What To Shop For – 2019

Here are QRO's top-rated album reviews of the year....
What To Shop For - 2015

What To Shop For - 2019

Here are QRO’s top-rated album reviews of the year:

 

Joseph Arthur – Come Back World
Long-serving NYC musician Joseph Arthur has been no stranger to emotion, but maybe taps into it as best he’s ever done on Come Back World. Read more…
Joseph Arthur : Come Back World
Duncan Barlow – Colony Collapse
Coming from the background of playing with a variety of well known political and indie musicians, all while fronting the hardcore group Endpoint, the Duncan Barlow release Colony Collapse is a project, and being a project first and foremost is complicated. Read more…
Duncan Barlow : Colony Collapse
Bear Hands – Fake Tunes
Brooklyn’s Bear Hands actually pull off putting indie-rock sounds over tech/hip-hop beats. Read more…
Bear Hands : Fake Tunes
Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center
The softer side of indie, more country/folk, has had lots of great voices break out, but then soon get lost in the din as other great voices break out. Read more…
Better Oblivion Community Center : Better Oblivion Community Center
Andrew Bird – My Finest Work Yet
Andrew Bird has long been a ‘musician’s musician,’ a multi-instrumentalist doing everything from violin to whistling, a solo artist with grandeur. Read more…
Andrew Bird : My Finest Work Yet
Broken Social Scene – Let’s Try the After Vol. 1
Beloved Canadian alt-collective Broken Social Scene have done some different things. Read more…
Broken Social Scene : Let's Try the After Vol. 1 EP
Broken Social Scene – Let’s Try the After Vol. 2
Let’s Try the After Vol. 2 manages to pack the alt-collective’s diverse greatness into just five songs, though leans more towards their airy side. Read more…
Broken Social Scene : Let's Try For the After Vol. 2 EP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
There are precious few artists like Nice Cave. Read more…
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds : Ghosteen
The Claypool Lennon Delirium – South of Reality
Music fans know the obvious with The Claypool Lennon Delirium, that they are funky, weird, and rocking, all reasonable adjectives their own right. Read more…
The Lennon Claypool Delirium : South of Reality
Death Cab for Cutie – Blue EP
Death Cab for Cutie have a way with EPs. Read more…
Death Cab for Cutie : The Blue EP
Delicate Steve – Till I Burn Up
Delicate Steve is a unique artist to be sure, but so are a lot of instrumentalists. Read more…
Delicate Steve : Till I Burn Up
Elbow – Giants of All Sizes
Elbow are chronicling our tragic times. Read more…
Elbow : Giants of All Sizes
The Felice Brothers – Undress
A decade or so ago, Americana was all the rage, and families of men broke out like the Avetts, the Mumfords, and the Felices. Read more…
The Felice Brothers : Undress
The Flaming Lips – King’s Mouth
For a very long time, The Flaming Lips have stood out. Read more…
The Flaming Lips : King's Mouth
Flight of the Conchords – Live In London
Flight of the Conchords return! Read more…
Flight of the Conchords : Live In London
Jonathan – To Hold
Croatia’s Jonathan deliver big tragedy on sophomore release To Hold. Read more…
Jonathan : To Hold
The Joy Formidable – A Balloon Called Moaning (10th Anniversary Edition)
A decade on, The Joy Formidable has released an anniversary edition of A Balloon Called Moaning, with a whole second disc of the songs acoustic & in their native tongue, Welsh. Read more…
The Joy Formidable : A Balloon Called Moaning (10th Anniversary Edition)
Alex Lahey – The Best of Luck Club
Two years ago, Australia’s Alex Lahey put out the phenomenal debut I Love You Like a Brother. Read more…
Alex Lahey : The Best of Luck Club
The Lemonheads – Varshons 2
Evan Dando releases a second set of covers, Varshons 2. Read more…
The Lemonheads : Varshons 2
Local Natives – Violet Street
New Yorkers might believe that indie music revolves around Brooklyn, but just as essential is Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. Read more…
Local Natives : Violet Street
Mail the Horse – Mail the Horse
Self-titled Mail The Horse unquestionably delivers a fun and also personal feeling. Read more…
Mail the Horse : Mail the Horse
Meat Puppets – Dusty Notes
A rebellious anomaly in music, the Meat Puppets have always been all over the place. Read more…
Meat Puppets : Dusty Notes
Minor Stars – Through Pinholes To the Sky
Minor Stars are a sludge band in the truest sense. Read more…
Minor Stars : Through Pinholes To the Sky
Bob Mould – Sunshine Rock
Sunshine Rock is another powerful release from this powerful artist. Read more…
Bob Mould : Sunshine Rock
The National – I Am Easy To Find
The National have become one of the biggest bands in indie-rock, as well as one of the most ambitious Read more…
The National : I Am Easy To Find
Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
All Mirrors is heartbreaking in its confession, while also epic in its sound. Read more…
Angel Olsen : All Mirrors
Ravens & Chimes – The Empty House
QRO is very happy to report that Brooklyn favorite Ravens & Chimes are back with the great indie power-pop of The Empty House. Read more…
Ravens & Chimes : The Empty House
Pick It Up! Ska In the ’90s DVD
For music fans of a specific age, there was this halcyon period in the nineties when ska was big. Read more…
Pick It Up! Ska In the 90's DVD
Pixies – Beneath the Eyrie
In days gone by, a new Pixies album was always the subject of widespread anticipation. Read more…
Pixies : Beneath the Eyrie
Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains
Purple Mountains will forever stand as David Berman’s final piece of art. Read more…
Purple Mountains : Purple Mountains
The Raconteurs – Help Us Stranger
Chet Atkins once famously said of Les Paul that he, “Never played a note in bad taste.” Read more…
The Raconteurs : Help Us Stranger
The Replacements – Dead Man’s Pop
The Replacements’ 1989 Don’t Tell A Soul gets its own stripped down version, Dead Man’s Pop. Read more…
The Replacements : Dead Man's Pop
Leeroy Stagger – Strange Path
It’s not easy to stand out as a country/folk singer/songwriter, but Leeroy Stagger does. Read more…
Leeroy Stagger : Strange Path
Strand of Oaks – Eraserland
With so many emotional country-rock singer/songwriters out there, it can be tough to stand out, but Tim Showalter, a.k.a. Strand of Oaks, has. Read more…
Strand of Oaks : Eraserland
Sofia Talvik – Paws of a Bear
New singer songwriter folk acts are a dime a dozen, somewhat unfortunately, but the Swedish Sofia Talvik is a field away from most. Read more…
Sofia Talvik : Paws of a Bear
Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘Midnight Organ Fight’
A tribute not to just an album or a band, but a life lost. Read more…
Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit's 'Midnight Organ Fight'
Titus Andronicus – An Obelisk
Smashing into your face is New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus. Read more…
Titus Andronicus : An Obelisk
The Twilight Sad – IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME
There is lots of tragic music out there these days, so much so that it can kind of overwhelm. Read more…
The Twilight Sad : IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME
Paul Weller – True Meanings
Paul Weller has always been about the big thoughts. Read more…
Paul Weller : True Meanings
Whitney – Forever Turned Around
Most athirst votaries of Whitney, Chicago’s celebrated psych-country/soul band, know that the group is comprised of foundational members from several other highly esteemed indie dynasties and one man who never existed. Read more…
Whitney : Forever Turned Around
Yeasayer – Erotic Reruns
Yeasayer started as experimental and hard to categorize, and have only gone on from there. Read more…
Yeasayer : Erotic Reruns
Thom Yorke – Anima
Thom Yorke is likely the most famous person in alternative music. Read more…
Thom Yorke : Anima

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