Friday, February 28 2014
Sevenisn’t the utter triumph one might have hoped for, but it sees British soul pop icon Lisa Stansfield artistically reinvigorated, still as vocally divine as she's ever been.
Angélique Kidjo delivers a jubilant affair in Eve celebrating the women of Africa.
Sex and politics find equal footing on Vanessa Daou's latest, a return to her club music roots.
Thursday, February 27 2014
ScHoolboy Q takes everything he's learned in the Top Dawg stable and unleashes it in a very finely tuned burst.
Vertical Scratchers' debut is a perfect rock record because it throws the order and interaction of elements in rock records into doubt.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones keep soul alive and well on debut Half the City
A noisy and occasionally thrilling live set from the Scottish rockers.
Though the music may seem far removed from our present day culture, we can connect to it on a human level. For, these are songs of hardship and joy, regret and celebration – in essence, songs of everyday life.
One of America's best little-known rock 'n' roll bands may not be that way much longer.
Wednesday, February 26 2014
Neneh Cherry has always followed her own path in her style. With Blank Project, Cherry has reclaimed the spotlight to deserved applause.
Close to the Glass is a frustratingly uneven album that shows of signs of brilliance drowned out by dull electronic excursions.
Lost in the Trees always seems to be changing, and the group's third record, Past Life, is its most daring and dynamic shift yet, an album that can both carry the long shadow of the past and pump the hot blood of the here and now.
Although it's familiar and safe, the fourth Transatlantic outing is another intricate, joyous, and incredible experience.
Kanou is a pop-rock album and it's also an impatient album. It never uses four seconds to get a motif across if it can do it in three.
Tuesday, February 25 2014
Island Intervals starts with songs that pit the intimate and the epic against each other, that shift tempo, texture, and scope in fascinating ways. But that set of complications can't sustain itself.
The Fray are a talented band, but album number four yields mostly more of the same.
The Brink is a collection of arty, swirling dance pop-rock, but the songs ultimately collapse under their own weight.
These soul albums have been available in various formats over the years, but the high quality of art on these discs demand respect and celebration.
Monday, February 24 2014
Morning Phase may not be the out-and-out masterpiece that everyone says it is, but anytime we are blessed with a very-good Beck album, the world is all the richer because of it.