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Cry Cry Cry | Wolf Parade

Cry Cry Cry | Wolf Parade

Album Review by James Kendall

Wolf Parade return after a seven-year hiatus with Cry Cry Cry. It’s a solid alternative-rock album that doesn’t stray too far from their established sound but still feels fresh. My favorites are: “You’re Dreaming,” “Incantation,” “Valley Boy,” and “Lazarus Online.”

Check out my review from Edge Essentials Episode 14 below.

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I Tell A Fly | Benjamin Clementine

I Tell A Fly | Benjamin Clementine

Album Review by James Kendall

“In little words – it’s a story about two wandering flies finding fleet.
I am neither a politician nor prophet but,
an artist who creates to only entertain is no better than a con.
I hope this album fulfills its purpose.”

– Benjamin Clementine about his new album, I Tell A Fly.

Benjamin Clemetine’s sophmore release, I Tell A Fly, is like a musical piece of theatre for your ears. Sit back and enjoy the experience with Ben’s unique musical style guiding you through an unforgettable album. My favorites are: “Jupiter,” “God Save The Jungle,” “One Awkward Fish,” and “Ave Dreamer.”

Check out my review from Edge Essentials Episode 14 below.

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Haiku From Zero | Cut Copy

Haiku From Zero | Cut Copy

Album Review by James Kendall

Cut Copy return with their best album since 2008’s In Ghost ColoursHaiku is a fun album full of jams that don’t let up at any point; the whole album just really works front to back. My favorites are: “Standing In The Middle of The Field,” “Living Upside Down,” “Black Rainbows,” and “Airborne.”

Check out my review from Edge Essentials Episode 12 below.

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Sleep Well Beast | The National

Sleep Well Beast | The National

Album Review by James Kendall

“Forget it, nothing I change changes anything
I won’t let it, I won’t let it ruin my hair.”
Matt Berninger on “Walk It Back.”

The National’s latest album sees the band letting loose a little from their conventionally heavy-laden, melancholy sound. There’s still plenty of somber tracks throughout but some fresh new sounds emerge on tracks like, “Day I Die” and “Dark Side of the Gym.” They even experiment with some new instrumentations like the electronically driven “Walk It Back,” or the guitar solos that dominate “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness.”

Check out my review from Edge Essentials Episode 11 below.

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American Dream | LCD Soundsystem

American Dream | LCD Soundsystem

Album Review by James Kendall

Look what happened when you were dreaming, then punch yourself in the face.”
James Murphy on “American Dream.”

James Murphy and co. have returned after their announced breakup back in 2011 after a monstrous final show in Madison Square Garden. Following his work on David Bowie’s final album Blackstar, Murphy decided to reunite the band and created another epic, disco-rock album for the history books. American Dream takes a darker tone than their previous work,  evident on tracks like “i used to**” and “how do you sleep?” which feels like a nightmarish version of their previous hit “Dance Yrself Clean.”

“You warned me about the cocaine, then dove straight in,” “One step forward, six steps back, six steps back, six steps back…”

American Dream is easy to enjoy as an album full of ear-worms but shows its’ lasting potential when you dig into the lyrical poetry underneath. Heck, it even garnered them their first #1 on the Billboard top 200.

Check out my review from Edge Essentials Episode 10 below.

 

Tracks used in the review: “i used to,” “tonite,” “how do you sleep?” “call the police,” “emotional haircut.”

**All of the tracks are written in lowercase by the label, that’s not me doing it out of laziness. I WISH IT WASN’T LIKE THIS BUT WHAT CAN I DO?!

 

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A Deeper Understanding | The War On Drugs

A Deeper Understanding | The War On Drugs

Album Review by James Kendall

The War On Drugs’ latest release, A Deeper Understanding, is a sonic journey through-and-through. The album does not let up from the opening notes of “Up All Night” to the closing jam session that is “You Don’t Have To Go.” The last track’s title almost seems aimed at the listener; just flip on that auto-replay and listen through it again! Checkout my review of the album from Edge Essentials Episode 9 below.

 

Tracks used in the review: “Up All Night,” “Thinking Of A Place.”

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Painted Ruins | Grizzly Bear

Painted Ruins | Grizzly Bear

Album Review by James Kendall

Grizzly Bear returns with Painted Ruins, the latest in their ever-growing catalog of decent albums. This album proves to be another good release from them with several standout tracks but is accompanied by plenty more “Okay” tracks. Checkout my review of the album from Edge Essentials Episode 9 below.

 

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Beast Epic | Iron & Wine

Beast Epic | Iron & Wine

Album Review by James Kendall

A return to form for Iron & Wine, Beast Epic is the indie-folk record of the year for anyone looking to serenade their ear-holes. Sam Beam ditches the big band sound of his past few albums and brings back the charm of the simpler folk music he made earlier in his career. Checkout my review of the album from Edge Essentials Episode 8 below.

Tracks used in the review:
“Last Night,” “Call It Dreaming,” “Thomas County Law,” & “About A Bruise.”

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Everything Now | Arcade Fire

Everything Now | Arcade Fire

Album Review by James Kendall

The follow-up to their excellent concept album from 2012, Reflektor, Arcade Fire returns with Everything Now, their most diverse and fun album yet. Check out the review from Edge Essentials Episode 6  and then Episode 5 where we played multiple tracks from the album!

 

Tracks used in the review:
“Signs Of Life,” “Creature Comfort,” “Electric Blue,” “Chemistry,” & “Everything Now.”

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Sacred Hearts Club | Foster The People

Sacred Hearts Club | Foster The People

Album Review by James Kendall

Returning with their third album, Foster The People continue to prove themselves as a powerhouse of indie-pop on Sacred Hearts Club, a fun, catchy follow-up to 2014’s Supermodel. Below is a brief audio review of the album taken from Edge Essentials Episode 4 (7.21.17).

 

Tracks used in the review:

“Loyal Like Sid & Nancy,” “Pay The Man,” & “I Love My Friends.”