Foxy Shazam :: Introducing
It’s a feel-good album.
Dr Manhattan :: s/t
Thank you, Wauconda, IL.
Fleet Foxes :: s/t
The album is an overall listening experience, one that manages to be both communal and deeply personal, vague in its directions and yet stoically focused, somber and resigned, yet eternally hopeful.
N.E.R.D. :: Seeing Sounds
The Matches :: A Band In Hope
The world needs more songs like “Darkness Rising.”
The Hold Steady :: Stay Positive
Stay Positive was a loud, exciting example of the Hold Steady doing what they do best. They even took a stab at eclecticism (via the harpsichord).
Lil Wayne :: Tha Carter III
Aficionados always seem to point out that some of his best work is done in street mixtapes, but Tha Carter III is easily Wayne's best official album to date, and overall best hip-hop album of the year.
TV on the Radio :: Dear Science
The songs on Dear Science translate quite well live, with non-programmed instruments getting people out of their seats. The album is a different direction for the band – dance-rock and singalongs.
Manchester Orchestra :: Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind
The Killers :: Day and Age
It’s nice to show some major label love once in a while.