Articles by: Jeremy Lukens

Soundgarden Reboot The Past With ‘Ultramega Ok’ Reissue (ALBUM REVIEW)

[rating-8.00] As the tongue-in-cheek title suggests, Soundgarden’s Ultramega OK was always a pretty good but not great album. The Seattle grunge pioneers made the mistake of switching from Sub Pop to SST Records and working ...

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Grandaddy Rocks Back From 11 Year Recording Hiatus With ‘Last Place’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Last Place shows no signs of the rust you would expect from a decade-long recording hiatus. Reunion albums have a notorious track record, but Grandaddy is able to recapture the spirit of their original albums ...

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Sam Patch (Tim Kingsbury) Revels In Dance Dynamic With ‘Yeah You, and I’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Yeah You, and I, the first solo album by Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Tim Kingsbury, is a densely layered indie pop gem that rivals Kingsbury’s main band in its artistry. Under the stage name Sam Patch, ...

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The Sadies Balance Loud & Breezy Extremes On Tenth LP ‘Northern Passages’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

After twenty years playing together, The Sadies aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. Northern Passages, the tenth studio album by the Toronto alt-country quartet, is an eclectic collection of roots rock that builds on ...

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Elbow Brings Slight Reinvention on ‘Little Fictions’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Little Fictions, the new album by elbow, is a slight reinvention for a band that is now seven albums and 20 years into its career. The music is less gloomy and a little more varied ...

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The XX Build Pop Triumph With ‘I See You’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

From the opening measures of I See You, it is clear that London trio The XX have broken their mold. “Dangerous” is a big, layered pop song with a dancehall beat and a “Thriller”-esque bouncing ...

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Pale Hands Showcase Nostalgic Dance Visions on ‘Graphism’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Graphism, the sophomore album by Boston trio Pale Hands, is a concentrated romp through nostalgic visions of trendy dance clubs in the 1980s. With swirling, saturated synthesizers and pulsing basslines, the trio dashes through a ...

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Honus Honus Keeps Piano Rock Inventive On Solo Debut ‘Use Your Delusion’

Use Your Delusion, the debut solo album by Man Man frontman Honus Honus, is an album that is both eclectic and unsurprising. It carries all of the trademarks of Honus Honus’s other work – the ...

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No Denying ‘Three’ Is Phantogram’s Most Mainstream LP To Date (ALBUM REVIEW)

In the two years since Phantogram’s spectacular sophomore LP Voices, the duo spent a lot of time collaborating with everyone from Miley Cyrus to Big Boi, the latter for an entire album under the moniker ...

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‘Day Breaks’ Brings Norah Jones Back To Her Jazzy Piano Roots (ALBUM REVIEW)

Norah Jones’ solo albums have always been reliable, well-crafted collections that never disappoint though never really take any risks, either. Listeners know what to expect: an album full of soft, mostly slow piano pop with ...

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