Album Reviews

Album reviews and new music previews from the latest releases by upcoming bands and indie record labels.

Review of 'Black Messiah' By D'Angelo, for northern Transmissions

Review Of ‘Black Messiah’ By D’Angelo

Artist: D’Angelo and the Vanguard Album: Black Messiah Label: RCA Rating: 8.7 Well all knew that the new D’Angelo album was going to drop soon. He returned to the stage in 2012 and had been playing some new jams here and there live, all immediately arresting for any of the people lucky to catch them. […]

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Review of 'Sucker' By Charli XCX, by Doug Bleggi, the album is now out via Neon Gold

Review of ‘Sucker’ by Charli XCX

Artist: Charli XCX Album: Sucker Label: Alantic/Neon Gold Rating: 8.2 Does anyone else in the pop landscape represents female-voiced, left-of-center weirdo Top 40 pop the way Charli XCX does? Lorde has had indie appeal, but her minimalist pop goes more for sage storyteller, rather than the slumber party pop rock. Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga […]

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Review of 'Awake' Deluxe Version by Tycho, the album features remixes by Beacon, Bibio, Com truise

Review Of ‘Awake’ Deluxe Version By Tycho

Artist: Tycho Album: Awake (Deluxe Version) Label: Ghostly International Rating: 8.8/10 Tycho (Scott Hansen) is back to give us a deluxe version of his album Awake, released earlier in the year. The original album is an amazing landscape of dream pop mixed with a little dash of post-punk. The bass is so prominent and heavy […]

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Review of 'när-kə' the new album from Pony Bwoy, the full-length comes out December 9th,

Review of ‘när-kə’ The New LP By Pony Bwoy

Artist: Pony Bwoy Album: när-kə Label: Self Rating: 6.4 By the end of beginning of 1991, alternative rock finally broke through to the mainstream. It hit its glass ceiling somewhere around the end of 1994, with the following year ushering in a new era of streamlined alternative. Throughout the next three years, the returns diminished […]

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'A Los Campesinos! Christmas EP' out December 8th on Turnstile/Heart Swells

Review Of ‘A Los Campesinos! Christmas EP’

Artist: Los Campesinos! Album: A Los Campesinos! Christmas EP Label: Turnstiles/Heart Swells Rating: 8.0 How does one make a good Christmas album? If you’re a huge star like Michael Bublé or Idina Menzel, it doesn’t really matter – just turn the mic on, release it in November and watch the money roll in. But artists […]

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Review of the new album by Canopies 'Maximize Your Faith' out December 8 via Forged Artifacts

Review Of ‘Maximize Your Faith’ By Canopies

Artist: Canopies – Album: Maximize Your Faith Rating: 6.3 Label: Forged Artifacts On December 9th, Canopies will return with ther latest album, Maximize Your Faith. The lead up to the album has seen the band getting notable press in some high-profile publications. Of the first single, Entertainment Weekly suggested listeners could “spend multiple listens peeling […]

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Review of 'South of No North' by Alexander Wildwood

Review Of The New ‘Alexander Wildwood’ EP

Artist: Alexander Wildwood Album: South of No North EP Label: Self-Released Rating: 3.1 I hate to bring myself too much into any review that I write, but I feel I have to with the debut EP by Alexander Wildwood, South of No North. I have personal issues with bad reviews of indie artists. It’s always […]

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Northern Transmissions reviews music from the world of independent music. Its focus is on independent music, especially indie rock. However, the range of musical genres covered extends to pop, hip hop, folk, jazz, heavy metal, experimental, and various forms of electronic dance music. The site, not only concentrates on new music. Journalists for Northern Transmissions also review reissued albums and box sets. In 2010 Charles Brownstein, left his day job selling shoes and created Northern Transmissions. Influenced by Indie rock, Record stores, and Sirius XMU Bloggers. Brownstein had no previous writing or blogging. He wanted to create a more independent website where he could pick bands and artists that he liked.


In 2010 Charles Brownstein, left his day job selling shoes and created Northern Transmissions. Influenced by Indie rock, Record stores, and Sirius XMU Bloggers. Brownstein had no previous writing or blogging. He wanted to create a more independent website where he could pick bands and artists that he liked.


Northern Transmissions covers new music on a daily basis. It has a staff of roughly eight writers who all have a passion for various types of independent music. The site prides itself on being fiercely independent and honest in its coverage of albums. Northern Transmissions has never deleted any reviews, even recently rating one of indie rocks biggest act Arctic Monkeys with a score of four out of ten, for the bands latest release AM.


Labels that Northern Transmissions frequently covers releases from include Captured Tracks, Sub Pop, Matador, 4AD, XX Recordings, Slumberland records, Mom + Pop Records, Fat Possum, Hardly Art, Bella Union Records, Burger Records, DFA, Drag City, Domino Recordings, Downtown Records, Fat Cat, Flying Nun, Fools Gold,Frenchkiss, Iamsound, Jajaguwar, Secretly Canadian, Polyvinyl, Kanine, K, Kill, Rock Stars, Mexican Summer, Merge, Memphis Industries, Modular People, Mute, Ninja Tune, OWSLA, Sacred Bones, Saddle Creek, Stones Throw, Suicide Squeeze, Vagrant, Verve, Vice, Western Vinyl, Wichita Recordings, Woodsist and many more.


Northern Transmissions main goal is to forever provide its readers with reviews of records that we our selves would listen to. If myself or writers from Northern Transmissions wouldnt take the time to listen to an artist or band, we would never want to write about it.