Album Reviews

Porter & The Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes’ Posthumous ‘Don’t Go Baby It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You’ Is a Heartbreaking Work of Beauty

It’s 8:32am on a brisk New Jersey morning, October 19, 2017. I’m about halfway through my third rotation of Porter & The Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes’, Don’t Go Baby It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You, wondering if ...

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Liam Gallagher Preserves His Brit Pop Flair On ‘As You Were’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Like like a British version of the Robinson Brothers who founded the Black Crowes and oversaw a tumultuous career for those southern rockers, the two Gallagher siblings who fronted Oasis have continued to bicker even ...

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Wannabe Reviews Nikki Lane’s ‘Highway Queen’

In the newest installment of Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle reviews Highway Queen, the new album country rocker Nikki Lane released earlier this year, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):

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Beck’s ‘Colors’ Turns Back On His Infectious Grooves (ALBUM REVIEW)

Thirteen albums into his storied career, alt-pop chameleon Beck returns to a more energetic form with triumphant party record Colors. After the excellent but subdued Morning Phase returned Beck to the acoustic singer-songwriter form that ...

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Mutual Admiration Society: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile’s ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ Makes For Quirky/Indie Delight (ALBUM REVIEW)

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are both respected songwriters in their own right. After meeting each other and jamming, the pair decided to make a split EP which eventually evolved into a full-fledged album, Lotta ...

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‘The Who: Tommy at the Royal Albert Hall 2017’ Covers Iconic Rock Opera In Its Entirety (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Who: Tommy at the Royal Albert Hall 2017 boasts a number of distinctions, not the least of which is that it maintains deservedly elevated of homage to one of the greatest bodies of work ...

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Jackie Greene Comes Full Circle With Self Produced/Engineered EP ‘The Modern Lives Vol. 1’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Jackie Greene comes full-circle with his self-produced and engineered EP The Modern Lives Vol. 1. His early records were somewhat derivative efforts released on a small label, before the California native embarked on a variety ...

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‘For You to See the Stars’ Displays the Uncanny Emotional Depth & Political Ire of Radney Foster (ALBUM REVIEW)

When Radney Foster’s name is mentioned, his classic album Del Rio, Texas 1959 (his birthplace), his success with the duo Foster & Lloyd, and his hits for mega country stars come to mind.  In a ...

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Lucinda Williams Re-Records Seminal ‘Sweet Old World’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

It’s not often that an artist opts to re-record a seminal album, much less one on which he or she first staked their reputation. So it might have been helpful had Lucinda Williams explained the ...

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Blue Hawaii Returns With Hook Heavy Pop LP ‘Tenderness’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Four years after its debut album, electronica duo Blue Hawaii returns with Tenderness, a hook-heavy pop album packed with sweaty dance beats and sing-along choruses. Co-DJ’s Raphaelle Standell and Alexander Kirby deliver an eclectic mix ...

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