SMOTHER by The Wild Beasts….The Beasts new album slows it down a bit and also pares down the more extravagant vocalizations of their first two records….The end result is their best record so far filled with haunting emotional workouts such as “Bed of Nails” and “Plaything” that their newer musical maturity (and I did like their first two albums) help accent.
CADENZA by Dutch Uncles….The main difference between this and their first album is the presence of pianos….They can still rock out alternately balancing tension and release but with additional musical depth….Loved their first album and this is just as good.
SUCK IT AND SEE by Arctic Monkeys….Okay well it’s simple - better than their last album HUMBUG but not as fierce, immediate or clever as their first two records….songs “All My Own Stunts” and “That’s Where You’re Wrong” find a good trade-off between their celebrated earlier sound and HUMBUG’S attempt to try something different.
WHAT DID YOU EXPECT FROM THE VACCINES? by The Vaccines….Short bursts of energetic indie pop that break absolutely no new ground but are tremendously fun and infectious….A couple slower songs bog it down briefly but that is a small complaint….The music world needs more records like this.