Album Reviews: Rancid, Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, Devin Sinha


Rancid, … Honor Is All We Know (Hellcat/Epitaph)

On “Back Where I Belong,” the opening track of Rancid’s eighth studio album, frontman Tim Armstrong declares I’ve been gone way too long, and indeed, six years have passed since the Bay Area punks’ last album. But … Honor Is All We Know—produced by Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz—hits all the expected notes: shout-along choruses, hints of second-wave ska, fighting the man, drinking, etc. The sound is gruffer and less melodic than on previous outings, but that somehow adds gravitas to an album that blasts through 14 songs in 32 minutes. ★★★✩✩

Indie Rock

Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, A Ghost To Find (Self-released)

The debut full-length from Minneapolis quintet Sun Gods to Gamma Rays displays the effortless playing and songwriting of a young band in its prime, offering 10 tracks of downtempo, spacey rock music that falls somewhere between Zero 7’s breezy trip-hop and Elysian Fields’ crunchy dream-pop. Anchored by the breathy, ethereal voice of Brianna Kocka, A Ghost To Find is equal parts sexy (“Make It Last”), dramatic (“Funeral Drum”), chilling (“Prism Light”), menacing (“The Darkest Part”) and just plain terrific. ★★★★✩


Devin Sinha, The Seventh Season (Self-released)

Seattle-area singer-songwriter Devin Sinha shifts things up on his second self-released album, adding percussion, electric instrumentation and layered vocals to his acoustic guitar-based, contemporary folk-rock, conjuring a sound equally reminiscent of Ryan Adams and Sufjan Stevens. The 11 songs on The Seventh Season go down easily, with Sinha’s surprisingly mature songs trading on a blend of heart-on-sleeve storytelling and poetic balladry, while his delicate fingerpicking work anchors such songs as “Winter Child,” “Orion” and “The Wolves.” ★★★✩✩

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