Bruce Springsteen, Warpaint, How To Dress Well Excel In Top Albums Of The Week - September 17-23
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:16:47
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A new album from The Boss is always cause for celebration. Sure, Chapter And Verse is a compilation album, a companion piece to the memoir Born To Run, but of the 18 songs that have been handpicked by Bruce Springsteen, five have never before been released. There are songs on there from the late 1960s and early '70s, when Bruuuuuuce was in bands like The Castiles and Steel Mill, so there are plenty of rare treats for super-fans as well as familiar favorites.
Elsewhere, the past week saw excellent new releases by Beach Slang, Dwight Yoakam, Devendra Banhart, Flock of Dimes, Neurosis, Passenger, and The Sword. It was a typically strong week, even if Springsteen had chosen not to unload his musical heart on the public. Here are some of our favorites:
Mick Jenkins - The Healing Component - Free Nation
The Healing Component is Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins' debut album, and the follow-up to last year's Wave[s] EP. According to Consequence of Sound, Jenkins said that he's been working on the "more melodic aspects of songs," and it shows.
How to Dress Well - Care - Weird World/Domino
How To Dress Well, aka Tom Krell, is now on his fourth full-lengther, and Care was described in Consequence of Sound as "an intimate album that goes big, filled with stadium-sized choruses, rollicking guitar solos, vocal tenderness, and Celine Dion-inspired melodies." After listening to "Can't You Tell," that makes sense.
Bruce Springsteen - Chapter And Verse - Columbia
Yes, there are other Springsteen compilations out there, but this one isn't just a cash-cow "greatest hits" collection. The Boss has picked these songs to sync with his autobiography, and so it should be treated like the personal journey that it is.
Warpaint - Heads Up
Heads Up is LA indie-dream-pop outfit Warpaint's third album since they formed in, amazingly, 2004 (although the debut The Fool album didn't drop until 2010). "New Song" is typically catchy and beautifully atmospheric, blessed with spot-on production and some stunning vocal harmonies.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff