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Glenn Gamboa's latest album reviews

Browse through the latest album reviews by Newsday's music critic, Glenn Gamboa.

"Wilderness" by Snow Patrol

The
Photo Credit: Polydor/Republic Records

The "Chasing Cars" band returns after seven years to chase the meaning of life on "Wilderness." Read our review.

"Love Is Dead" by Chvrches

Chvrches finds the right mix between its synth-pop
Photo Credit: Glassnote Records

Chvrches finds the right mix between its synth-pop sound and its lyrical fury on "Love Is Dead." Read our review.

"Electric Light" by James Bay

With
Photo Credit: Republic Records

With "Electric Light," James Bay re-introduces himself as a forward-thinking artist with plenty to say. Read our review.

"Tell Me How You Really Feel" by Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett masters melancholy moderation and wields it
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Courtney Barnett masters melancholy moderation and wields it well on "Tell Me How You Really Feel." Read our review.

"Voicenotes" by Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth proves himself to be the real
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Charlie Puth proves himself to be the real deal on his second album "Voicenotes." Read our review.

"Tranquility Base" by Arctic Monkeys

Photo Credit: Domino Records

"Tranquility Base" is a stunningly ambitious concept album of sci-fi soul from the unpredictable mind of Alex Turner. Read our review.

"Be More Kind" by Frank Turner

Frank Turner takes an unusual stance on his
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Frank Turner takes an unusual stance on his new album "Be More Kind." Read our review.

"Good Thing" by Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges' search for himself yields eclectic results.
Photo Credit: Columbia Records

Leon Bridges' search for himself yields eclectic results. Read our review.

“Graffiti U” by Keith Urban

Keith Urban's
Photo Credit: Capitol Nashville Records

Keith Urban's "Graffiti U" pushes country's boundaries again, but keeps his own intact. Read our review.

"Port Saint Joe" by The Brothers Osbourne

Photo Credit: EMI Nashville Records

"Port Saint Joe" may be only The Brothers Osborne's second album, but T.J. and John Osborne have already established a country sound all their own. Read our review.

"44/876" by Sting & Shaggy

Sting and Shaggy have found a special connection
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Sting and Shaggy have found a special connection on "44/876," one that could blossom into something bigger in time. Read our review.

"Twerp Verse" by Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz is finding the sweetness in these
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Speedy Ortiz is finding the sweetness in these dark times, or maybe the other way around, on "Twerp Verse." Read our review.

"Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John" by Juliana Hatfield

Juliana Hatfield's new album,
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Juliana Hatfield's new album, "Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John," is a loving tribute to one of pop's under-appreciated pioneers. Read our review.

"Rearview Town" by Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean is forging ahead with his quest
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Jason Aldean is forging ahead with his quest to put more rock in country on "Rearview Town." Read our review.

"The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs" by Wye Oak

Wye Oak manages to create a sonic world
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Wye Oak manages to create a sonic world all its own on "The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs." Read our review.

"Revamp and Restoration" by Various Artists

Artists such as Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus
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Artists such as Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus take inspiration from Elton John and Bernie Taupin's amazing catalog on "Revamp and Restoration." Read our review.

"Expectations" by Hayley Kiyoko

Hayley Kiyoko's debut album,
Photo Credit: Atlantic

Hayley Kiyoko's debut album, "Expectations," uses upbeat pop music to help speak her mind. Read our review.

"Staying at Tamara's" by George Ezra

George Ezra lets his eclectic influences broaden his
Photo Credit: Columbia

George Ezra lets his eclectic influences broaden his already expansive rock horizons on "Staying at Tamara's." Read our review.

"Combat Sports" by The Vaccines

The Vaccines' fourth album,
Photo Credit: Columbia

The Vaccines' fourth album, "Combat Sports," allows the band to rediscover their artistic flame (and their guitars!). Read our review.

"Boarding House Reach" by Jack White

On
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On "Boarding House Reach," Jack White creates wildly ambitious rock that works almost every time. Read our review.

Stone Temple Pilots self-titled album

The Stone Temple Pilots get a smooth restart
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The Stone Temple Pilots get a smooth restart on their newest album, a little too smooth. Read our review.

"I'll Be Your Girl" by The Decemberists

On
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On "I'll Be Your Girl," The Decemberists struggle with their old sound while embracing a new one. Read our review.

"American Utopia" by David Byrne

On David Byrne's first solo album since 2004,
Photo Credit: Nonesuch

On David Byrne's first solo album since 2004, he provides a hopeful but honest look at the state of the nation. Read our review.

"Tearing at the Seams" by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are growing
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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are growing into the best band of vintage soul-rockers around with "Tearing at the Seams." Read our review.

"Record" by Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn is ushering in the era of
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Tracey Thorn is ushering in the era of "feminist bangers" with precision and joy on her new album, "Record." Read our review.

"All Nerve" by The Breeders

The Breeders' latest studio album,
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The Breeders' latest studio album, "All Nerve" reunites the classic lineup. Read our review.

"41" by Reggie and the Full Effect

On
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On "41," Reggie and the Full Effect build a fascinating world beyond his emo stronghold. Read our review.

"Nation of Two" by Vance Joy

On
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On "Nation of Two," Vance Joy has gone deeper and broader, making singalongs that sound even bigger, ready for the stadiums he played as Taylor Swift's opener. Read our review.

"Landfall" by Laurie Anderson

Nearly everyone who lived through superstorm Sandy in
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Nearly everyone who lived through superstorm Sandy in 2012 has a story to tell about it and Laurie Anderson enlisted the Kronos Quartet to help tell hers. Read our review.

"Sir" by Fischerspooner

Fischerspooner's
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Fischerspooner's "Sir" brings synth pop studded with Fire Island imagery, personal politics and high-end collaborators. Read our review.

"Crooked Shadows" by Dashboard Confessional

Dashboard Confessional's
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Dashboard Confessional's "Crooked Shadows" is the band's newest album, its first since 2009. Read our review.

“Always Ascending" by Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand's new album,
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Franz Ferdinand's new album, "Always Ascending," its first in five years, is practically bursting with new ideas. Read our review.

"The Time Is Now" by Craig David

Craig David returns with a whole new generation
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Craig David returns with a whole new generation of dance rhythms on "The Time Is Now." Read our review.

"Blood" by Rhye

Rhye's latest R&B album,
Photo Credit: Genevieve Medow Jenkins

Rhye's latest R&B album, "Blood," strips away the layers and keeps the bedroom soul raw. Read our review.

Dream Wife's self-titled album

The British punk trio craft their own powerful
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The British punk trio craft their own powerful dream on their first album. Read our review.

"Here Come the Runts" by Awolnation

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"Here Come the Runts" is Awolnation's third studio album. Read our review.

"Mania" by Fall Out Boy

With
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With "Mania," Fall Out Boy is expanding its rock horizons without losing its pop-punk essence. Read our review.

"The Official Body" by Shopping

Shopping, the crafty post-punk trio from London, offers
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Shopping, the crafty post-punk trio from London, offers a heady mix of brainy lyrics and booty-shaking bass on "The Official Body." Read our review.

"Camila" by Camilla Cabello

The former Fifth Harmony singer makes a surprisingly
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The former Fifth Harmony singer makes a surprisingly powerful solo debut with "Camila." Read our review.

"Encore" by Anderson East

On
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On "Encore," Anderson East takes the country spotlight for himself. Read our review.

"How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 1" by Belle & Sebastian'

Belle and Sebastian's
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Belle and Sebastian's "How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 1" kicks off the Scottish band's three-EP project. Read our review.

"Pop 2" by Charli XCX

With
Photo Credit: Atlantic

With "Pop 2," Charli XCX is building her own version of pop music's future. Read our review.

"The Beautiful & Damned" by G-Eazy

G-Eazy's fifth studio album,
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G-Eazy's fifth studio album, "The Beautiful & Damned," is sometimes stunning, sometimes uneven. Read our review.

"No_One Ever Really Dies" by N.E.R.D.

N.E.R.D.'s
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N.E.R.D.'s "No_One Ever Really Dies" is a hip-hop return that is harder and tougher than ever. Read our review.

"What Makes You Country" by Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan makes country hit-making seem effortless on
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Luke Bryan makes country hit-making seem effortless on his latest, "What Makes You Country." Read our review.

"Kimberly: The People I Used to Know" by K. Michelle

K. Michelle brings her no-holds-barred
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K. Michelle brings her no-holds-barred "Love & Hip Hop" reality-show background to her fourth album, "Kimberly: The People I Used to Know." Read our review.

"Songs of Experience" by U2

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"Songs of Experience" is U2's 14th studio album. Read our review.

"The Visitor" by Neil Young

Neil Young takes on current events with a
Photo Credit: Reprise

Neil Young takes on current events with a much more timeless approach on his latest, "The Visitor." Read our review.

"The Rest of Our Life" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "The Rest of Our Life" is the couple's first collaborative album. Read our review.

"The Architect" by Paloma Faith el

Paloma Faith sets her sights on the world
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Paloma Faith sets her sights on the world around her on "The Architect." Read our review.

"Reputation" by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is distilling the current pop mainstream
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Taylor Swift is distilling the current pop mainstream into her own artisan adult beverage on "Reputation." Read our review.

"What If Nothing" by Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon continues to help keep rock
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Walk the Moon continues to help keep rock alive on pop radio with their latest, "What If Nothing." Read our review.

"Rebirth of Soul" by Syleena Johnson

Syleena Johnson teams up with her dad and
Photo Credit: Shanachie

Syleena Johnson teams up with her dad and bridges generations through soul music on "Rebirth of Soul."Read our review.

"The Thrill of It All" by Sam Smith

Sam Smith makes sad, sophisticated soul music sound
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Sam Smith makes sad, sophisticated soul music sound oh-so-good on "The Thrill of It All." Read our review.

"Texoma Shore" by Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton polishes up his down-home image on
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Blake Shelton polishes up his down-home image on his 11th studio album, "Texoma Shore." Read our review.

"Meaning of Life" by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson proves she can sing anything on
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Kelly Clarkson proves she can sing anything on her eighth studio album, "Meaning of Life." Read our review.

"Pacific Daydream" by Weezer

Weezer's new
Photo Credit: Atlantic

Weezer's new "Pacific Daydream" album crafts a new generation of beach-inspired rock classics. Read our review.

"Flicker by Niall Horan

Niall Horan's debut album,
Photo Credit: Capitol

Niall Horan's debut album, "Flicker," proves he was the most musically-grounded member of One Direction. Read our review.

"All American Made" by Margo Price

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"All American Made" is Margo Price's second studio album solidifies her as one of country's brightest and boldest stars. Read our review.

"Beautiful Trauma" by Pink

Pink's seventh album,
Photo Credit: RCA

Pink's seventh album, "Beautiful Trauma," takes the confessional tone she has succeeded with in recent years and makes it her focus. Read our review.

"Colors" by Beck

With
Photo Credit: Capitol

With "Colors," Beck tries to follow his Grammy-winning album "Morning Phase" with something more brainy and joyful. Read our review.

"As You Were" by Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher, former Oasis frontman, solo debut
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Liam Gallagher, former Oasis frontman, solo debut "As You Were" is the liveliest he has been in years. Read our review.

"Take Me Apart" by Kelela

Kelela's debut album,
Photo Credit: Warp

Kelela's debut album, "Take Me Apart," offers an alluring take on traditional R&B. Read our review.

"Younger Now" by Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus embraces her country roots and blossoms
Photo Credit: RCA

Miley Cyrus embraces her country roots and blossoms as a singer-songwriter on "Younger Now." Read our review.

"Now" by Shania Twain

Shania Twain first album in 15 years,
Photo Credit: Mercury Nashville

Shania Twain first album in 15 years, "Now," is designed to impress us much. Read our review.

"Wonderful Wonderful" by The Killers

With
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With "Wonderful Wonderful," The Killers can't seem to eclipse their earlier work. Read our review.

"Cities in Search of a Heart" by The Movielife

Long Island rockers The Movielife make a triumphant
Photo Credit: Rise

Long Island rockers The Movielife make a triumphant return with their first album since their breakup in 2003, "Cities in Search of a Heart." Read our review.

"Concrete and Gold" by Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters' go more artistically than they
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The Foo Fighters' go more artistically than they have in years and succeed every time on "Concrete and Gold." Read our review.

Prophets of Rage's self-titled album

Prophets of Rage's self-titled album is a lean,
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Prophets of Rage's self-titled album is a lean, muscular rap-metal collection that uses the supergroup's powers for good. Read our review.

"Rainbow" by Kesha

With
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With "Rainbow," Kesha has found numerous causes to embrace and, more importantly, her own artistic voice. Read our review.

"Southern Blood" by Gregg Allman

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"Southern Blood" is Gregg Allman's final farewell before his death in May 2017. Read our review.

"Sleep Well Beast" by The National

On
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On "Sleep Well Beast," The National steps away from the indie-rock anthems to tell more intimate stories. Read our review.

"The Echo of Pleasure" by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Indie rockers The Pains of Being Pure at
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Indie rockers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart bare all their emotions again on "The Echo of Pleasure." Read our review.

"American Dream" by LCD Soundsystem

One listen to LCD Soundsystem's comeback album,
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One listen to LCD Soundsystem's comeback album, "American Dream," makes it clear that they had to reunite because they had a whole lot to say. Read our review.

"Beast Epic" by Iron & Wine

Iron & Wine's
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Iron & Wine's "Beast Epic" is full of complicated, poetic thoughts told in deceptively simple acoustic rock. Read our review.

"Villains" by Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age's
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Queens of the Stone Age's "Villains" is full of triumphant rock anthems packed with swagger and guitars. Read our review.

"Not Dark Yet" by Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer's
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Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer's "Not Dark Yet" is the sisters' first album together. Read our review.

"Painted Ruins" by Grizzly Bear

On
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On "Painted Ruins," Grizzly Bear returns to a different indie-rock world with a harder-hitting sound. Read our review.

"Poor David's Almanack" by David Rawlings

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"Poor David's Almanack" allows David Rawlings to step into the Americana spotlight with his own style. Read our review.

"Dark Matter" by Randy Newman

Multiple Oscar-, Grammy- and Emmy-winner Randy Newman's
Photo Credit: Nonesuch

Multiple Oscar-, Grammy- and Emmy-winner Randy Newman's "Dark Matter" album is his first in nine years. Read our review.

Brett Eldredge's self-titled album

On his self-titled album, and fourth studio album,
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On his self-titled album, and fourth studio album, Brett Eldredge focuses on his voice and using it in different ways to suit an eclectic set of songs. Read our review.

"Everything Now" by Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire's
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Arcade Fire's "Everything Now" is overstuffed with ideas and musical styles by design. Read our review.

"Tremendous Sea of Love" by Passion Pit

Passion Pit's
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Passion Pit's "Tremendous Sea of Love" is full of joyous dance-pop hits to signal a shift in focus. Read our review.

"Sacred Hearts Club" by Foster the People

Foster the People mixes catchy music with complicated
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Foster the People mixes catchy music with complicated ideas on their third studio album, "Sacred Hearts Club." Read our review.

"What Do You Think About the Car?" by Declan McKenna

British teen Declan McKenna makes a stunning debut
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British teen Declan McKenna makes a stunning debut on "What Do You Think About the Car?" Read our review.

"Something to Tell You" by Haim

Haim's new album,
Photo Credit: Columbia Records

Haim's new album, "Something to Tell You," cement the sisters' success. Read our review.

"Ego" by RAC

RAC, born Andre Allen Anjos, gets plenty of
Photo Credit: Counter

RAC, born Andre Allen Anjos, gets plenty of help on his new album, "Ego," starting with the 13 different singers. Read our review.

TLC's self-titled album

TLC's self-titled new album is the group's first
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TLC's self-titled new album is the group's first in 15 years and acts as a formal farewell to Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Read our review.

"Boo Boo" by Toro Y Moi

Toro Y Moi goes back to the future
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Toro Y Moi goes back to the future in his new album, "Boo Boo." Read our review.

"Evolve" by Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons, after taking some time to regroup
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Imagine Dragons, after taking some time to regroup with their last album "Smoke and Mirrors," blur the boundaries of rock and pop again on "Evolve." Read our review.

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