Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Belong
Third stellar album from these pure voiced Americans. The riffs, key changes and harmonies are all still there. Its got up-beat Smiths overtones in an shoegazer kind of way but weirdly uplifting in a poppy way.
Killer line – ‘She was the heart in the heartbreak. She was the miss in the mistake.’
TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
LOVE this band. Brooklyn based kings of versatility do it again. Its a touch short of the epic Dear Science from 2008 but this is still one of the best albums of the year so far. Dave Sitek mixes it up as usual, Tunde trip-hops lullabies and spits out rock and the driving climax is worthy of any late night.
Killer Line – Confidence and ignorance approve me (that’s going in my diss!)
The Weeknd – House of Balloons
Mellow, dark and downcast yet beautifully crafted R n’B, The Weeknd have come out of nowhere and to be the new Girls or The XX of regretful memories, becoming-of-age angst. 20 year old Abel Tesfaye is another Canadian act to follow in their elongated renaissance.
Katy B – On a Mission
I liked this. I didn’t expect to. But Katy B brings a bit more than the usual to dubstep album. Its catchy and holds your attention. Guest appearance of Miss Dynamite as well. Also the last track adds a nice, thoughtful, thankful edge. And thanks for putting 12 songs on an album. Doesn’t happen too often these days
(And this album is highlights the recent love affair of the brass evidenced in The Arcade Fire, Destroyer, The National, TV on the Radio, Bright Eyes and now Katy B. I am sure there are many others too.)
The Mountain Goats – All Eternal Decks
One of the best song-writing groups around. TMG brood multi-layered, acoustic numbers with childhood heroes and wasted love. Reminds you of The Decemberists,
Killer Line – ‘Scream when captured, arch your back. Let this whole town hear your knuckles crack.’
Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See
This album closes very well. I’m not a huge fan of the band but they are coming on. Alex Turner always had a great turn of phrase and his voice is getting smokier as he ages (or smokes!). At times, its like a tribute album to their favourite bands but Love Is a Laserquest is heart-breaking! (And when I’m hanging on by the rings around my eyes. And I convince myself I need another. For a minute it gets easier to pretend that you were just some lover).
Killer Line – ‘Called up to listen to the voice of reason and got his answering machine. I left my message but did he fuck get back to me..