On their sophomore LP Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne has pulled off the rare feat of being EXACTLY as good as the hype makes them out to be. Good times, sick jams, with copious amounts of whiskey, weed, and Willie all make this "country" album one of the years best releases whether you believe in Nashville or not.
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Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand released their fifth album, Always Ascending, in February, fourteen years to the day after the release of their self-titled debut album and nearly five years after their previous record, 2013’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The album represents the band’s first recordings after two significant changes to their long-time lineup – the departure of founding guitarist Nick McCarthy, and the addition of keyboardist Julian Corrie (another new member, guitarist Dino Bardot, was added to the band after the recording was completed). Despite these significant changes, the album doesn’t seem like a jarring shift in direction so much as an evolution – the synths are a bit more prominent than in the past, but it still sounds unmistakably like a Franz Ferdinand record.