Tuesday, January 14 2014
A patchwork of studio leftovers, covers and reworked originals billed as a studio album proper, High Hopes leaves something considerable to be desired.
On this, Bruce Springsteen's most unsteady album, Tom Morello demonstrates how a backing player can nearly ruin the proceedings.
Wednesday, June 26 2013
A statement of purpose and a call to arms, American Ride is a triumphant record, perhaps even a masterpiece of its form.
Wednesday, April 10 2013
Thursday, October 11 2012
If you're hooked on the sad song, you never stop looking for the next good one.
Sunday, March 4 2012
The David Lee Roth-fronted Van Halen returns after a 28-year absence. Who else has made fans wait that long? Quite a few, it turns out.
Wednesday, November 9 2011
The Icelandic singer-songwriter serves up a fine quintet of English-language songs; highlights include covers of Springsteen, Dylan, and Johnny Cash.
Sunday, November 6 2011
Here's another genial, generic album of singer-songwriter stuff that wouldn't sound out of place on your local public radio station.
Thursday, September 29 2011
The bluegrass outfit, led by Legendary Shack Shakers frontman (and Kentucky colonel) J.D. Wilkes, offers up an express train of an album.
Friday, September 9 2011
In this special one-year anniversary edition of Counterbalance, Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn discuss their first year combing through the pop music canon (as determined by Acclaimed Music's calculations of every best-of list available), share a few favorites, and justify a couple items on their expense account.