Dionysus satisfies and demonstrates that Dead Can Dance are still alive, but it would be better with more vocals from Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry.
Aretha Franklin's The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970 documents how the Queen of Soul earned her crown.
Once a duo, the '90s dance kingpins the Crystal Method are now just one member: Scott Kirkland and his many guests. Kirkland talks to PopMatters about losing a member, the changing of the scene, and how they got their name in the first place.
The main issue with Alice in Chains' Rainier Fog is that the band never climbs from the bottom to the top of that mountain to give us all of their range. Still, a solid effort.
Nevermore's The Complete Collection does an excellent job of gathering what we do have from a band that had much more to give.
Blues and Haikus captures Jack Kerouac at a high point even when he was already starting to slip away from us.
Judas Priest still packs some heavy artillery and can still hit the target even if not every shot is a bullseye.
Jazz/art-rock ensemble Negative Press Project creates a fulfilling, mostly instrumental set of covers and translations of Jeff Buckley's timeless music.
While it won't make you forgot about Aerosmith's best work, Sweetzerland Manifesto is better than one might expect.
A layperson takes a stab at music sabermetrics by tracing Metallica's success and failures through these five phases.