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Friday, March 6 2015

In Tall Buildings: Driver

Driver is heavy on melodies and breezy in its effortlessness. It's the kind of album that moves in different ways during different times and reveals aural layers on multiple listens.


JJ Grey & Mofro: Ol’ Glory

JJ Grey and Mofro provide a connection to the past and a time when talent and tenacity moved the music forward.


Ralph Stanley: Cracker Barrel Presents Ralph Stanley: A Man of Constant Sorrow

A "new" CD of Ralph Stanley duets provides an easy metaphor for how music is currently sold.


Thursday, March 5 2015

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: Chasing Yesterday

Noel Gallagher may not be completely chasing yesterday, but he certainly isn't moving forward.


Gill Landry: Gill Landry

The Old Crow Medicine Show member stretches his solo songwriting muscle on his self-titled release.


Pops Staples: Don’t Lose This

The deep, rich sound of Pops’ guitar captures the immense spirit of a human being that cannot be seen in the physical manifestation of a man.


Kid Ink: Full Speed

Kid Ink is a major label rapper, and Full Speed is his collection of major label rap song facsimiles.


Martin Callingham: Tonight We All Swim Free

Martin Callingham plays it safe with a series of watery folk numbers that might soothe but are too slack and too nebulous to exert any real power.


Wednesday, March 4 2015

Of Montreal: Aureate Gloom (take 1)

Aureate Gloom is a soliloquy to anyone willing to listen, an intense affirmation of the confusion that comes with change, and of the uncertainty that comes with difficult choices.


Of Montreal: Aureate Gloom (take 2)

Aureate Gloom is momentarily great, but it becomes infuriating in a instant.


Parquet Courts: Live at Third Man Records

What is essentially a live-version of Sunbathing Animal takes the hardest working group of lazy-bones in music to places new and exciting... just before it heads back to places familiar and boring.


Charlie Winston: Curio City

The chromatic wash of a futuristic energy glistens over the Brit's latest offering, but stirring beneath are the time-honored signatures of classic pop music.


Capsule: Waverunner

Waverunner provides a definitive answer to the question "what would it sound like if a veteran Japanese pop producer made an EDM album?"


Christian Lee Hutson: Yeah Okay, I Know

Christian Lee Hutson stretches his songwriting muscle on Yeah Okay, I Know, but gets bogged down by a dreary overall delivery.


Tuesday, March 3 2015

Purity Ring: Another Eternity

Purity Ring reinforce their pop charms by tightening their formula on their sophomore album, moving one step closer to pop perfection.


Moon Duo: Shadow of the Sun

Shadow of the Sun’s fondness for repetition doesn’t come at the sacrifice of the element of surprise.


Amy Speace: That Kind of Girl

Amy Speace’s latest album is one that has the potential to take her over the top.


Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls

A hard-edged evocation of the free blues spirit of Charlie Parker by a modern saxophonist with the spirit to get Bird right.


Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Psychedelic India

Bollywood takes an acid trip in The Rough Guide to Psychedelic India.


Monday, March 2 2015

Kelly Clarkson: Piece By Piece

With her latest, Kelly Clarkson proves that what doesn't kill her (and that voice) only makes her (and that voice) stronger.


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