Pop/Rock Album Reviews

AMERICAN UTOPIA
David Byrne



Have you ever noticed how often David Byrne uses the word house in his songwriting? Host Bobby Waller takes an in-depth look at the former Talking Heads frontman's favorite word and how its use in this album reflects a change of thinking from burning down to building up our metaphorical homes.

genre: art rock

SONGS OF EXPERIENCE
by U2

This album brings the theological themes of 18th century romantic poet William Blake into full focus within the context of recent political events and lead singer Bono's brushes with death.

 

GENRE: ROCK

PURE COMEDY
by Father John Misty

What did choking on a piece of candy in a JCPenny store teach Father John Misty about life? A lot, apparently. 

genre: folk

 

MASSEDUCTION
by St. Vincent

Annie Clark says that the thesis for her new album as St. Vincent is "I can't turn off what turns me on." But what does that mean?

genre: pop

POST- 
by Jeff Rosenstock

 

Jeff Rosenstock takes an inward look at politics in what some critics are calling the first great album of 2018.

Genre: punk/post-punk

SCIENCE FICTION
by Brand New

This album explores the uncomfortable state of being on the verge of a breakthrough.

Genre: alt rock

 

MELODRAMA
by Lorde

The teen superstar who gave us "Royals" is growing up -- and giving the green light to both hedonism and humility.

Genre: pop

I LIKE FUN
by They Might Be Giants

 

What happens when the troubling zeitgeist of our time catches up with the world's most beloved fun-time band.

Genre: alt-rock

EVERYTHING NOW
by Arcade Fire

Explore the connection between getting more and having less in this album full of paradoxes.

Genre: alt rock

 

RETROSPECTIVE:
THE KICK INSIDE

by Kate Bush

 

Forty years ago this week, Kate Bush released the album that would make her the first woman in UK history to chart with a song she herself had written. But what made this hugely influential album so different than the standard pop fare of the day?

GENre: artrock

RETROSPECTIVE: SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN
by Leonard Cohen

 

 

Fifty years ago, Leonard Cohen shocked the world by mixing the language of sex with the language of religion. But was he the first person ever to do that? 

GENRE: Folk, Soft rock

DARK MATTER
by Randy Newman



In his first album in nine years, can a post-Disney Newman fully return to his dark roots?

Genre: pop