Record Bulletin

Record Bulletin, 5/13: Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons, et al.

Nibblets

Having taken a few short trips (among other things), I’ve fallen behind. Not surprising. But I’m also not finding a whole lot these days that’s terribly interesting to me, so my instinct to hunt doesn’t have as much juice. Looking forward to a time when I can just sit down and write, write, write.

With the exception of Diable, these are pretty unexceptional. Not bad, but certainly boring at worst. I’ll just say that I think the continued hatred of Mumford & Sons is over the top as it ever was. They seem like decent people and the friends I have who are fans are good souls, so yes, their music may be stupid, but I regularly come across much, much worse. And Alabama Shakes—when did they decide to follow in the footsteps of the Black Keys? Why would you want to?

kristin diableKRISTIN DIABLE – Create Your Own Mythology (Speakeasy): Southern adult contemporary (ick!) with orchestral swells (blegh!) and titles like “True Devotion” (ugh!), this is a female version of Train, so take that as you will. B PLUS (**)

 

alabama shakesALABAMA SHAKES – Sound & Color (ATO): Remove the roots and rock from your roots-rock schtick and all you have left is Brittany Howard’s androgynous howl. B PLUS (*)

 

 

DLDRMS_coversDOLDRUMS – The Air Conditioned Nightmare (Sub Pop): LCD Soundsystem gone goth, but they mistake stretched, redundant grooves for building tension. B PLUS (*)

 

 

mumford-and-sons-wilder-mindMUMFORD & SONS – Wilder Mind (Glassnote): Still without worthwhile words, Mumford abandons faux-folk for faux-Kings of Leon, an unexpected leap into innocuous indie that’s sure to enrage suspender-clad banjo enthusiasts everywhere. B PLUS (*)

 

The-Decemberists-What-A-Terrible-World-What-A-Beautiful-WorldTHE DECEMBERISTS – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (Capitol): Colin Meloy still can’t help invoking Anglo-Saxon medieval imagery or consulting his thesaurus, but he eases up on the minstrelsy in favor of indie AOR. B PLUS (*)

 

Meghan_Trainor_-_Title_(Official_Album_Cover)MEGHAN TRAINOR – The Title (Epic): Album’s a vehicle for single “All About That Bass,” a carryover with four other songs from a stopgap EP to placate eager beavers until the real deal; only catch is few tunes here are completely new and none are really worth waiting for. B PLUS (*)

 

all we areALL WE ARE – All We Are (Domino): Coldplay as distilled disco. B PLUS (*)

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