Top Albums Of The Week - March 5-11
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 17:19:41
It was a relatively calm week when it came to new album releases. There was no surprise release from Kendrick Lamar or Rihanna. Kanye didn't put out anything or promise anything from anyone else. In fact, when it came to highly anticipated pop albums, there wasn't much to speak of. That doesn't mean, however, that there were a lot of excellent albums hitting the shelves and waves. We finally got to hear what might be the last unheard songs ever from Jeff Buckley, with the release of You And I. Pete Yorn put out his seventh album and first in over five years, ArrangingTime.
Holy Waves' third album, Freaks of Nature, saw them refine their pop stylings into tighter more psychedelic tracks. Into It. Over It. released Standards, which is perfect for anyone still missing the heyday of emo. And nineteen-year-old Norwegian singer Aurora released her poppy, yet deep debut, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend. And that was only the beginning for a week that saw a variety of less-familiar faces storm the airwaves.
Here are our favorites:
Bent Shapes - Wolves of Want - Slumberland Records
Bent Shapes sophomore LP, Wolves of Want, is the perfect intersection of pop and punk. It's clever and sports attitude. Hooks and melodies are aplenty, but the album contains a sharpness that keeps the songs sounding unique.
Brian Fallon - Painkillers - Island Records
The Gaslight Anthem frontman, Brian Fallon, is back in the spotlight, but this time with his first solo record. Painkillers shows of Fallon's abilities as a lyricist and his whiskey-soaked voice has never so perfectly fit his subject matter. Nonetheless, he is able to keep to his Jersey roots, giving the album a unique, yet somewhat Springsteen-like feel.
Hoops - Tape #3 - self-released
Drew Auscherman's lo-fi pop project Hoops has been blowing us away all year. He released Tape #1 and Tape #2 back in January, and finally Tape #3 is here. Hazy summer vibes spread throughout the record, and it's ideal for getting you through the final cold months of the season.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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