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The Darkness – Pinewood Smile

The Darkness – Pinewood Smile

The Darkness Pinewood Smile (Cooking Vinyl) English hard rockers, The Darkness, continue their renaissance that I believe started with their third album, […]

Dolly Parton: I Believe in You

Dolly Parton: I Believe in You

The country star with the big assets (her voice and talent, what did you think I meant!?) is being slightly obvious here with the lyrics, maybe insipidly so. But Dolly has so much personality, the musicians here are top notch and the backing vocalists, kids among them, make these 14 all sound good, at least.

Gary Numan: Savage (Songs from a Broken World)

Gary Numan: Savage (Songs from a Broken World)

Gary Numan’s presents a concept album in his 21st studio album, Savage (Songs from a Broken World). Numan’s landscape here is a desert resulting from global warming, a blending of Western and Eastern cultures in a post-apocalyptic world.

Kris Heaton Band: World Gone Mad

Kris Heaton Band: World Gone Mad

The Kris Heaton Band’s new dozen songs of World Gone Mad opens with mid-tempo rocker “Who Let the Bullets Fly.” With a paper- tight snare and power chord pushing, we get a tune with a sing-able hum and introspective lyric of substance. The roiling title track follows, with a strong key line, covering some of the same lyrical ground.

The Sidney Green Street Band: Half Live

The Sidney Green Street Band: Half Live

Half Live from The Sidney Green Street Band is a truly perfect record you will listen to again and again. Get it!

Tori Amos: Native Invader

Tori Amos: Native Invader

Tori Amos Native Invaders (Decca) Tori Amos has always held a special place in my heart. Her voice is so vulnerable, but […]

Living Colour: Shade

Living Colour: Shade

Living Colour Shade (Sony Music Canada Inc) For the better part of thirty years, Vernon Reid’s funk-punk metal pioneers have been raising […]

Jhené Aiko: Trip

Jhené Aiko: Trip

Jhené Aiko Trip (Def Jam Recordings) Jhené Aiko’s Trip opens with “LSD,” concisely setting the tone for this extremely personal R&B album tinged […]

Neil Young: Hitchhiker

Neil Young: Hitchhiker

With a songwriter as prolific (and odd) as Mr. Young, it’s no surprise we get stuff like this, 41 years after the fact! Good, bad, middle-of-the-road competent, Hitchhiker is still pretty cool stuff.

Iron & Wine: Beast Epic

Iron & Wine: Beast Epic

Iron & Wine Beast Epic (Sub Pop Records) For the past couple of years, Sam Beam (better known as folk/Americana project Iron […]

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