Published Mar 25, 2014It's another new release Tuesday, and like milk and Oreos, nothing goes with a new album quite as well as a review, so once again, we've assembled the reviews of a few of this week's biggest releases in this week's new release roundup. Sort the good from the bad below, then make sure to keep an eye on our Recently Reviewed section for more reviews every day of the week.
First off, we have Teeth Dreams, the new record from rock quintet the Hold Steady. It's been four years since the release of the somewhat disappointing Heaven Is Whenever; does the band come back strong this time around, or should they have taken a little more time apart? Take a look at our review and see.
Next, we have another posthumous record from Johnny Cash. Out Among the Stars, a collection of songs from sessions in 1981 and 1984 that were shelved by Columbia Records, avoids all the technological tropes of the '80s and acts, says our reviewer, as "a reminder that sometimes things got in Johnny Cash's way, but there are very few forces on Earth that could stifle his voice and conviction when he set his mind to getting a song across."
Mess, the new record from experimental trio Liars also drops today, and blurs the line between man and machine. The album ranges from the high energy to the skin crawling, taking the broken electronic sound of their last record deeper than ever before. According to our reviewer, on Mess, "Liars find a way to both innovate and deliver a brand-loyal effort with (dis)ease."
In the realm of synth-pop, Future Islands's new record Singles smooths out the rawness of their previous albums and comes full of big pop anthems that our reviewer found "coherent and firm in quality." On the folkier side of rock, we have Till Midnight, the new record from Hot Water Music's Chuck Ragan, which our reviewer describes as being like "the best Jon Cougar songs mixed with Ragan's patented chewing-on-gravel, rough-and-tumble, deep-from-the-diaphragm rumblings."
Finally, the Struggle in Pursuit, the new EP from Imbroglio, is the first release from the Ohio band since reforming. Does the new EP carry with it the same level of quality that their seeming swan song did two years ago? Only the full review has the answers.
Hear some of our favourite songs from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
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