HEALTH – DEATH MAGIC

The Loudness Wars are over. One of the last over the trenches were L.A. band HEALTH, though their contributions to the victorious effort – measured in the maximalism of modern pop music – were overshadowed by the final wave of reinforcements. In the wake of the searing synths of their compatriots Crystal Castles, the drum-machine…

Top 10 Albums of 2012 – Part 2 (5-1)

5. Kendrick Lamar – good kid m.A.A.d city Carefully constructed hip-hop production helmed by Lamar’s confident, languid flow and – most importantly – a distinct personality shining through. Highlight: Good Kid 4. Graham Coxon – A+E Until this album, I’d assumed I loved Blur thanks to Damon Albarn. A+E, filled with jagged, fuzzy guitar pop…

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (III) (2012)

The abrasive attitude that was so exciting about Crystal Castles’ early work has faded away on (III) in preference of a dreamier sound. If their debut was a grimy in-your-face concert, this album is a cold labyrinth, Alice’s voice coming from the depths, buried under sinister swaths and pulses of sound. (III) embraces complexity that…