My Top 5 New Releases :: Week of May 4

1. Wilder Mind :: Mumford And Sons


Three-Sentence Review: My anticipation for the new Mumford And Sons album has swung the pendulum of indecision since I heard the first released single, which felt too pedestrian and forgettable (I was somewhat wrong though, because it has started to get to me, and is not forgettable), to when I heard the second released single, that took my breath away and had me obsessively hitting repeat. That latter song was more of an indication of how I’d feel about the album in its entirety, meaning that the album is already getting a ton of repeat plays, and there are songs on here that I just cannot get enough of. These songs seem to fit right into that place I needed them to land, playing soundtrack to a notable time of change in my life that is just beginning; I really needed this album.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Tompkins Square Park, The Wolf and Cold Arms

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

The Wolf

2. Sprinter :: Torres


Three-Sentence Review: Oh my stars, where did this album come from, and where has Torres been hiding? This is a fantastic album that calls to mind PJ Harvey, Hole, Tracy Bonham (remember that song Mother Mother?), Kristin Hersh and Mary Timony in power and lyrical punch. This is an emotionally raw album that rocks hard and shakes hard (even in the softer moments, like the gorgeous Ferris Wheel), and makes me feel in a big, big way.

Initial Favorite Track(s)Strange Hellos, Ferris Wheel and The Harshest Light

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Strange Hellos

3. 1,000 Forms of Fear (Deluxe Edition) :: Sia

1000 Forms of Fear 1

Three-Sentence Review: I reviewed this album when it was originally released, and it wound up on my best albums of 2014 list, and to be honest, I love it even more today than I did during those other write-ups/mentions. This album never stops taking hold of me, the songs come back, dig deeper, open me further, and I find myself more into this album than I was before. The additions, especially the piano versions, on this “deluxe edition” are incredible, I only wish she’d recorded a piano version of Fair Game, my absolute favorite song on 1,000 Forms of Fear.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Fair Game, Chandelier (piano version) and Elastic Heart (piano version)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Chandelier (piano version) :: Sia

4. California Nights :: Best Coast


Three-Sentence Review: This album feels like Summer to me. It feels like nights spent driving up the coast, the windows rolled down, music blaring, and new love sitting in the passenger seat, trading stolen glances and tentative holding hands. It also feels like the freedom of leaving things that do not work anymore behind gifts you (especially the song Fine Without You).

Initial Favorite Track(s): Fine Without You, In My Eyes and California Nights

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

California Nights

5. Danger in the Club :: Palma Violets


Three-Sentence Review: Though I have yet to fall quite as hard for Palma Violets’ sophomore album, I am still falling for it, especially for Coming Over to My Place and English Tongue. There is something (a lot of something, actually) in this album that reminds me of Public Image Ltd., Sex Pistols and The Clash. This album makes me want to turn the volume way, way up and dance around like it’s 1989 and I’m in a club back then again.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Hollywood (I Got It), Coming Over to My Place and English Tongue

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4+

English Tongue

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