In Brief: Lyrically, Fingers Crossed is a harrowing tale of a man’s guilt, anguish, and possible loss of faith in the messy aftermath of an extramarital affair. Musically, it’s mostly a low-key mixture of acoustic coffeehouse-type material and electronica. 13 tracks and over an hour of music in this vein can be an incredibly difficult listen for both reasons, but I have to admit that a few of the confessions and insights offered here are darkly fascinating.
Here are my first impressions of the latest releases from Lights, Cool Hand Luke, Marah in the Mainsail, Passion Pit, Derek Webb, Queens of the Stone Age, St. Vincent, and Kevin Max.
I’ve decided to start listing a rundown at the end of the month, of whatever I listened to during that time that was newly released, or at least new to me. For the first installment, I’ll give my brief impressions of the latest releases from Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Derek Webb, Chvrches, Haim, Owel, Rosanne Cash, and Switchfoot. Full reviews to follow on most of these in the coming months…
In Brief: It takes some patience to get into its odd blend of sounds, but Ctrl is a unique and worthwhile entry in Webb’s prolific discography.
In Brief: You go, girl! Danielle Young really shines on this album. The band overall, while musically subdued, seems to have grown a lot when given complete creative freedom.
In Brief: Better than most “worship albums” on the market these days, but not as good as anyof Jars of Clay’s previous albums. 3.5 stars.
We’ve reached the end of the list now. These are the albums that represent the cream of the crop in the ginormous stack of CDs I’ve accumulated over the last ten years – the heart and soul of the things that get me most excited about music.