Music of the Week
By Lauren Harris
Look who�s all growed up! With the sucrose-pop phase out of her system and a marriage to certified talent (and crazy) Ryan Adams under her belt, Mandy Moore is releasing her Serious Songwriter Record. Bearing her birth name for a title, the album is a foray into deeper, darker territory, featuring collaborations with some of country and folk�s best hired guns to produce some grade A pop. �The music is all a reflection of me now, not somebody else's choices,� Moore has been quoted as saying, which from the tone of the songs, finds the 26-year-old in quarter-life crisis mode, navigating concerns for the future while missing the past.
You know the saying: If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it�s yours. If it doesn�t, it was never yours to begin with. Some tough advice, but a worthwhile prescription for Grizzly Bear fans. As their band teeters on superstardom with their third full-length album, the fans � a particularly proprietary breed of hipster � will be forced to share the lush pop anthems with the world. The Brooklyn quartet recorded the album (named for a small, uninhabited island off the coast of Massachusetts) in the Catskills and a church in Williamsburg, working to broaden the strange, lovely and lonely pop songs that garnered them the acclaim in the first place.
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix�
It�s been a minute since we heard from the synth-playing, pop-making Frenchmen Phoenix. For their fourth album, the band has decided on a neo-classical theme, evidenced in the title and the band�s first single �Lisztomania,� and the earlier giveaway �1901.� The year the band took to record the album in Paris appears to have served them well; where they have struggled in the past to marry their French sophistication with their pop aspirations, here they appear to have hit upon a hybrid that satisfies those competing identities.