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U2 Songs of Innocence
U2 revisit their old failings for 'Songs of Innocence': numb electro, unabashed pop worship and overwhelming sincerity. And nail it.
3.5
09.10.14
The Beatles The Beatles
Double albums should embrace a sense of freedom and be a little wild. 'The White Album' is best when it does so, getting all pro-metal on 'Helter Skelter' and menacingly psychedelic for 'Happiness Is A Warm Gun'. But the endless trite of "oh yeah, that was a nice song... and that one... and that one... and that one" makes you realise that this is actually one of the LEAST daring doubles ever. rSo why the hell can't I stop listening to it?
3.0
08.28.14
Sonic Youth The Eternal
'The Eternal' is the Youth's most consistent album in years with luminous sonic interludes and walls of transcendent, spiritual guitar.
4.0
08.24.14
Jay-Z The Black Album
Two thirds of 'The Black Album' is humourless, indulgent self promotion. The late revival of 'Moment of Clarity', '99 Problems' and 'Lucifer' pull together elements that previous tracks didn't even attempt.
3.0
08.24.14
Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club
The first two thirds of BVSC are fantastic; groovy, fun, cool and festive, as well as being fantastic demo lessons for aspiring Latin guitarists. It does, however, fade late. Or maybe the lyrics are amazing. Dunno.
3.5
07.30.14
The Smashing Pumpkins Adore
No one could ever claim that the recording sessions of a Smashing Pumpkins album sounded fun. The results - magnificent during their early career- were in many ways a testament to that dysfunction. However, the sessions that made the distracted 'Adore' must have been crushing. Moments of greatness are outweighed by the numbing repetition of an unsure songwriter playing for time.
3.0
07.27.14
Joy Division Substance
'Substance' suffers from what you might call an unavoidable weakness: Joy Division's progression from scrappy punk band to artistic alt-Goth band is a crucial part of the band's story. Therefore, you've got to stick in those tinny early recordings that, by burying Curtis' voice, eschew the band's greatest point of difference from every other punk band. They may be a chore to sit through, but they show the divine, sophisticated inspiration of later pieces like the glistening, peaceful 'Atmosphere'.
3.5
07.25.14

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