Sophisticated

Shadows in the Night
Vulnicura
Blue Lines
Urban Hymns
Benji
9.5 Amazing
Nocturnal

Album Reviews | Yuna – Nocturnal (2013)

With apologies to New Zealand teen sensation Lorde, who took the world by storm this past fall with her smash single “Royals,” Yuna is the burgeoning pop star from the opposite side of the...

8.5 Great
Days Are Gone

Album Reviews | HAIM – Days Are Gone (2013)

Something exciting is happening in popular music right now that we haven’t seen in decades: the line between pop and rock is blurring again. In the ’60s, pop and rock were inextricably lin...

9.5 Amazing
Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs

Album Reviews | Elvis Costello and The Roots – Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs (2013)

This album is so cool. In fact, everything about it is cool. Who could have imagined Elvis Costello, who basically is the definition of hip, playing with hip-hop group the Roots? Unlike other mash-ups...

9 Amazing
Bankrupt!

Album Reviews | Phoenix – Bankrupt! (2013)

I feel pretty terrible about not liking Phoenix for the last few years, when the only thing they did to wrong me was license their song “1901” from 2009‘s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix to...

9.5 Amazing
Welcome Oblivion

Album Reviews | How to Destroy Angels – Welcome Oblivion (2013)

Trent Reznor really is one of the greatest artists of his generation. He has done a lot more to shape the sound of ’90s rock than most people realize and is unique in the way he uses the act Nin...

9 Amazing
Kind Of Blue

Album Reviews | #4: Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (1959)

It’s not a stretch to say that Kind of Blue rivals the 1941 film Citizen Kane as the greatest American work of art produced in the entire 20th century. It probes the depths of consciousness and ...

Born To Run

Favorite Albums | #5: Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (1975)

I can still remember the moment Born to Run blew me away. It was the summer of 2004, and it was the night before the first day of my junior year of high school. I was busy studying for a history test ...

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