What's Hot
What's Going On

Calendar

Search thousands of events in our database.

Restaurants

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Nightlife

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Orlando Daily Deals powered by ReferLocal

OW on Twitter
OW on Facebook
Print Email

Music

Album Reviews

Reviews of albums by Band of Horses, Dinosaur Jr., and Pet Shop Boys

Photo: , License: N/A

Photo: , License: N/A

Photo: , License: N/A


Band of Horses
Mirage Rock
(Columbia)
★★★
Shedding entirely the melancholic, buried-in-the-mix indie leanings that lent their non-regional twang its edge, Band of Horses underwhelm with this set of brightly lit, straightforward country rockers. In recent years, Horses mastermind Ben Bridwell got himself a wife and kids, and domestic mortality is on his mind here: "How to Live" projects his fears outward – "Guess what? You're getting old. Still gotta grow up," he advises – but on other tracks, like "Dumpster World," which sounds like an America B-side, he admits, "I'm getting old." But does "old" have to be synonymous with "bland?"
– Justin Strout

Dinosaur Jr.
I Bet on Sky
(Jagjaguwar)
★★★★
J. Mascis and Lou Barlow make mean-
ingful magic together, and perhaps their famous feud ended with the realization that neither of them alone could make an album like I Bet on Sky. Although press releases bragging about "original lineups" play off fantasy, the dream of the 1990s guitar solo is alive in songs like "Almost Fare" and "Recognition." Although Beyond and the ultra-hooky Farm are stronger, Dinosaur Jr. have completed a triumvirate of albums that are undeniably triumphant.
– Allie Conti

Pet Shop Boys
Elysium
(Astralwerks)
★★★★★
Following the inflate-and-pop
bubblegum audacity of 2009's Yes, Elysium finds Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe mostly paused in midtempo wistful rumination reminiscent of the downcast glances of 1990's gorgeous "Being Boring." Even lead single "Winner" – Olympic as it may come off – warns, "Let's enjoy it all while it lasts." As a result, Elysium, recorded in sunny California with producer Andrew Dawson (Kanye West!), washes with the wet-eyed sincerity of warm afterthought – except when it doesn't. "I am my own demographic. What does that say about me?" asks the wry "Ego Music." It says you're legendary, of course.

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus