Album Reviews

Album reviews and new music previews from the latest releases by upcoming bands and indie record labels.

Heavy Light by U.S. Girls album review by Steve Ovadia for Northern Transmissions
9.0

Heavy Light

Heavy Light, the seventh album from U.S. Girls, takes its name from a quote in Franz Kafka’s The Zürau Aphorisms: “A faith like an…

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The Main Thing by Real Estate album review
6.0

The Main Thing

After over a decade together, Real Estate wanted to approach their new LP, ‘The Main Thing’, without any compliancy or as vocalist Martin Courtney…

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Color Theory by Soccer Mommy album review
9.0

Color Theory

Over the last couple of years we’ve been treated to a renaissance of gifted female fronted bands and solo acts. While this isn’t super…

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Hunted by Anna Calvi, album review by Steve Ovadia for Northern Transmissions
9.0

Hunted

If you’re trying to get a group’s attention, there’s a tendency to speak louder, forcing your way into respective conversations and trying to overpower…

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You Want It Real by lié, album review Northern Transmissions
7.0

You Want It Real

Having caused a stir in the global underground since their inception back in 2013, lié (pronounced “lee-ey”) have readied their fourth LP ‘You Want…

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'Suddenly' by Caribou Album Review, by Adam Williams for Northern Transmissions
8.0

Suddenly

They say with every action, there’s a reaction; this statement rings true for Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, and how he approached the creation of…

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Man Alive! by King Krule, album review by Adam Williams for Northern Transmissions
6.5

Man Alive!

There are two song titles on King Krule’s new record, ‘Man Alive!’ that typify the LP’s overarching aesthetic and feeling. ‘Stoned Again’ and ‘Energy…

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Miss Anthropocene by Grimes, album review
9.0

Miss Anthropocene

Grimes doesn’t need much of an introduction. The Canadian producer and artist has been ubiquitous in the media over the last few years as…

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Random Desire by Greg Dulli, album review by Adam Fink. The Afghan Whigs frontman's debut solo LP comes out on February 21, via Royal Cream/BMG
8.0

Random Desire

Greg Dulli has been a purveyor of darkly sinister R&B infused rock n roll for quite some time now. Dulli’s powerful voice has been…

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Always Tomorrow by Best Coast, album review by Leslie Chu. The full-length comes out March 21st, via Concord Records (Ghost, Andrew Bird)
7.5

Always Tomorrow

California boosters Best Coast are back with their fourth and most introspective album to date, Always Tomorrow. Singer Bethany Cosentino continues treading the topics…

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