Friday, October 25 2013
A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.
Thursday, July 31 2014
The film retells the story of Noah's Ark filtered through Aronofsky's intensity, rather than the pageantry of the faith-movie industry.
The veteran Chicago rapper returns to his troubled hometown on a conscious album for a post-conscious age.
Alvvays is an exciting opening album from a band who bring refinement to a genre that make them sound mature beyond their years.
Watt, best known as a musician, DJ, and one-half of pop duo Everything But the Girl, takes a second foray into memoir with Romany and Tom.
A fine, fine record which could do with a little more pep down the stretch, or a slightly stronger editing hand.
Epiphanies emerge and fade and come back again. The tempo stays steady and deliberate even when individual players pick up speed when adding baroque touches to the composition; an aural rendition of an optical illusion.
By not glossing over the rough patches in a life spent pursuing a childhood dream, Dickinson provides a grounded perspective and lack of hubris on Rock 'n Roll Blues.
Wednesday, July 30 2014
None of the answers in Fallen City seem simple, as the film offers three stories of survivors after the 2008 earthquake in Beichuan.
There are lessons aplenty about Vietnam in Hearts and Minds—it's a shame we still haven’t learned them.
Moon Knight #5 is a testament to the surrealization (not a word, do not use as one) of violence.
On The Wire is a must-read book for everyone who believes that the HBO series is life-changing fiction of the highest order.
Paul McCartney commanded the stage in Kansas City with an astonishing degree of seemingly effortless finesse. A most glorious concert.
With Cold World, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens deliver funky throwback gospel-tinged soul music of the highest quality.
Unrelentingly pummeling and brutally oppressive, Constricting Rage of the Merciless is a thrilling ride.
This story carries a huge load of ambition, and carries it with intermittent grace and conviction, but its doesn't carry the children well.
Gustavo Santaolalla may have some Grammys, Oscars, and Global Globes at home, but Camino is for himself.
The German synth-pop band pull an unfortunate bait-and-switch.
Akeda seems much less focused on garnering radio hits and more on delving into themes, both lyrically and musically, that Matisyahu has resisted in the past.
If RZA, GZA, and Smoke DZA weren’t enough for you, we’re now throwing SZA into the mix.