This week, we have reviews for a number of new rock albums released this week. Whether the artist or band is writing about terrible break-ups, crooning in high-pitched vocal stylings over pop and techno beats, or rocking out hard on the bagpipes, we’re certain that you’ll find some interesting releases in new rock music, so check out what critics have to say below:

The Bad

Those Dancing Days, Daydreams and Nightmares

The all girl Swedish indie pop band delivers their sophomore album, simultaneously collecting a few grumbles from critics with their debut:

  • Bowlegs: “Those Dancing Days’ second album is like an MP3 file – squashed and squeezed of any highs, lows or in-betweens it may have once had. Singer Linnea Jönsson, who clearly has a voice we want to hear, is rendered to normality. The guitar pop, which the band undoubtedly adhere to, has been compressed into a radio-ready sized package – any edge or depth pushed to safe ground.” — Bowlegs
  • Sound Blab: “In sheering off their rough edges, TDD have arrived at a more conventional sound. That in itself wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing – every band has to evolve – but this second effort contains too many lovestruck daydreams and not enough nightmares.” — Rich Morris

Daydreams and Nightmares is available on Amazon for $14.83

Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li is hard to ignore and hard to hate, and even the critics below agree that she has grown significantly since her debut album. Issues with Wounded Rhymes rise from the more technical aspects in her songs:

  • Guardian: “he arrangements are still stark and driven by syncopated handclaps and off-kilter drums, but now, voice creaking with heartache, she sounds like she’s casting dark spells rather than serenading daydreams.” — Hermione Hoby
  • The Washington Post: “So what about bad-fitting songs? Because, unlike her denim, Lykke likes her songs way too big. The tunes that crowd her sophomore album, “Wounded Rhymes,” sound dense, distended and dipped in oceans of reverb deep enough to drown even her tremendous charisma.” — Chris Richards

Wounded Rhymes is available on Amazon for $12.04

The Good

Mae, (e)vening

Mae keeps on producing albums that show off their abilities to grow and enhance their sound as a band, pushing the boundaries of their musical texture:

Sputnik Music: “Maybe it’s that the evening provides the most comfortable aesthetic fit for Mae’s sound; waves of soft riffs and simply stunning piano always having formed the best backdrop to their sound; just listen to ‘The Sun And The Moon’ and you’ll see what I mean” — Adam Knott

Review Rinse Repeat: “All in all e(vening) perfectly represents all that the night has to offer. From serene peace to nights out, there are moods of every kind on this EP. Mae has once again proven that they are a force to be taken seriously in this crowded world of Rise-core scene bands and polished pop “punk.” E(vening)is an EP that will please fans for months to come, and shows, without a doubt, that Mae’s three EP trilogy has been one kick-ass day.” — Neepam Shah

(e)vening is available on Amazon for $12.04

Dropkick Murphys, Going Out in Style

Those celtic rockers who have been punching your eardrums every year on warped tour are back with another energy-filled album that has left fans and critics satisfied with the amount of rock that Dropkick Murphys always delivers:

  • Alt Rock Live: “My first impression of this album indicates that it is a sturdy symbol of the dedication and quality that this band puts into their songwriting and recording. It opens up in classic style with “Hang ‘Em High,” a relatively fast-paced heavier rock song that stays true to the well-known sound this band has developed. It certainly starts the album off on a good note and brings you in hungry for more.” — Alex Tironati
  • Blast Magazine: “One of the record’s highlights is Bruce Springsteen’s guest vocals featured in the old standard tune “Peg O’ My Heart.” The collaboration makes the song refreshing and vigorous. The catchy tune is bright and fun, especially after the slow-moving comfortable song “1953,” which is built on a consistently solid bagpipe melody with unified vocal harmonies.” — Eiko Watanabe

Going Out in Style is available on Amazon for $7.99

The Great

Eisley, The Valley

Eisley, as individual members and as a band, have definitely been through hardships lately and The Valley reflects these troubles in its songs. Thats not to say that its an entire album of complaining forlorn ballads; our album of the week winners have trekked over their issues and produced a killer new release that critics have been praising:

  • Sputnik Music: “Clean, crisp guitars mix with harmonized vocals; keyboard and piano provide comforting ambience, and leisurely tempos deliver graceful lyrics all in an effort to create an overall sound that is smooth and full of hooks. Eisley’s range of influences seem to pull as much from bands such as The Carpenters or The Beatles as they do any modern act, and it’s what allows them to stand out.” — Trey Spencer
  • Creative Loafing: “With their third LP, The Valley, Eisley comes off as more orchestrated, more mature, and more inspiring than ever. In the four years since their last album, each of the respective DuPrees experienced a low personal valley (hence the title), and most of the songs reflect shock, bitterness, resentment, and recovery from sudden heartbreak. The musicians make you feel their raw but eventually optimistic pain with relatable lyrics crafted around airy layers of melodies and a few tracks marked by the sort of wailing solos that bring you down to the depths of the moment the despair hit.” — Taylor Toothman

The Valley is available on Amazon for $16.63