While "This Is All Yours" is most notable for its standout tracks -- "Every Other Freckle," "Hunger of the Pine" and "Left Hand Free" -- the rest of alt-J's latest effort is much more than filler to round out the radio-friendly tunes. Rather, "This Is All Yours" is a slow-paced album of well-constructed, meditative synth-pop, punctuated by three standout tracks.
Seattle, thank you. You were sunlight and summer for three straight days, saving your typically relentless rain for the personalized autograph of a goodbye drizzle -- a little reassurance found with just a closer look.
I've always been the kind of person that doesn't like to limit myself to one genre of music, and this year was perfect for that.
When you see a band for the fourth time, you start to notice weaknesses. On Monday I saw Grouplove for the fourth time in half that many years. Some of the band's flaws became more than apparent.