Album Reviews

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

Review Of ‘Tough Love’ By Jessie Ware

on Jessie Ware’s debut album Devotion, she touched on a version of sexy that hadn’t been explored in a long time. They were songs about devotion, and the concept had never seemed so sensual before. Now on Tough Love, not only has she done it again, but she’s crafted an album of excellent soft pop tunes that one can put on when the lights are low, or when one wants to hear a true emotional spirit

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Review of Mark Lanegan Band's new album 'Phantom Radio

Review of Mark Lanegan Band ‘Phantom Radio’

Mark Lanegan is best known for his rugged voice and doomed lyrics. His rustic voice has a thorny croon to it that one would imagine the Grim Reaper would have if he sang. On Lanegan’s new album, he pairs his unique instrument with a set of songs that look to pair his unique instrument with sounds that range from post punk, to western, to marginalized triphop. Naturally those don’t all sit well together. While Lanegan’s work within other groups like Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Trees, and the Gutter Twins:

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Review of Review Of Scott Walker + Sunn O)))'s 'Soused'

Review Of Scott Walker + Sunn O)))’s ‘Soused’

“The world must be finally ending because the soundtrack is done and ready – Scott Walker with Sunn O))).” Low said it best when describing Walker’s avant-garde epic collaboration with sonic titans Sunn O))). A singer known universally for his breadth of work, from ’60s pop to audio experimentalist to master of theatrics, no two records in his half-century of experience have come away sounding remotely:

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Thurston Moore's new album 'The Best Day' Reviewed by Northern Transmissions

Review Of ‘The Best Day’ By Thurston Moore

Since Sonic Youth’s unofficial, but pretty evident end after the divorce of its power couple Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, the band’s members have been keeping fairly busy. Lee Ranaldo was the first member to release a solo record, the respectable Between the Tides and the Time, in 2012, which followed with Last Night On Earth with a backing band now dubbed the Dust. Drummer Steve Shelley:

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Stars' new album 'No One Is Lost' reviewed by Northern Transmissions

Review of Stars’ New Album ‘No One Is lost’

The music of 1984 and 1994 seem light years apart, but Star’s 2004 breakthrough Set Yourself On Fire still doesn’t feel that long ago, and their new record No One Is Lost, sounds like it could have feasibly been its follow up, rather than their seventh album. Set Yourself was a monumental release:

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Review of Kindness' new album 'Female Energy' out October 14th on Otherness

Review of Kindness’ New LP ‘Otherness’

Late last fall, Devonte Hynes solidified his status as one of this decade’s most breaking and vital songwriter/producers when he dropped his second album as Blood Orange, the delicately perfect heartbreaker, Cupid Deluxe. While the record was the culmination of Hynes’ progress, having false starts in Test Icicles, and as Lightspeed Champion:

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The Bots' new album 'Pink Palms' review Northern Transmissions, their album comes out on October 14

Review of The Bots’ New Album ‘Pink Palms’

When you consider The Bots are fresh faced young scamps, it makes the title of their debut LP, ‘Pink Palms’ sound like an activity adolescent dudes get up to when their parents aren’t home and the child lock has been lifted from the internet. The Californian duo are made up of Anaiah and Mikaiah Lei – handling drums and vocals/guitar respectively. ‘Pink Palms’ fizzes with a youthful exuberance but instead of being a quick shuffle through garage-punk’s:

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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.