T here have been a lot of record releases worth some attention this fall, but time and space restrictions keep us from reviewing all of them.
That's a bummer, so we're going to rewind to the first week of September and rundown some of the records we didn't review, but that you should still listen to.
Two Door Cinema Club, Beacon
Interviews with Two Door Cinema Club surrounding the Brit band's sophomore record revealed that they were mentally and physically far away from a dingier British setting. The record came out of time spent in California, soaking up sunshine, and the good vibes are noticeable. Song titles like "Sun" and "New Year" are an indication of that, and the latter opens the record establishing a cheery mood. Alex Trimble's vocals sound clear and confident and catchy indie rock hooks abound.
Thee Oh Sees, Putrifiers II
If you're not into fuzzed-out garage rock, move right along. Wait, maybe not. Thee Oh Sees is sounding a little more studio-friendly and psyched-out this time around. There are some string and woodwind sounds, and no shortage of friendly melodies. But never fear, there's still tons of fuzz and edge.
G.O.O.D. Music, Cruel Summer
Alright, much of what makes this G.O.O.D. Music tag-team worth listening to is the spectacle of a group of great rappers and producers working together. The final product won't blow you away like a solo effort from Kanye, Jay-Z, Common or Pusha T (all on the record) might, but it's still pretty enjoyable. The piling on gets to be too much on "The Morning," which includes Raekwon, Pusha-T, Common, 2 Chainz, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi and D'Banj. Tracks like "Clique" -- with its razor-sharp precision and bouncing swagger -- more than make up for it.
Dinosaur Jr., I Bet on Sky
If you're having trouble keeping track of alt-rock veterans Dinosaur Jr., it's OK. But for some context, know that this is the band's third album since it reunited in 2005. Rather than trudging on for reasons of money, or boredom, or reliving glory -- like some reunited bands tend to do -- Dinosaur Jr. has continued to make good music. I Bet on Sky is chilled-out and happy, only getting a little gloomy on a couple tracks. It's comfortable alt-rock -- some catchy hooks and up-tempo rhythms with a little melancholy and, out of left field, a touch of funk.
Flying Lotus, Until the Quiet Comes
Sam Goldner wrote about this album a bit for us, but it won't hurt to reiterate. The Los Angeles beat maker made a dream of an album -- it takes weird turns, morphs and evolves constantly and can be totally weird, but it somehow all makes sense. It's a canyon of electronic psychedelia that sounds good on the surface, but rewards a deeper listen.