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Stephen Kellogg: South West North East

True to the sprawling designs implied in its title, it comes across like an epic effort, thanks to the memorable melodies etched in every one of its 20 songs.

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Shawn Mullins: My Stupid Heart

With his new album, Mullins draws ever closer to a breakthrough, thanks to some of the strongest songs he’s ever written.

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Alison Brown: The Song of the Banjo

The Song of the Banjo may be Alison Brown's most mainstream effort yet.

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Martin Courtney: Many Moons

While Many Moons doesn’t veer from the band’s template, its lush arrangements and baroque influences make every track a joy to listen to.

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Au Pair: One Armed Candy Bear

Gary Louris and Django Haskins have produced an album that fully integrates the sounds that each have forged on their own.

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Pugwash: Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)

Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends) is often as unobtrusive as its banner implies, but still cheery enough to beg repeated hearings.

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Wreckless Eric: amERICa

amERICa is a reminder of everything that was both exhilarating and unhinged during those heady days when punk and pop found common ground.

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Tom Jones: Long, Lost Suitcase

Tom Jones' latest once again finds Ethan Johns behind the boards with a new stash of standards ripe for interpretation.

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A Fragile Tomorrow: Make Me Over

A Fragile Tomorrow continue to weave the signature sound that’s marked their motif since their founding in 2003, one that’s at once complex and yet also easy on the ears, sensual and yet sophisticated all at the same time.

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Mark Lanegan: One Way Street

These early recordings offer a telling glimpse of Lanegan’s initial efforts as an emerging solo artist with his own unique vision.

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Ana Egge: Bright Shadow

Bright Shadow is so instantly engaging, it makes an immediate impression well before the final song fades away.

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Shawn Colvin: Uncovered

Given that it’s been 21 years since the release of Cover Girl, Uncovered could be considered a sequel of sorts.

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The Ann Wilson Thing: #1 Record

Ann Wilson opts to step out on her own and explore some terrain where Heart otherwise wouldn’t tread.

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Downpilot: Radio Ghost

Radio Ghost is a thoughtful piece of music, not cheery in the least, but compelling in a strange sense regardless.

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Phil Cook: Southland Mission

Southland Mission arrives fully-formed and bearing all indications that Cook was completely dedicated to his purpose.

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Coyote Records

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Patrick Sweany: Daytime Turned to Nighttime

On his new album Daytime Turned To Nighttime, Patrick Sweany shows he has an admirable way of conveying even the most downtrodden emotions, which turns his melancholy melodies into nothing less than a celebratory sound.

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PoMo Records

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Ted Russell Kamp: The Low and Lonesome Sound

Ted Russell Kamp strips things back to the basics on his latest, relying primarily on bass and vocals to convey the conviction on these hardbitten, bluesy ballads.

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Joe Jackson: Fast Forward

The fact that this album was recorded in four different cities gives the disc a conceptual feel, heightened by the consistency of Jackson’s eagerly effusive vocals and the songs’ sprawling tempos.


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