Low Cut Connie's Dirty Pictures (Part 2) may concern life's losers, but it's still largely an upbeat album that exults in the fact that people and circumstances are always in transition.
Comparing Ashley Monroe to a sparrow would be like calling Ryan Gosling a goose or Hugh Jackman a jackdaw. It just doesn't fit.
The best music on You're Driving Me Crazy can be found when the musicians groove together rather than challenging each other to take it the next level.
From Last Man Standing, it seems Willie Nelson has lost his faith in people and feels pretty alone these days.
Not being confined to any particular genre allows Ben Miller and company to get wonderfully weird on Choke Cherry Tree.
Calan Mai released an acoustic demo of "We've Got Love" in 2014. It's been recorded again and given a more dynamic quality.
"In my mind, I'm Nucky Thompson. In my mind, I'm Tony Soprano. In my mind, I'm WALTER WHITE," Amy Rigby croons before shouting.
Her melodramatics are in the service of the material. We may be living in hell. Women in particular may be living in a worse hell than men. But as John Paul Sartre taught us long ago, hell is other people.
1971 was the time when a host of disparate masterpieces were released, from Led Zep's IV to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On to Joni Mitchell's Blue. One can hear the mix of styles in the air in Jackie DeShannon's music as part of the era's zeitgeist.