The most rewarding work as a critic is not in evaluating the flow of big menu items from established artists, but in sampling the little dishes that come along -- like this quartet of obscure, interesting stuff from 2007's first half.
R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner: Make It Be
Caitlyn Jenner, Rachel Dolezal, and the Shifting Boundaries of Identity
Aimee Mann: Mental Illness
Rodney Crowell: Close Ties
Mathew Lee Cothran: Judas Hung Himself in America
Daniel Brandt: Eternal Something
"The indelible experiences of Trevor Noah's past have been parlayed into his memoir, Born a Crime, a history of a life living under racial divide.