Fever Daydream
Fever Daydream

The Black Queen

Fever Daydream

January 29, 2016

Alternative/Indie Rock

Taking the digital sheen from Telefon Tel Aviv, the hard-edged industrial beats from NIN, and the futuristic-throwback soundscapes of M83, the Black Queen sound like Depeche Mode spinning Pretty Hate Machine from the seediest back alley of the Blade Runner universe, like on standout jam "Secret Scream," which throbs with a carnal, digital hip-hop beat.

- Neil Z. Yeung

Long Distance Voyager
Long Distance Voyager

The Moody Blues

Long Distance Voyager

1981

Album Rock

Progressive rock bands stumbled into the '80s, some with the crutch of commercial concessions under one arm, which makes the Moody Blues' elegant entrance via Long Distance Voyager all the more impressive. While they may steal a page or two from the Electric Light Orchestra's recent playbook, the Moodies are careful to play their game: dreamy, intelligent songs at once sophisticated and simple.

- Dave Connolly