Album Reviews

Ruthie Foster Develops Distinctive Musical Persona On ‘Joy Comes Back’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

After developing a credible reputation accompanying redoubtable musicians such as Warren Haynes, Ruthie Foster aims to make a name for herself with Joy Comes Back. And based on the innate humility of such collaborators as ...

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Craig Finn Keeps The Colorful Lyrics Comin’ On ‘We All Want The Same Things’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

We All Want The Same Things is the third solo album from Craig Finn and the man who is best known as the frontman of The Hold Steady has been putting lots of effort into ...

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Spoon Get Pulse Pounding With ‘Hot Thoughts’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

If the way to get through 2017 without going completely nuts is to dance our asses off, Spoon has us covered. On their ninth studio album Hot Thoughts, Spoon doesn’t lose what makes them Spoon, ...

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Depeche Mode’s ‘Spirit’ Appeals Darkly To Legions of Followers (ALBUM REVIEW)

Truth be told, Depeche Mode have never been the most effusive bunch. And yet, their resilience is admirable. Formed in 1980, they’ve survived the prevailing winds of changing trends and diverging circumstance, not to mention ...

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Let It Loose On ‘Live From The Fox Oakland’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Intentionally or not, the audio/video packages of the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Live From The Fox Oakland highlight the group’s relative strengths on stage and in the studio. 2016’s Let Me Get By revealed a collective ...

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Real Estate Keep Offering Unspoiled Guitar & Vocal Beauty on ‘In Mind’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

It feels like a beautiful irony that Real Estate rehearsed for their new record In Mind in a high school in upstate New York, considering it is their most grown up record to date and is, ...

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Conor Oberst Rerecords 2016’s ‘Ruminations’ as ‘Salutations’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

If you loved Conor Oberst’s last record, 2016’s Ruminations, you’ll probably like his new one, Salutations…but not for the same reasons. The two are essentially fraternal twins, as Oberst has remade and rerecorded Ruminations with ...

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The Wood Brothers & Shook Twins Cozy Up Santa Cruz (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

There was snow on the summit of Highway 17 as the mercury dropped from a fairly balmy California Spring day and threw the central coast back into Winter. Inside the warm and brightly lit Rio ...

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Soundgarden Reboot The Past With ‘Ultramega Ok’ Reissue (ALBUM REVIEW)

[rating-8.00] As the tongue-in-cheek title suggests, Soundgarden’s Ultramega OK was always a pretty good but not great album. The Seattle grunge pioneers made the mistake of switching from Sub Pop to SST Records and working ...

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Tim Kasher Hides No Sorrow On ‘No Resolution’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Tim Kasher has long been a bastion of the emo-folk scene out of Omaha spearheaded by Conor Oberst. In his primary project, Cursive, Kasher has maintained a delicate balance between his crew’s more folk tendencies ...

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