Steve Erickson

80
The singer-songwriter's melodies and arrangements retain a touch of the timeless and otherworldly.
70
The sturm und drang coursing through Wolfe’s songs is potent and deeply felt.
70
Like the beats themselves, the songs on the album are bracingly blunt.
50
With their seventh studio album, the Baltimore band offers up more of the same.
60
The album effectively allows listeners pick their favorites mixes and create their own playlist.
70
While the album may play it a little safe, it also smartly plays to the rapper’s strengths.
50
The album’s production style keeps whatever passes as emotion in Poppy’s world at a slight remove.
80
The airbrushed pop singer constructs a world of exaggerated femininity without drowning in irony.
70
The songs flit from one style or tone to the next, mirroring the mental states of the singer’s characters.
80
Like the singer herself, the album resists convention and refuses to be pinned down.
70
The album lingers in an in-between space that doesn’t fully embrace either noise or pop.
60
Though it features some rousing dance-pop, the album never quite rises to the promise of its title.
50
The singer's debut album is bound to make listeners feel a sense of unpleasant voyeurism.
70
The album is rooted in anger, but the more melodic passages express it without becoming trapped by it.
70
The album emphasizes the rapper's Atlanta heritage by harkening back to both his past and Southern rap.
80
The music is notably grimmer than the lyrics, but even its lyrical themes return again and again to the subject of isolation.
80
The rapper and drummer’s music is a modern, often jarring synthesis of hip-hop and jazz.
50
Despite Feist’s talents as a musician, her latest fades too easily into the background.
70
Indeed, Jesus Piece embraces the full breadth of the genre’s chaotic fury, but rather than charge full-speed ahead at all times, they switch up the tempos, rending the album’s heaviest moments even more impactful.
70
The experimental musician’s debut album testifies to the liberating potential of making a racket.
70
The British rapper embraces a caffeinated punk sound that suggests a cross between Cockney Rejects and Dizzee Rascal.
80

The garage-punk band skillfully strikes a balance between exuberance and introspection.

70
The album blends English folk, American roots music, and shades of trip-hop in ways that are both heady and nebulous.
50
The album is expertly crafted, but a rougher hewn approach would have better honored its source material.

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