Structure
Wednesday – Twin Plagues


The xx – I See You


Yard Act – The Overload
Yo La Tengo – There’s a Riot Going On
Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
Yumi Zouma – Present Tense


Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit