Rating: 3 / 5 Reviewer: Nathan Atnikov The Avett Brothers, flanked by Mumford & Sons and a few others, were the leaders of the folk-rock revival of a few years back with I and Love and You, an album full of pinpoint sincerity and choruses as big and full as their hearts surely were.
Rating: 4 / 5 Reviewer: Sean Marchetto Alberta’s Corb Lund has clearly been spending a bit of time all alone with his sombre thoughts as Cabin Fever is awash with dark and melancholic tunes.
Rating: 3.5 / 5 Reviewer: Sean Marchetto On the album’s otherwise slow-burning opener ‘Offspring are Blank’, there is a roaring guitar lick halfway through that signals Swing Lo Magellan is going its own way from Bitte Orca.
Rating: 4.5 / 5 Reviewer: Michelle Kennedy Listening to Boys & Girls for the first time, relishing in it’s unabashed honesty and Howard’s androgynous vocal prowess, it’s nearly impossible to believe this is the band’s first release.
Rating: 4.5 / 5 Reviewer: Sean Marchetto What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, Regina Spektor’s sixth album, opens with a melancholic piano riff and the line “I must have left a thousand times / in my mind” before launching into a more raucous attitude with a little upbeat guitar fuzz, kicking off an album [...]
Rating: 4.5 / 5 Reviewer: Greg Hutton Celebration Rock is the most aptly named album of 2012; a party record with a conscience, a celebration tinged with nostalgia. Calling it a party record actually requires a redefinition of the term.
Rating: 3 / 5 Reviewer: Shannon King Introducing a bit of girl power without the chunky knee high boots, union jack mini-skirts and leopard print onesies. Lead by Laura Burhenn, The Mynabirds sophomore album, Generals, is about revolution, feminism and peace.
Rating: 4 / 5 Reviewer: Andrew Mitchell Imagine being whisked away to some utopian society where love and community rule and worshiping the divine is paramount. Fill it with free spirits: the kind who will just as easily approach you with the offering of a foot washing as they will an uplifting melody.