Album Reviews

Queen ‘News of the World’ Box Set Is A Stunner (ALBUM REVIEW)

1977 was a milestone year for the iconic and legendary British rock and roll band, Queen. The band had recorded another exciting, eclectic album that featured rock, blues, punk and even Latin-influenced tracks. It also ...

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Grateful Dead Dave’s Picks Volume. 24: Berkeley Community Theatre 8/25/72 (ALBUM REVIEW)

Perhaps it’s because (sole) drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s kit is so prominent throughout the audio mix of Dave’s Picks Volume 24, spanning the stereo spectrum in Owsley Stanley’s recording from the Berkeley Community Theatre. Or maybe ...

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Eilen Jewell Emulates Archival Blues on ‘Down Hearted Blues’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

With each of her recent albums, Eilen Jewell has meandered ever closer to a style that emulates archival blues, providing a sturdy and assured delivery that also taps her rich Americana authenticity. With Down Hearted ...

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Teen Daze Gives A Name To His Ambitions On ‘Themes for a New Earth’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

It’s a common instinct among people, to link music to the phenomena of the world around us. From the inextricable connection to the land of early indigenous music to Bach’s invocations of color to the array of ...

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Wannabe Reviews Eric Bolander’s ‘The Wind’

In the newest installment of Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle reviews The Wind, the new album from Kentucky roots rockers Eric Bolander, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):

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Rainbow Girls’ ‘American Dream’ Brings Stripped Back Harmonies & Nimble Finger Picking (ALBUM REVIEW)

American Dream is the third album by California folk band Rainbow Girls, but it is the first with the band’s new scaled-back lineup. Now a trio consisting of Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, and Vanessa May, ...

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Whitney Rose Enlists Big Players For Classic Country/Girl Group Winner ‘Rule 62’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The first question some of you may have as I know I did – what is Rule 62? It takes its name from Alcoholics Anonymous excerpt that can be summed up quickly as “Don’t Take ...

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R.E.M. Revisits ‘Automatic for the People’ With 25th Anniversary Package (ALBUM REVIEW)

You can’t improve a great record by remastering it, but the folks at Dolby claim they’ve gotten close. R.E.M.’s 1992 masterpiece, Automatic for the People, is the first album ever remixed with the technology, best ...

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Pistoleros Deserve Long Awaited Break With Riveting ‘Silver’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

It would be great to say that after 25 years of relative obscurity, Pistoleros are ready to break into the big time. After all, they have the wherewithal to substantiate any ability to do so, ...

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Samantha Fish’s Star Rises as She Stretches Boundaries Second 2017 Release, ‘Belle of the West’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The late Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown would probably be proud of Samantha Fish’s approach. The oft cantankerous Brown would frequently snub basic blues; embracing his brand of “American music” which included country, Cajun, jazz, and blues. ...

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