Category: CD Reviews

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Album review: Quiet Signs by Jessica Pratt

Jessica Pratt Quiet Signs Mexican Summer Score: B+ Fans of resurgent folk artist Vashti Bunyan rejoice, for the logical next step in sprightly falsetto-folk is the California-based Jessica Pratt, with her latest album Quiet...

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Album review: Assume Form by James Blake

James Blake Assume Form Polydor Score: A A study in both emotional vocal integration and atmospheric minimalist instrumentals, James Blake navigates the impossible task of never being overshadowed by A-list features on his fourth...

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Album review: Universalis by Hammock

Hammock Universalis Self-Released Score: A- Ambient as a genre is one easy to listen to, but hard to criticize. What makes the pensive throes and undulating loops of non-vocalized sounds worthy of an hour...

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Album review: Oxnard by Anderson .Paak

Anderson .Paak Oxnard Aftermath Entertainment Score: A From the opening moments of “The Chase,” to the closing jazz improvs of “Cheers,” Anderson .Paak finds space to make an endlessly captivating and unique record on...

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Album Review: FM! by Vince Staples

Vince Staples FM! Def Jam Score: A- Finding space to deliver both traditional hip hop dynamics and signature finesse within a compact runtime, Vince Staples creates a free flowing and undeniably catchy collection with...