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Various Artists: Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins

An up-and-down consistency only slightly mars this collection of lovingly rendered Ted Hawkins covers

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Eszter Balint: Airless Midnight

Balint stirs the fire from all sides, creating fully imagined shadows.

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Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966

Bob Dylan opens the vault to his most important period, the golden age that produced his three greatest albums.

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Patrick Cowley: Muscle Up

Gay pornography, gone cosmic.

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Matthew Shipp Trio: The Conduct of Jazz

Matthew Shipp proves once again why he belongs in the upper echelon of modern jazz pianists.

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10 Nov 2015 // 2:10 AM

The Legends: It’s Love

It's Love has been dosed with a shy, hurt romanticism that is persuasive and becoming.

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10 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

Ruby Amanfu: Standing Still

Standing Still bleeds organic warmth—the kind sorely lacking from today's high-fructose musical fare.

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Postcards From Jeff: Modern Language

Postcards From Jeff’s debut LP offers lovely, vaguely cinematic instrumentals tainted by tonally challenged singing.

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Oneohtrix Point Never: Garden of Delete

If you think Oneohtrix Point Never creates confusing music, try to decipher Garden of Delete's backstory.

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Fall Out Boy: Make America Psycho Again

Fall Out Boy have comfortably nestled themselves on pop thrones, but that does not stop them from hashing out an average remix album.

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Chapin Sisters: Today’s Not Yesterday

Abigail and Lily refuse to shut up until all the whole world sings together in peace.

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Chick Corea & Bela Fleck: Two

Virtuosos Fleck and Corea come together once more for a celebratory live performance that captures both in their respective element.

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9 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

Darlingside: Birds Say

Gloriously striking and serene, Birds Say demands attention from the first notes on.

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Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog

The companion to the film of the same name, Heart of a Dog is a welcome and beautiful story from an American great.

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Christopher Bissonnette: Pitch, Paper & Foil

With his latest, Christopher Bissonnette crafts a wholly immersive listening experience, one ideally suited for headphones and quiet minds.

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Old Dominion: Meat and Candy

Old Dominion lives in our current social-media era while twisting country cliches just enough to make them feel fresh.

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Elvis Costello: Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album

A compilation of rarities, deep cuts, and alternate mixes, Unfaithful Music serves as an excellent soundtrack and companion to Costello's new memoir.

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Various Artists: Joy of Living - A Tribute to Ewan MacColl

A lovingly compiled tribute album that does justice to the work of one of the British folk revival's key figures.

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The Hanging Stars: The House on the Hill

The House on the Hill is a melodic, blissfully appealing trio of rootsy rock songs, rife with dark lyrics that channel sadness and cautionary tales.

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Angela Easterling: Common Law Wife

Easterling takes a tack that classic country songs have pursued practically since the beginning of time: the downtrodden heroine doggedly standing by her man.

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