• Albert Cummings: Believe

    Albert Cummings: Believe

    This, 2020’s first outstanding blues album, opens with a blast of Stax-style horns announcing that something special is at hand. Indeed, as the song unfolds with some tasty Clayton Ivy keyboards underpinning the maelstrom, Albert ...
  • Children of the Cocteau Twins

    Children of the Cocteau Twins

    It’s been 35 years since composer Angelo Badalamenti unleashed his dreampop–influenced Twin Peaks film score on the world. But few know that the 4AD collective This Mortal Coil, featuring members of the Cocteau Twins and ...
  • Come Go with Me: The Stax Collection

    Come Go with Me: The Stax Collection

    In the 1930s, a Mississippi share-cropper named Roebuck “Pops” Staples moved to Chicago for work, taking his wife, daughter, and son—Oceola, Cleotha, and Pervis—with him, along with his blues-influenced guitar and easygoing, twangy voice. He ...
  • In a Sentimental Mood

    In a Sentimental Mood

    Prior to the pandemic I was already feeling the allure of beautiful new music that wears its heart on its sleeve, and that impulse has grown stronger now that I’m spending more time at home. ...
  • Reversal of Fortune

    Reversal of Fortune

    For virtually the entire existence of the audio hardware and music industries, consumers who most valued sound quality (you know, us) were at the mercy of the hardware formats created for the mass market. Audiophiles ...
  • Yes: Fragile

    Yes: Fragile

    Yes, indeed—here’s yet another vinyl remaster of Yes’ seminal, identity-defining fourth studio album, November 1971’s Fragile. This time, it’s Mobile Fidelity’s turn, resulting in two 180-gram, 45rpm UltraDisc One-Step LPs making up a 7,500-piece limited ...
  • The Alt-Pop Artistry of XTC

    The Alt-Pop Artistry of XTC

    Let’s begin!” These two seemingly innocent words gleefully open the 1992 Nonsuch track “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead,” yet another notch in the sonically pleasing crown of the British new-wave collective known as XTC. Vocalist/guitarist ...
  • The Mosley Brothers: The Mosley Brothers

    The Mosley Brothers: The Mosley Brothers

    A young quartet of old souls, the Mosley Brothers—Joey and Jacob Mosley with Johnny Calamari and Dean Phillips—step squarely into the vanguard of bluegrass music’s new generation with a sensibility rooted in solid bluegrass tradition ...

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