Reviewed: Beastie Boys Return to Form; Radiohead's New Electro-Ballads

Also: Stream new music by Of Montreal, An Horse, Steve Earle, Explosions in the Sky, Justice and EMA

April 26, 2011 10:50 AM ET
Reviewed: Beastie Boys Return to Form; Radiohead's New Electro-Ballads

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone album reviews, Rob Sheffield praises the Beastie Boys' long-awaited Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, saying that "the Beasties sound exactly like themselves, cutting loose without straining to fit anyone else's idea of relevance." Will Hermes is less fond of Airborne Toxic Event's new record, All at Once, which he says suffers from an overbearing seriousness and lack of subtlety. Hermes does like Steve Earle's polished new country-rock record, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, and Jon Dolan digs the way the Australian duo An Horse "re-purpose two generations of girl-powered indie pop."

On the singles front, Sheffield reviews both "superb electro ballads" from Radiohead's Record Store Day single, as well as EMA's haunting, Sinead O'Connor-esque song "California."


Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (stream full album)

Of Montreal, thecontrollersphere (stream one song)

An Horse, Walls (stream one song)

Explosions in the Sky, Take Care Take Care Take Care (stream one song)

Steve Earle, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (stream one song)

Airborne Toxic Event, All at Once (stream one song)


Radiohead, "Supercollider" (stream)

Radiohead, "The Butcher" (stream)

EMA, "California" (stream)

Justice, "Civilization" (stream)

LAST WEEK: Lady Gaga's Button-Pushing 'Judas'; My Morning Jacket's Blissful New Single

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