This musical treatment of John Steinbeck's canon has glimpses of the joy and empathy that made Steinbeck great, but the album as a whole is as poky and plodding as an old Model T.
'The Witness': Puzzles Are Teachers, Puzzles Are Bullies
Tindersticks: The Waiting Room
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto: The Revenant
Brown Lives Don’t Matter in the Dark and Cruel World of 'Visaranai'
A No-Nonsense Agenda for the Left
Sierra Hull: Weighted Mind
Shovels and Rope: Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1
'The New Mutants' Is Rooted Both in Scholarship and in the Rich History of Superhero Narratives
"Nils Pihl calls it, "Newtonian engagement", that is, when "an engaged player will remain engaged until acted upon by an outside force". That's "progress".