Published Apr 05, 2011Spring is here, and like the flowers, tons of new albums are making their way out of the woodwork. Here are just a few of the write-ups included in our Recently Reviewed section.
First off, the Kills are back with a vengeance. After a brief hiatus for side-projects and love affairs, they come offering gifts in the way of Blood Pressures, one of their most accessible and best albums to date, according to our reviewer. Next, Louise Burns of the pop rock group Lillix and the Blue Violets has gone solo, but has not strayed too far from her roots with the album Mellow Drama. The 12-track collection is reliant on the guitar pop sound she knows best, but travels across a wide cross section, sampling everything from shoegaze to country rock.
It has become commonplace for electronic artists to contribute to videogame soundtracks, but a soundtrack inspired by the warriors of Mortal Combat is on a level of its own. The disc, which was produced and curated by MSTRKRFT/DFA1979's JFK, has many big-name contributors including Harvard Bass, LA Riots and Felix Cartel. Meanwhile, Daniel Romano has seen a quite a transformation since his punk rock days, but in his latest solo effort Sleep Beneath the Willow, Romano sounds the most at home.
We also have a review of How to Be Clairvoyant, the latest release from one of rock'n'roll's most revered songwriters Robbie Robertson. The album marks his first collection of songs since 1991. Finally, only a year after their last release Belus, black metal icons Burzum are back with a new offering entitled Fallen. Along with dishing out the usual raw dosage of classic Burzum, the parolee Varg Vikernes and gang intertwine classical and folk influences that give the album a sense of clarity.
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 on the horizon.