Reviews of Odonis Odonis, Afghan Whigs and Fucked Up Lead Our New Release Roundup
Published Apr 15, 2014It's another new release Tuesday, and with a fresh batch of albums out, why not grab a bit of cash and #treatyoself to a new CD or LP? Not sure which ones to get? Once again we've got your back with another weekly review roundup. Take a look at the picks below, then make sure to check our Recently Reviewed section for even more new album reviews.
Toronto's Odonis Odonis have dropped their sophomore record, Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, which fans have had to wait two years for due to delays pushing the album from its 2012 release date. Now that it's out, however, was it really worth the wait? Read the full review to find out.
Next, we have the new self-titled record from Canuck collaboration Gord Downie, the Sadies, and the Conquering Sun. Our reviewer found that "the tracks that do ultimately catch fire make those that don't seem like afterthoughts," but that the highlights restore Gord Downie to his once impressive level of energy.
Post-hardcore outfit Fucked Up continue their 12-inch Zodiac series with Year of the Dragon, featuring the 18-minute-long title track. PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the fourth solo LP from Pharoahe Monch, finds the rapper exploring the darkest reaches of his psyche, while Triptykon's new record Melana Chasmata is driving, atmospheric and furious, making it frontman Tom G. Warrior's "strongest release in over two decades."
Finally, we have Do to the Beast, the new record from American alt-rockers the Afghan Whigs. Though the album does stick pretty closely to the band's trademark style of '90s rock, our reviewer found that the record "is just playing true to form for the veterans, proving that the beast is back with teeth bared and a few more tricks up its hairy sleeves."
Hear some of our favourite songs from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
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