Serpentine Prison gives the National's baritone crooner Matt Berninger a chance to shine in the spotlight, even if it doesn't push him into totally new territory.
The New Pornographers' latest offers a myriad of listening pleasures on the surface, and the further one digs into its contents, the more one can find to enjoy until one concludes that the journey of discovery is its sole purpose.
The Spanish Heart Band–Antidote is a thrilling fusion of grooves and soul, further cementing Chick Corea as one of the most innovative voices in jazz history.
Blues rock's Kenny Wayne Shepherd incorporates all of his Southern influences and a few surprising covers on his dynamic new record, The Traveler.
Sydney's Castlecomer is a family band and their self-titled debut album is full of catchy dance-rock songs that range in quality from "pleasant and listenable" to "pretty darn good".
On their first LP since 2011's 100 Lovers, Devotchka fall somewhere between the marching troubadour worldliness of Beirut and the grandeur of Arcade Fire, writing songs of widescreen suburban romance that radiate with ghosts and demons.
Out of the Blues is the final part in a trilogy of genre albums that have seen Boz Scaggs take a step back as a songwriter, contributing just a song or two to each release.
In Americana music the present is female. Two-thirds of our year-end list is comprised of albums by women. Here, then, are the women (and a few men) who represented the best in Americana in 2017.