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The Moody Blues: Masters of the Mini Epic
While so many of their progressive rock contemporaries were writing novels in the form of side-long suites, the Moody Blues were masters of the short story. [21.Nov.14]
Captain Beefheart: Sun Zoom Spark: 1970-1972
Sun Zoom Spark gives us a chance to re-evaluate the post Trout Mask Replica-era of the Captain Beefheart story. [21.Nov.14]
Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Deluxe Edition)
Angel Olsen expands her 2014 triumph with five bonus tracks that further exemplify her reliable talent for passionate, powerful songwriting. [21.Nov.14]
Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class
Angaleena Presley steps away from the Pistol Annies for a solo album that cements her status as country music's great moralist. [21.Nov.14]
New Riffs From Jazz Lips: From Eminem to Sun Ra
There's an unending flow of vocal jazz these days, which is a blessing and a curse. Beyond the glut of rehashed standards from 50 years ago, some original work shines. [20.Nov.14]
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Bringing along a few old friends, Bryan Ferry returns to form, crafting a sophisti-pop masterpiece.
Sonic Highways is based around a high-concept idea, but the result is an affirmation of the Foo Fighters' core appeal.
Fistful of Hollow doesn't retread the ground laid out on past records, but instead offers a new path through genres Swingin' Utters continue to explore and, yet again, renders the band's sound fresh and dynamic.
These songs from New Zealand skim and dip, within waves of oceanic imagery, full of Pacific calm or pending storm.
In light of Christopher Owens' never-a-dull-moment backstory and back catalog, the last thing you'd expect is that A New Testament would be as monotonous as it is.
Jessie J fails to reach the glory of high-flying single "Bang Bang" on third album Sweet Talker.
The painful loss of their friend and collaborator haunts TV on the Radio's newest album. However, the tortured and torturous love of Seeds are all products of a grieving band refusing to recede into themselves, brazenly choosing to affirm life.
Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford add music to Bob Dylan’s lyrics for The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River.
Though the individual tracks stand strong, The Hum's corner-cutting arrangement obscures and frustrates its most important asset: momentum.
Sam Hunt records his first full-length LP, makes an argument about genre, and is still problematic about women.
In lieu of issuing an album proper, Jens Lekman lovingly wraps three new compositions in a mixtape that plays like a gift to the listener, showing off his personal sources of inspiration.
NSYNC's songs never really defined their era so much as were merely a product of them.
pom pom is up there with Ariel Pink's very best work, even if there’s nothing as insanely hooky as “Round and Round".
Like George Harrison, whose career and influence only grew after his death, Gibb’s final efforts reveal that he too deserves a re-evaluation of his solo offerings.
When Hyponotized succeeds, it feels like a fresh start and a new direction that could worm its way into Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi's other band, the Men, or wander down its own weird path for quite a while.
A 1985 bestseller re-issue which fails miserably to stand the test of time to put it mildly.
With Motion, Calvin Harris delivers a pleasant album, not without flaws.
Some interesting questions, and some worthy answers from bluegrass country rockers Greensky.
Alpha Mike Foxtrot's 77 tracks suggest that Wilco didn't have an experimental period. Instead, we see Wilco as an ever-changing, constant experiment in and of itself.
This leans towards hard rock rather than punk, back to the type of music prevalent when punk burst out, and which after all most punks grew up hearing.
Arca invites you to come along for the ride into the netherworld of the self, and those who do may feel alternately exhausted and exhilarated.
The Jazz June’s first new album in a dozen years is one of the most surprising developments so far in the unlikely second life of second-generation emo.
This collection of songs are serviceable tracks that would fit well on any EDM-lovers playlist, but it lacks a certain something: experimentation.
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The Swedish duo explores the protagonist's journey through the post-war torn landscape in a soundtrack for an imaginary film.
Big K.R.I.T.'s second major label debut continues his reign of dominance as he claims the role as "King of the South".
Now in the 50th year of her career, Faithfull delivers a vibrant, haunted and haunting set of songs that look to the past and the future.
blue isn't only the most satisfying record in this collective's discography; it's also one of the best albums released this year.
As Kevin Drumm steers you through the Wrong Intersection, you can't help but get the feeling that that's where he belongs.
A beautifully balanced group, including Steve Wilson on saxophones, Jay Anderson on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums.
There’s nothing not to recommend about this release, which offers further evidence that virtually everything Jon Madof touches turns to sonic gold.
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In a rare interview, iamiwhoami's Jonna Lee opens up about the project's development, its future, and the two full-length albums she scrapped along the way to making the stunning blue. [19.Nov.14]
Soused’s trapped, bleating circus elephants are harbingers of the prison-planet drones and transhuman monstrosities yet to come. Prepare for heightened beatings, motherfuckers. [18.Nov.14]
Columns
The Amazing Pudding
While so many of their progressive rock contemporaries were writing novels in the form of side-long suites, the Moody Blues were masters of the short story. [20.Nov.14]
Jazz Today
There's an unending flow of vocal jazz these days, which is a blessing and a curse. Beyond the glut of rehashed standards from 50 years ago, some original work shines. [19.Nov.14]
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