Album Review

KUMD Album Review: The Shins

19 hours ago
The Shins

Self-produced and recorded, James Mercer debuts his first album as the sole proprietor of The Shins. Purging the other band members in 2008 due to creative circumstance propelled Mercer to grudgingly throw himself into the limelight for Heartworms.

KUMD Album Review: Rachael Kilgour

Mar 22, 2017
Rachael Kilgour

Rachael Kilgour | Rabbit in the Road

Minnesota native, Rachael Kilgour explores unmarked territory in her latest release Rabbit in the Road. Known for her lyrics on social issues, Kilgour puts her activism on hold and searches inward for cathartic release after a failed marriage.

KUMD Album Review: Jonwayne

Mar 15, 2017
Jonwayne

Jonwayne | Rap Album Two

Jon Wayne is a rapper from California who kicked himself off the football team and into the theater group at his high school. Stepping off the sports field and into one filled with words and expression was his first into becoming Jonwayne. Sharing the same stage name as the actor is actually a homage to his ancestor from the American Revolutionary War: General “Mad” Anthony Wayne.

KUMD Album Review: Sinkane

Mar 1, 2017
Sinkane

Sinkane | Life & Livin' It

Sinkane’s third album, Life & Livin’ It, is a special kind of animal. 

KUMD Album Review: A$AP Mob

Feb 22, 2017
A$AP Mob

There has long been a sort of familial structure behind some of the most successful entities in the rap game. Hip-hop families such as Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Junior M.A.F.I.A and Death Row are representative of collectives that wield longstanding success.

KUMD Album Review: Dead Man Winter

Feb 15, 2017
Dead Man Winter

Trampled by Turtles may be on hiatus, but frontman Dave Simonett is here to see Duluthians through the winter with his latest release Furnace.

KUMD Album Review: Run the Jewels

Feb 8, 2017
Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels | Run the Jewels 3

Run The Jewels 3 — The third release in a simultaneously fresh, yet familiar series begins with a song titled, “Down,” in which Killer Mike raps, “I hope with the highest of hopes that I never have to go back to the trap and my days of dealing with dope”. This song speaks to the magnitude of success that Run The Jewels has had since releasing Run The Jewels in 2013 and Run The Jewels 2 in 2014.

KUMD Album Review: Heat

Feb 1, 2017
Heat

Overnight is an experiment with the minimalism rock was once synonymous with. Heat, a Montreal based rock band, has made their effort at bringing it back. 

KUMD Album Review: Landlady

Jan 25, 2017
Landlady

Landlady, a self-proclaimed experimental band, has coined their music as “adventure pop.” 

KUMD Album Review: Slow Hollows

Jan 18, 2017

L.A. based Slow Hollows formed in 2013, but don’t start putting boxes around this indie rock band. 

KUMD Album Review: David Dondero

Jan 11, 2017
David Dondero

David Dondero | Inside the Cat's Eye

A jack of all trades from bartending to carpentry, David Dondero deals out another sound release as a musician. Released after the New Year, Inside the Cat’s Eyes is a ten track album that at times seems to flow like a short story.

KUMD Album Review: Ab-Soul

Jan 4, 2017
Ab-Soul

Ab-Soul | Do What Thou Wilt

Carson, California, rapper, Ab-Soul has long been known for embracing all parts of his consciousness. Now he’s back. 

KUMD Album Review: J. Cole

Dec 28, 2016

Fayetteville rapper and Dreamville Records founder, J. Cole tells a powerful story on his newest album, 4 Your Eyez Only. The album differs from Cole's previous releases– The Sideline Story, Born Sinner and 2014 Forest Hills Drive– but make no mistake; this is J. Cole at his finest. 

4 Your Eyez Only showcases the life and the legacy of Cole’s childhood friend, James McMillan Jr. — Wanna be rapper gone drug dealer — who serves as a symbol for the struggles faced by black America.

KUMD Album Review: Dr. Dog

Dec 21, 2016
Dr. Dog

This has become a year that won’t be forgotten. For whatever reason someone felt personally victimized by 2016, one thing is for sure, countless influential and inspiring music releases have been a saving grace. Dr. Dog adds themselves to that list with the release of their second album this year, Abandoned Mansion.

KUMD Album Review: Childish Gambino

Dec 14, 2016
Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino | Awaken, My Love!

In retrospect, the signs of what was to come from the mind of Childish Gambino were all there. It was all too obvious. Yet there was no way to prepare for the bombshell that is the eleven tracks of Awaken, My Love! Not even the more soulful moments of his previous release, Kauai, are enough to explain what’s about to take place.

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