Hot off the presses: new music! Better said, new music that is worth your time.
Well, after six albums last week, not much to talk about this week.
Joy Williams – Front Porch
Formerly half of the terrific band The Civil Wars, Joy’s second solo effort since the dissolution of that band is a mixed bag. There are certainly a few gems here, including “All I Need”, “The Trouble With Wanting”, and the title track – but just as with her former bandmate John Paul White, I question if anything she does on her own will live up to the quality of work that group made.
Bad Religion – Age of Unreason
More of the same from the veteran punk rockers, with cynical takes on modern day American politics. Highlights are the clever tongue-in-cheek “Do the Paranoid Style” and the terrific album opener “Chaos from Within”.
Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
Their music has never really worked for me, although I do admire their quirky and intelligent songwriting and pop-hook chops.
Filthy Friends – Emerald Valley
Enviro-folk that hits a few hot topics but mostly misses the mark.
L7 – Scatter the Rats
Big Thief – U.F.O.F.