Album Reviews

Man Plans God Laughs 8 Great

Album Reviews | Public Enemy – Man Plans God Laughs (2015)

28 years after the release of Public Enemy‘s 1987 debut album Yo! Bum Rush the Show on Def Jam, the seminal rap group releases Man Plan God Laughs via their own label, Enemy Records. Despite the...

The Blade 8 Great

Album Reviews | Ashley Monroe – The Blade (2015)

Ashley Monroe certainly had a banner year in 2013. In March, she released her long overdue debut LP Like a Rose, and in May the Pistol Annies — a trio consisting of Monroe, superstar Miranda Lam...

Currents 9.5 Amazing

Album Reviews | Tame Impala – Currents (2015)

Tame Impala received quite a bit of acclaim for their 2012 album Lonerism, picking up a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album and prominent placement near the very top of many criticsR...

Pageant Material

Album Reviews | Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (2015)

Kacey Musgraves is one of my favorite young talents to find success in recent years. I found her 2013 debut Same Trailer Different Park to be absolutely delightful when I reviewed it a couple years ba...

Universal Themes 9 Amazing

Album Reviews | Sun Kil Moon – Universal Themes (2015)

I selected Sun Kil Moon‘s Benji as my favorite album for my year-end list after 2014 drew to a close, so I figured I had a pretty good sense of what to expect when I queued up 2015‘s Unive...

Trust Fall (Side A) 8 Great

Album Reviews | Incubus – Trust Fall (Side A) [EP] (2015)

As a matter of policy, I haven’t reviewed any EPs since I started doing this blogging thing here at EricMackAttacks.com. My reasoning was pretty simple: to me, an EP is only half (or less) of an...

The Magic Whip 8.5 Great

Album Reviews | Blur – The Magic Whip (2015)

For some reason, I have never invested the proper amount of time and energy into learning the ins and outs of Blur‘s catalogue. I suppose they never have had nearly the same presence in America ...

Hi Honey 9 Amazing

Album Reviews | Low Cut Connie – Hi Honey (2015)

I had never even heard of the Philly-based retro-rock band Low Cut Connie — whose sound on their latest album Hi Honey is delightful, pre-British Invasion rock & roll — until Hi Honey ...

Sound & Color 8 Great

Album Reviews | Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (2015)

Alabama Shakes walked home with a staggering four Grammy awards in early 2016, winning two (Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical) for Sound & Color and two more (B...

Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit 10 Perfect

Album Reviews | Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (2015)

If it seems like Courtney Barnett came out of nowhere to deliver the indie rock masterpiece of the 2010s so far, presented in the lo-fi, alternative singer/songwriter tradition established by Pavement...

To Pimp a Butterfly 10 Perfect

Album Reviews | Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)

As a producer, Dr. Dre is known for having mentored 3 great protégés over the years, ushering Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar into both rap and mainstream music stardom at the beginning of the ...

Chasing Yesterday 9.5 Amazing

Album Reviews | Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday (2015)

I had always known that of Oasis‘ two Gallagher brothers, it was guitarist Noel, and not singer Liam, who was ultimately responsible for their success as the band’s songwriter during their...

The Pale Emperor 8.5 Great

Album Reviews | Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor (2015)

When I started listening to music in 1999, Marilyn Manson was a punch line. I barely knew who he was, but I was aware that he was some freak that the (at the time) culture-wars-infected media made a p...

SUCKER 8.5 Great

Album Reviews | Charli XCX – SUCKER (2014)

These days there sure aren’t many pure pop albums that really satisfy. The problem is, what differentiates a pop album from an album of popular music that is a little deeper and more sophisticat...

Black Messiah 9.5 Amazing

Album Reviews | D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah (2014)

Thank God for Black Messiah, which swooped in out of the sky to nearly save one of the weakest years for music in recent memory. Arriving Beyoncé-style — out of the blue and after all of the cri...