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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Stars: There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light [Album Review]
Feb20

Stars: There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light [Album Review]

Stars There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light Last Gang Records [2017] Who: Veteran indie pop band from Canada. Sound: Indie pop with a heart and a head. TFN Final Take: Stars is like a well-worn glove that is comfortable, reliable, but lacking in surprise or unpredictability. There is nothing wrong with that; they are still great at what they do. And what they do is construct a song, engage you, and give you space to reflect on what...

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R.E.M.: Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary Edition) [Album Review]
Jan30

R.E.M.: Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary Edition) [Album Review]

R.E.M. Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary Edition) Craft Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: A masterpiece for all times! Album Review: R.E.M.’s Automatic For the People is a masterpiece that gets a lot of love on its 25th anniversary. A live disc and 20 demos/outtakes accompany the original album. The extras are interesting and noteworthy; the live performances are nothing new for fans of the band but are still fun. The demos...

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