Published Jun 28, 2011Another week, another new release Tuesday, and you know what that means: brand new reviews of some of this week's most anticipated new releases. Not sure whether to pick up the new John Maus album or if Gillian Welch still has it after all these years? We have you covered in our Recently Reviewed section. Here are just some of the highlights.
Firstly, what do you get when you mix concentrated reverb, synthesizers, a distinct baritone voice and some horror-movie influences? Well, a probable result is the new album from John Maus, a one-time Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti collaborator. Having earned the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence, We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (pictured) is the most recent offering from Maus, but you'll have to read the review to see if this album will finally allow him to convert the masses.
Speaking of the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence and breaking new ground, or perhaps in this case, returning to a formula that works, Smif 'N Wessun and Pete Rock have teamed up to bring you Monumental. This album sees Tek and Steele calling upon the skills of only one producer to get their sound back on track.
This batch of new releases has also resulted in some happy folk and country fans. After years of relative silence from alt-country queen Gillian Welch, The Harrow & the Harvest finally puts the end to our longing. As always the American South rears its influence and Welch's voice is both haunting and pure, but check out the review to see how much we've been missing out on in these past few years.
Perhaps not nearly as recognized as Welch, but nonetheless influential, Jolie Holland's fifth album, Pint of Blood, continues to move the singer in a direction that incorporates customary folk rock. And the newest release, Silhouette, from East Coast songstress Catherine MacLellan has earned her an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence.
For many, this week also sees the result of a long time coming. Taking Back Sunday have reunited their original lineup and their self-titled release sees the natural progression of the band come full circle. And lastly, Toronto pop punks Junior Battles combine years of punk rock education and the best elements of the genre in their debut full-length Idle Ages.
Check out these reviews and more at the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section, and visit the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page to see what's coming up in the near future.
Also, listen to our favourite tracks from some of these albums in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Folk & Country