Album Reviews

Craig Gerdes Echoes Outlaw Hardship Via Debut ‘Smokin Drinkin & Gamblin’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

This clever line from Jamey Johnson – “You’ll find me between Jennings and Jones” is applicable not alphabetically, but musically to Craig Gerdes on his debut Smokin Drinkin & Gamblin. Gerdes echoes many of the ...

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Texas Pianist Harvey McLaughlin Pays Homage to Pulp Mags & Urban Legends on ‘Tabloid News’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Equal parts Tom Waits, Professor Longhair, Warren Zevon and Randy Newman, Texas-based pianist and singer-songwriter Harvey McLaughlin brings a bizarre set of tunes, zany attitude, and plenty of sarcasm on his first solo outing Tabloid ...

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The National Parks Offer Big Positive Pop on ‘Places Deluxe’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The folk/pop outfit The National Parks has all but dropped the folk from their resume as they offer the positive pop of Places Deluxe to the world. Focusing more on electronic swells and arena-ready hooks, ...

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Erica Blinn Proves Rising Roots Rock Star With ‘Better Than Gold’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

When you think of female rock n’ rollers perhaps Joan Jett or Chrissie Hynde come to mind.  Enter Columbus, OH-based Erica Blinn who is releasing her second album, Better Than Gold. Those two ladies, among ...

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Wannabe Reviews Ruby Boots’ ‘Don’t Talk About It’

In the latest Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle offers his illustrated commentary on Don’t Talk About It, the new album from country rocker Ruby Boots, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop): ...

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Car Seat Headrest Revisit 2011’s ‘Twin Fantasy’ Via Low-Fi/Hard Rock (ALBUM REVIEW)

After gaining considerable critical acclaim and picking up new fans with 2016’s Teens of Denial, the band’s second album released under a record label, Car Seat Headrest follows up with the effort with a re-issue ...

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Belle and Sebastian Mold Quintessential British Pop (Again) On ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

You have to give Belle and Sebastian credit for their sheer perseverance. Over the course of their 22 years and umpteen numbers of albums and EPs, they’ve kept their consistency when it comes to a ...

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Ruby Boots Proves Self Assured Powerhouse On ‘Don’t Talk About It’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Mind the sparks that will no doubt pop from your speakers like little fireworks when you hear opening track “It’s So Cruel” off Ruby Boots’ new record Don’t Talk About It. It is an electrifying ...

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MGMT Returns To Pop Glory On ‘Little Dark Age’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

MGMT continues the inside joke of their satirical songwriting on their latest album,Little Dark Age, with a tip of the hat to convention. Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden wrote their mega-pop hits “Kids”, “Time to Pretend”, ...

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Curtis Roush Gets Mysterious & Expansive On Debut LP ‘Cosmic Campfire Music’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Campfires and the cosmos feel like they share something fundamental at their core. Mysterious and elemental, they can conjure great loneliness and deep belonging; an eternal catharsis lying in the beauty of their steadfast indifference ...

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