The Isley Brothers: Baby Makin Music

With producers who know how to package their sound, the Isley Brothers turn out their best album in ten years.


Electric Light Orchestra: No Answer

The release of No Answer and E.L.O. II turns the spotlight on a part of Lynne's career before he was writing pop symphonies transmogrified into schlock by decades of movies and TV commercials.


The Advantage: Elf-Titled

Occasionally we need music that makes no grand statements and demands only to be played loud at a party.


The Gourds: Heavy Ornamentals

The Gourds are a fun, 'try this out' kind of band, and closer to actual country music than alt-country… It’s tough to say whether this will be The Gourds' breakout album, but it sure as hell deserves to be.


Kaleidoscope: from where you were

It rewards attention and re-listens. It's not music you can slap onto an iPod or run while you balance a checkbook.


Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society: Kings of Damnation

Kings of Damnation leaves you to contemplate what a serious talent Zakk Wylde really is.


Bjorn Olsson (The Lobster)

Something has to be said for an album that confuses you when you see the sleeve and confuses you some more when you actually hear the tunes.


Dogs: Turn Against This Land

They seem like one of those groups that kicked around the London scene aimlessly until some Diet Coke-slugging A&R rep was ordered to find 'some bands that sound like those Frank Ferdinands'.


John Cale: Black Acetate

Cale follows up a successful reincarnation with a release that's far more lackluster and pedestrian.

David Weigel

Various Artists: Got Purp? Vol. II

Bubba Sparxxx and Killer Mike, are cut from the same cloth as Big Boi, and their tracks here could have appeared on Speakerboxxx. But most of the songs here sound totally different than anything on that record or even The Love Below.

David Weigel

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