Stiff
Stiff

White Denim

Stiff

March 25, 2016

Alternative/Indie Rock

White Denim went through a lineup change just prior to this album (half of the band left to play with Leon Bridges), but Stiff still retains their familiar tightly-wound psych jam backbone. Relentlessly positive and bouncing, the first two tracks explode off the turntable with soulful yowls and oddball song structures, and the album just continues on in the same vein from there.

- Zac Johnson

Born to Die
Born to Die

Lana Del Rey

Born to Die

January 30, 2012

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

How far she's come. Back in 2012, she arrived atop a wave of hype with her hybrid, hip-hop alterna-pop before drastically switching styles to a throwback sound drenched in nostalgic, gilded American drama. Whether her debut was authentic or not, it's still her catchiest and most accessible. Aside from '10s classics like "Video Games" and "Summertime Sadness," "National Anthem" and "Radio" are but two of the most delectable goodies here. Album six arrives this month.

- Neil Z. Yeung