Tune-Yards’ sketchy conceptually asks a lot of its listeners and does it right up front: should the purpose of music be to entertain or to instruct?
On Samantha Crain’s I Guess We Live Here Now, the four tracks are possessed by soothing ghosts weaving in and out of the musical lines to comfort the listener.
Esther Rose’s How Many Times captures the joys and heartbreaks of being in a relationship and never quite knowing where one stands.
John Smith’s The Fray intimately shows how licking one’s wounds quietly, remaining peaceful, and counting blessings can soothe and even bring a modicum of happiness
Topaz’s expansive production gets the listener lost in the sound while Israel Nash takes one on a conceptual trip inside his mind. It’s a journey worth taking.
’10 For Slim: Charley Crockett Sings James Hand’ reveals the deep connection the two men had at the most fundamental level—the place where the heart lives.
Ian Fisher yearns for the Nashville of past legends, not the vibrant one that still exists in the town's spirited venues. Fisher romanticizes the past, but he needn't bother. Nashville is still an awesome place full of great music.
Nancy Sinatra consistently released outstanding records during 1965-1976, the period from which this double vinyl anthology was drawn, but critics consistently underrated her.