Album Review: Blonde Redhead's "Penny Sparkle"

“The new effort has all the melodic and aesthetic trademarks of classic Blonde Redhead — more than that, “Here Sometimes”, “Oslo”, and “Spain” are some of the best songs the band has ever written — but the comprehensive result feels more like a lateral pass than a leap forward. The style has changed to be certain, but in a way that feels too familiar, especially considering the cultural salience that bands like The xx have had in recent years.” — Short form of my competing feelings on Penny Sparkle. Follow the link above for the longer read.