A hauntingly sad album from the Brooklyn indie veterans, but beautiful nonetheless. Matt Berninger's voice is brooding and at the brink of sounding defeated, but still has some fight left.
Highlights: "Afraid of Everyone," "Bloodbuzz Ohio," "Anyone's Ghost," "England"
Broken Social Scene
Forgiveness Rock Record
A masterfully-crafted record, after a long hiatus, that sounds exactly like BSS should sound. They always push the envelope and their collective energy is palpable. Filled with social commentary, rock anthems, and a few quieter notes, too.
Highlights: "World Sick," "Texico Bitches," "Forced to Love," "Sentimental X's"
The Tallest Man On Earth
The Wild Hunt
If you read my earlier post, you will know how much I love this album. Wonderful, wonderful folk songs written by a Swedish crooner with a Dylan-esque sound.
Highlights: "King of Spain," "Love is All," "The Wild Hunt"
She & Him
This is a band you either love or you don't. I personally can't resist the charming combination of Zooey Deschanel's sugary-sweet ditties and M.Ward's growling guitar. Yes, they are almost sickeningly cute, but the songs are catchy and almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Everyone needs that sometimes.
Highlights: "In The Sun," "Ridin' In My Car," "Thieves," "Lingering Still"
Have One On Me
This album came out a few months back, but I am kind of in love with it, so I'm counting it as 'new' anyway. Long-winded stories in folk song form, performed by a classically-trained harpist (multi-instrumentalist, really) with a crow of a voice that is nothing if not unique.
Highlights: "Good Intentions Paving Company," "Have One On Me," "Soft As Chalk"