Camera Obscura - Desire Lines 2013 Album Review

Camera Obscura has taken another step in the direction of sounding like an American band, specifically, a band that might be on American AM radio in the 60's or 70's. Fans of earlier Camera Obscura albums will find Desire Lines to be a logical progression from My Maudlin Career, although it's really only a small step considering four years have passed since that album. Production is a bit more polished, perhaps, but the songs themselves come from the same general direction. And it's a good direction.

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City Album Review


With each record is seems that Vampire Weekend expands their unique sound ever so slightly. The summertime pop and world beats of their debut and the electronic loops and mellow ballads of Contra are all here, albeit with a fresh coat of paint and some challenging instrumentation that demands repeated listens. With Modern Vampires of the City they've crafted some of their finest work yet and have dispelled any doubts about whether they could survive beyond the initial hype that first surrounded them.

Pistol Annies - Annie Up Album Review

This is the Pistol Annies' second album, and they have continued to put forth great music! I happen to be a fan of the Annies, so this is coming from a fan. I loved their first album, so I was very excited when the new one came out. They are not only three talented vocalists, but they are also gifted songwriters. Every song on this album was written by 1, 2 or all three of the Annies.

The album starts off with the song "I Feel a Sin Comin' On". I think it's one of the best songs on the album! It starts out with Miranda Lambert singing in a sultry a cappella. The first part of the song is sung in a cappella with each of the girls (Miranda, Angie, and Ashley) taking a verse. Then the song goes into a sultry melody to match the mood of the song. I think this song is very nicely done. It's one of my favorites.