New Reviews for May 24, 2024

ClancyEditor's choice
Atlantic / Fueled by Ramen Records
The Ohio super duo end their multi-album, metaphorical mythology with yet another genre-blurring collection.
- Neil Z. Yeung
Capitol / Polydor
The Modfather is in a mellow, reflective mood on this supple, playful album.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sunday Morning Put-OnEditor's choice
Loma Vista
The eclectic violinist goes all-in for jazz on this subtle, evocative exploration of the Great American Songbook.
- Mark Deming
Baby JEditor's choice
Drag City
Now available on physical formats, the Emmy-winning comedian takes a darker, long-form turn with a special chronicling addiction and rehab.
- Marcy Donelson
News of the Universe
Sub Pop
Shana Cleveland and her bandmates embrace maturity and musical growth on their engaging fifth album.
- Mark Deming
Frog in Boiling WaterEditor's choice
Concord / Fantasy
The band's despondently beautiful fourth album pairs songs about a world falling apart with seductive sonics and a little bit of hope.
- Heather Phares
Walking After DarkEditor's choice
Trouble in Mind
The double album from this psychedelic collective splits its time evenly between sleepless, observational, lyrical songs and free-floating jams.
- Fred Thomas
PlacentaEditor's choice
International Anthem
The Los Angeles-based producer and percussionist assembles a wonderful cast for a conceptual album centered on birth and parenthood.
- Thom Jurek
Bible of Dreams
AllMusic Staff Pick - May 26, 2024
June 20, 1997
Juno Reactor was envisioned as an art project rather than a conventional music group, and they progressed from being a popular club act to an ambitious, multi-cultural performing ensemble. Building on the goa trance sound of their early work, their fourth album incorporates industrial textures and unconventional rhythms, with South African percussion ensemble Amampondo playing on "Conga Fury" and touring with the group, while Natacha Atlas sings on the mesmerizing "God Is God." The band's music became more bombastic as they contributed more heavily to movie soundtracks and video games, but Bible of Dreams still holds up as their best record.
- Paul Simpson