Out Today: Jan 23

January 24, 2007 at 12:29 pm (Albums, Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer?, of Montreal, Out Today, Releases, Reviews, The Good The Bad And The Queen, The Shins, Wincing The Night Away)

Welcome to the first edition of out today, the Tuesday-exclusive piece in which I take a look at some of the albums coming out today, and in a frantic rush, try to listen to and review as many of them as I can.
Well, the beginning-of-the-year drought is finally over, and there are several big-name releases coming out today. Among them are:

The Shins reviews
Wincing The Night Away
The Shins
After a few years of silence from the Shins, they have finally released their third album, Wincing The Night Away. Once again the Shins move into new musical territory, with songs bearing little resemblance to either of the bands earlier albums. However, it’s also their most mature record, even more subtle than even Oh, Inverted World, and seemingly more subdued. It takes longer to fall in love with Wincing The Night Away than the Shins previous work, but in the end, it’s the Shins best album to date.

Grade: B+

The Good, The Bad  The Queen reviews
The Good, The Bad, The Queen
The Good, The Bad, The Queen
Considering the major players involved in this album (Damon Albarn,Danger Mouse, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen, Simon Tong), The Good, The Bad, The Queen comes off as very, very low-key. This isn’t the album that you’ll love the minute you play it. It’s dark, moody, complex, and demanding. But even if you have patience with it, you never quite feel as rewarded as you would like.

Grade: C+

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Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
of Montreal
This concept album from of Montreal certainly contains it’s share of oddities. The lyrics, the title and the tracks are all unique. But the sound is by far the strangest part of this album. It’s that certain mix of genres that defies any real description, and can only be described as indie pop. Each song is different from the one before it, and the albums hangs together very well as a whole. A great indie release.

Grade: B+

1 Comment

  1. whateva said,

    Hands fucking down Hissing Fauna is by far the best album of 2007 to date, most original sounds, most original lyrics, completly in our heads. No questions asked

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