Albums: Nov. 9/16, 2012 |


Albums: Nov. 9/16, 2012

Reviews of the latest songs from Soundgarden, Angel Haze, and more

Soundgarden, King Animal
The grunge godfathers top-load their first full-length in 16 years with fast-paced sludgers like the tepid single ”Been Away Too Long”; skip to the latter half, home of Stonesian psych flourishes (”Attrition”) and a bluesy power ballad called, appropriately, ”Halfway There.” BKyle Anderson

Angel Haze, Classick
The heavily hyped rapper just signed a major-label contract this summer, and her latest mixtape overflows with the confrontational swagger of a woman in hip-hop’s turbulent trenches. ”Cleaning Out My Closet,” a brutally graphic sexual-abuse narrative, is the sort of unforgettable calling card that turns underground heroes into mainstream phenoms. A-Kyle Anderson

Graveyard, Lights Out
Though they hail from the dark tundra of Sweden, Graveyard’s scuzzy psychedelic metal is pure California desert. Their third album chugs like a Stockholm freight train with a Queens of the Stone Age caboose — barreling through the speedy head trip ”Endless Night” and the swampy stomp ”The Suits, the Law & the Uniforms.” A-Kyle Anderson

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