Album Review: T2 Trainspotting Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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“Personality, I mean that’s what counts, right,” Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) rhetorically asks his fellow Scottish skagboys in Danny Boyle’s 1996 black comedy Trainspotting. “That’s what keeps a relationship going through the years. Like heroin, I mean heroin’s got a great fucking personality.” It’s rough logic, but it’s logic nonetheless, and something that comes to mind while listening to the meticulously …

Album Review: Depeche Mode – Spirit

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Depeche Mode occupies a unique place among the constellation of synthpop acts that emerged from the UK post-punk scene around three decades ago. Since the release of Songs of Faith & Devotion in 1993, they’ve been entirely disinterested in the “pop” half of that portmanteau, creating instead a gloomy yet sensual swamp that sprouts elements of rock, blues, and the proto-industrial …

Album Review: Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy

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When members of the Melvins (Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover), At the Drive-In (Omar Rodríguez-López), and Le Butcherettes (Teri Gender Bender) announced plans last fall to unite and form Crystal Fairy, it was safe to bet the music would be bold, thoughtful, and unapologetic. The band’s self-titled debut has each of these characteristics, but it’s also an artsy and dramatic record …

Album Review: Priests – Nothing Feels Natural

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“Barack Obama killed something in me,” Katie Alice Greer howls at the end of “And Breeding”, a highlight of 2014’s excellent Bodies and Control and Money and Power. The brief, yet thrilling set of tunes from Washington, DC, quartet Priests looked out at a world of supposed liberality, hope, and change, and still saw plenty to fight against and fight for. “Barack Obama killed …

Album Review: Ty Segall – Ty Segall

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There are historical precedents for a prolific artist like Ty Segall. Poet and garage rock imp Billy Childish has, since the late ‘70s, released dozens of albums and singles with an assortment of associates from the UK underground scene. And Segall’s buddy and occasional collaborator John Dwyer set the template in the ‘90s with projects like Coachwhips, OCS, and the …

Album Review: AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)

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Fans were cautiously optimistic when AFI announced AFI (The Blood Album) last October, hoping for music that would reward their loyalty and solidify the band’s standing. Secretly, they realize the likelihood of new material with the influence of 2000’s The Art of Drowning or chart-oblivious fan favorites like “God Called in Sick Today” are slim. Most bands in the second …

Album Review: Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3

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Run the Jewels happened to land on the right tectonic plate in the earthquake, which doesn’t mean they didn’t earn it. Rap fans already liked Killer Mike and El-P plenty; both were longtime bigger-label castoffs (Columbia and Rawkus, respectively) who found their own paths preaching to a jaded, slightly older version of the hip-hop faithful. But in 2011, Cartoon Network …

Album Review: Peter Doherty – Hamburg Demonstrations

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At the turn of the Millennium, vintage-sounding, punk-influenced rock ’n’ roll looked primed to make a full-on comeback with bands like the Strokes and the White Stripes leading the charge. But for every Is This It? or White Blood Cells, record store bins were cluttered with dozens of also-rans, one of the most notable being Up the Bracket, the 2002 …

Album Review: The Weeknd – Starboy

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The Weeknd’s rise to the top of the pop music world has been an unconventional one not because of his talent, but because of his image and persona. “Goddamn, bitch, I am not a Teen Choice,” the 26-year-old Toronto native born Abel Tesfaye sings on “Reminder”, a song from his third proper album as The Weeknd, Starboy. He’s referencing the major awards he was up for thanks …