By Patrick Schabe
Alternately disturbing, depressing, bleak, and painful, these stories are bound together by an acute observation of the shadows of the human soul, which makes them so powerful and compelling.
Amadou & Mariam: La Confusion
Mount Kimbie: Love What Survives
Gary Numan: Savage (Songs From a Broken World)
'The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature' Opens Doors Hitherto Closed to Us
'Band Aid' Serves as a Plaster for What Ails the Jaded Movie Lover
Foo Fighters: Concrete and Gold
F.J. McMahon: Spirit of the Golden Juice
'The Violins of Saint-Jacques' Is a Lush Portrait of a Lost World
"The Shape of Water comes off as uninformed political correctness, which is more detrimental to its cause than it is progressive.