Thursday, September 4, 2014

First Listen: New Releases for September 2

A pretty light week for the holiday weekend.

Laura Jean - Laura Jean: I can't say I know the first thing about Laura Jean except that the album cover was fairly striking enough for me to see what it sounded like. The good news is that it's got a very folky vibe to it, but also feels lighter and more fun than perhaps some of the stuff highlighted as of late. "Don't Marry the One You Love" in particular is an early standout track. Definitely worth some of your time this week.

Blonde Redhead - Barragán: I was about halfway through the album when I realized that I was not listening to Concrete Blonde, and then wondering how I've missed Blonde Redhead all these years. This is a quiet, contemplative affair that I fully enjoyed from start to finish, and what it lacks in true standout tracks it makes up for with a really cohesive sound throughout. I have no clue how longtime fans might react to this album, but I'm really liking it and I hope that it ends up having a significant life in my rotation.

Also out this week:

* God Help the Girl soundtrack.

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