Top Albums Of The Week - June 25 - July 1
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:51:05
Collaborations, reformations, and, of course, debuts, this week featured album releases from artists new and old, as well as others who were just trying something new. Blink-182 is back with a new album California, but Tom DeLonge is out, and in his space steps Alkaline Trio guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba. Snoop Dogg has returned with his first album featuring songs written only by himself in years. Sara Watkins debuted Young In All The Wrong Ways, her third solo record, which explores the post-breakup album type.
Thee Oh Sees released Live In San Francisco, which showcases just how impressive the band is in person. The debut LP from Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve features appearances from Euros Childs, Blaine Harrison of The Mystery Jets, Holly Miranda, Hannah Peel, and Jane Weaver, but despite its eclectic nature, it manages to stay congruent. Summer 08 is Metronomy's fifth album in 10 years, and boasts pop sensibilities to go along with Joe Mount's always offbeat nature.
Here are our favorites:
Bat for Lashes - The Bride - Parlophone/Warner Bros.
A concept album about a woman taking her honeymoon trip alone after her betrothed is killed in a car on the way to their wedding, The Bride is a cohesive look at grief and love. It's a standout that sees Natasha Khan reaching new heights.
GØGGS - GØGGS - In the Red
GØGGS debut, self-titled record is heavier than almost anything Ty Segall has worked on before. We caught up with lead singer Chris Shaw to discuss the album.
Nite-Funk - Nite-Funk - Glydezone
The collaboration between Nite Jewel and Dâm-Funk is hazy yet vibrant with the sounds and colors of a Los Angeles night. It's funky and at times almost sounds as if it could have come from an unheard Michael Jackson 80s album. Despite that, the sounds still come off as original and are a perfect soundtrack for a night spent exploring the City of Angels.
Blood Orange - Freetown Sound - Domino
Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, surprised everyone by unveiling Freetown Sound a few days before its scheduled release date. It's a beautiful, moving, and personal record that shows off the impressive and individual palate of its creator.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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