Friday, August 15 2014
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are the missing link between Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Rhino has released almost 18 hours of the act's best material
For Sinéad O'Connor, the personal and the political are one and the same. She makes no distinction, and always, always allows the two to join forces in her music.
Welcome to the machine.
Thursday, August 14 2014
FKA twigs releases one of the most anticipated debuts in recent memory, positioning herself as a next generation pop star.
The man warbles and slides around the words and delivers them with pizzazz. He always sounds like he’s singing right from the heart. Even when he’s joking, Shaver’s serious.
Trey Songz's latest is successful not because it takes a fresh approach or carries an important message, but rather because it so effortlessly epitomizes the modern R&B genre as it currently exists.
Garage-rockers no longer, Danish duo add a variety of unexpected elements
Here's another one of those groovy, swingin', melodic and enjoyable exercises in futility.
Wednesday, August 13 2014
On Time Is Over One Day Old, there’s always something missing, a mystery hanging in the air, yet it’s the band’s most satisfying album yet.
Rising emo band tackles an iconic set of songs from Weezer's "Blue Album" a bit too gently.
Steve Wynn continues to follow his muse, this time to Spain, for a couple of reinvigorating albums released on these shores for the first time.
There’s a Blue Bird in My Heart is packed with sucker punches and subtle jabs. Filled with sound and fury, no final blow is ever delivered, but, nonetheless, Parker has created a knockout.
Carnivalesque pop music filtered through an eccentric lineage that defies categorization and transcends time. A good thing since it was recorded 20 years ago and is only just now seeing the light of day.
Tuesday, August 12 2014
After an eight-year gap, Dilated Peoples are back and picking up right where they left off.
By whitewashing lies and deceit with hopeful, sorry songs, the homogenized A Life Worth Living resonates as false.
Veteran Congolose singer and band's seventh album, a gloriously international affair.
Avery Sunshine makes her audience feel at home on the warm, uplifting The SunRoom.
Although over 30 releases already bear Van Ronk's name, including several wonderful live discs, Omnivore Records has issued a new one.
Monday, August 11 2014
Jersey boys' fifth flirts outrageously with flamenco, Hi-NRG, dubstep and Oompah. No, not really.
Kingfisher is absolutely fabulous and a thrilling discovery.