6 items by Sophie Weiner

  • Kitten

    Kitten | ALBUM REVIEW

    This L.A. act's debut LP sounds great when 19-year-old singer Chloe Chaidez is delivering huge, dramatic hooks over New Wave-styled jams like the breathless opener, "Like a Stranger." It falters when the band indulges in...

    July 9, 2014 1:15 PM ET
  • What Is This Heart?

    What Is This Heart? | ALBUM REVIEW

    Tom Krell, the velvet voice of How to Dress Well, is at his best when he's most vulnerable. His early recordings were grief-stricken and raw; subsequent releases have expanded and refined his sound without ever quite reaching...

    June 24, 2014 12:05 AM ET
  • Habitat

    Habitat | ALBUM REVIEW

    Austra's new EP is the sound of an act that's defined by its singer being left to its own devices. The single "Habitat" is up there with the Canadian electronic trio's catchiest tunes to date,...

    June 17, 2014 12:10 AM ET
  • House of Spirits

    House of Spirits | ALBUM REVIEW

    San Francisco's Fresh and Onlys have been pumping out melancholy garage rock since 2008. On their fifth LP, they explore noisier tendencies: "Bells of Paonia," a wistful highlight, is laden with shoegaze-y distortion. Lead singer Tim Cohen's...

    June 10, 2014 12:05 AM ET
  • Do It Again

    Do It Again | ALBUM REVIEW

    Swedish pop queen Robyn's partnership with the Norwegian duo Röyksopp on this five-song EP lets her relax her typically skintight songwriting into contemplative jams that fade out as slowly as a sunset. "Monument," the best...

    May 23, 2014 11:40 AM ET
  • I Never Learn

    I Never Learn | ALBUM REVIEW

    Lykke Li's music has always felt a degree removed, her dreamy melodies sung through a fog. The Swedish singer-songwriter's last album, 2011's Wounded Rhymes, was her catchiest yet. This follow-up confronts a more deliberate...

    April 29, 2014 2:05 PM ET