Wye Oak: The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs [Album Review]
May15

Wye Oak: The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs [Album Review]

Wye Oak The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs Merge Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Wye Oak puts out an album that’s worth going back to again and again. Album Review: The Baltimore duo Wye Oak (Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack) continue to hone and evolve their sound on their sixth studio album, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. Wye Oak has excelled in the past with low-burn, subtle intensity. With this album they plug in and play with...

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The Fratellis: In Your Own Sweet Time [Album Review]
Apr11

The Fratellis: In Your Own Sweet Time [Album Review]

The Fratellis In Your Own Sweet Time Cooking Vinyl [2018] Who: Scottish three-piece with their fifth full-length album. Sound: Barroom rock that you can dance to. TFN Final Take: The new Fratellis album gets off to a great start with “Stand Up Tragedy” and “Starcrossed Losers.” Both are bouncy numbers that showcase the ebullience of the band, who are always eager to please. That effect dwindled with each subsequent song, each one...

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Zola Jesus: Okovi – Additions [Album Review]
Apr02

Zola Jesus: Okovi – Additions [Album Review]

Zola Jesus Okovi: Additions Sacred Bones Records [2018] Who: Nika Roza Danilova, back for seconds after last year’s release. Sound: Goth-pop with deep, soulful vocals. TFN Final Take: Okovi: Additions is a companion to last year’s LP, Okovi. Additions has four new tracks and four reimagined songs from its predecessor. Of the previously unreleased work, “Bound” is the highlight. It has a grimy feel to it that comes right out of the...

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No Age: Snares Like A Haircut [Album Review]
Mar14

No Age: Snares Like A Haircut [Album Review]

No Age Snares Like A Haircut Drag City Records [2018] Fire Note Says: No Age hit the mark again. Album Review: The last No Age album, An Object, was released five years ago. What I most appreciated about that album was the significant experimentation with noise and empty space. It was quiet and mellow, encouraging a curious and open approach to it. The new album, Snares Like A Haircut, comes hard and fast. It took me off-guard as I...

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First Aid Kit: Ruins [Album Review]
Feb28

First Aid Kit: Ruins [Album Review]

First Aid Kit Ruins Columbia Records [2018] Who: Swedish sisters with their fourth full-length. Sound: Americana with a country-western influence. TFN Final Take: Klara and Johanna Soderberg have put out their fourth full-length album since 2010. Their sound has bounced between folk and occasional pop since then; Ruins see the band settle more deliberately on the folk side of things. As usual, their voices are gorgeous and work magic...

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