Boys & Girls
It has been a total of 7 days since the debut release of Athens, Georgia based band Alabama Shakes, but with the publicity and hype surrounding the album, you’d think they’ve been around forever. Maybe that’s partly due to the fact that they sound like they have been around for forever. Honestly, this album could have been released in 1972 and you wouldn’t think anything different of it. It is arguably one of the most classic/timeless sounding albums that has been dropped since The Black Keys first hit the scene in 2002. Like I had already stated, the album has received much praise and hype in the past week, and it seems to be very warranted.
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Yes, I may be almost a year late, but I’m glad I didn’t miss the bus completely. These new indie rockers who hail from Portlandia released a very under-appreciated album last year, and it’s about time we at LxL gave them some “cred”. Had I heard this album last year, it definitely would have been at least discussed to make one of the end of the year lists. However, since I am just recently discovering the band and album, a year after the fact, I feel compelled to talk it up.
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Lana Del Rey
Born to Die
From the very get-go, people questioned Lana’s legitimacy. She seemed like a great catch at first, but she was only a YouTube sensation without a full album. Her voice is deep and dark, and has this classic feel to it that catches your attention instantly. Meanwhile, the music backing her is almost more intriguing than her voice. Hip/hop beats, beautiful baroque orchestration, and sadcore synth stylings all fused together. Because she seems so original, and seems to have a stunning voice paired with such dynamic music production, it catches people off guard, and they gravitate towards it instantly. On the surface this seems great, and in some ways, it really is. However, if you’re digging for substance you may come up a little empty handed. Nonetheless, the album hit it big on the charts, topping at #2 in the US, and selling about as well across the rest of the globe which garnered her overrated reviews by the “indie” critics and famously positive reviews by the “label” critics. Playing out exactly as expected if you break this down.
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