Archive for Five-Word Record Reviews

Castaways and Cutouts

Castaways and Cutouts Album Cover

The Decemberists, Castaways and Cutouts
Hush Records, 2002
3 Stars

Builds up but never resolves.

Le Tigre

Le Tigre Album Cover

Le Tigre, Le Tigre
Mr. Lady Records, 1999
2 Stars

Musical competence suffocated by “activism.”

What’s Going On

What’s Going On Album Cover

Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On
Motown Records, 1971
5 Stars

More than just love songs.

What's Going On

What’s Going On Album Cover

Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On
Motown Records, 1971
5 Stars

More than just love songs.

Leaders of the Free World

Leaders of the Free World Album Cover

Elbow, Leaders of the Free World
V2 Records, 2006
3 Stars

Fun but lacks in uniqueness.

Hounds of Love

Hounds of Love Album Cover

Kate Bush, Hounds of Love
EMI Music, 1985
3 Stars

Decent but not worth revisiting.

The Black Light

The Black Light Album Cover

Calexico, The Black Light
Quarterstick Records, 1998
4 Stars

If Sigur Rós were Mexican.

Highway 61 Revisited

Highway 61 Revisited Album Cover

Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited
Columbia Records, 1965
5 Stars

A triumph in honest songwriting.

Chosen Lords

Chosen Lords Album Cover

AFX, Chosen Lords
Rephlex Records, 2006
3 Stars

Reasonably accessible for Richard James.

12 Songs

12 Songs Album Cover

Randy Newman, 12 Songs
Reprise Records, 1970
4 Stars

Wanted: fully realized song endings.