BECK Modern Guilt CD
*** "Modern Guilt is a tightly assembled group of songs that range in lyrical tone from introspection and social commentary to off the cuff wordplay and lighthearted humor. Musically, the album's ten tracks vacillate between economy and experimentation, hybrid and pop classicism, while consistently manifesting Beck and Danger Mouse's shared interest in psych-rock, folk, electronic minimalism and orchestration."
JEAN GRAE Jeanius CD
*** "Blacksmith Music presents Jean Grae and her electrifying and highly anticipated new album "Jeanius", produced by 9TH WONDER. Jean Grae delivers an impressive range of vision that instantly marks her as an extraordinary artist."
ALBERT HAMMOND, JR. Como Te Llama? CD
*** "This is the follow up to Albert's critically acclaimed debut release. Albert Hammond, Jr. is a musician and member of the garage rock band, The Strokes.
MELVINS Nude With Boots CD
*** "Almost 25 years, over 25 albums and still counting. The band still includes founding member King Buzzo and almost founding member Dale Crover, and they STILL have the Big Business guys Jared Warren and Coady Willis playing with them. This is extraordinary considering how hard it is for bass players and others to stick around the Melvins camp for more than two minutes."
RATATAT Lp3 LP | CD
*** "Having toured relentlessly and opened for the likes of Daft Punk and Bjork, LP3 came together over the course of just a few weeks in October and November of last year. Mike's characteristic guitar style is still present on the record but there are an abundance of new textures, from wurlitzer and mellotron, to even live percussion rather than programmed."
PATTI SMITH & KEVIN SHIELDS The Coral Sea 2xCD
*** "Legendary artist Patti Smith and MY BLOODY VALENTINE's Kevin Shields are set to release a double disc set of their live performance of The Coral Sea on their own PASK imprint. The Coral Sea is Patti Smith's posthumous homage to her friend and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and the title to her 1997 book. Kevin Shields accompanies her on guitars and effects and creates a haunting backdrop to the spoken prose."
SON AMBULANCE Someone Else's Deja Vu CD
*** "Their third full-length offers a sharper glimpse into Joseph Knapp's distinct songwriting abilities, and reflects a depth of complexity and dream logic made perfect for a sublime musical experience. A cohesive palette of subtle pop psychedelia encompassing myriad musical genres. Think of an old friend."