• Chris Isaak: First Comes the Night

    Chris Isaak: First Comes the Night

    Breakup songs are Chris Isaak’s bread and butter, and First Comes the Night—the pop star’s first album of originals in more than six years—is a feast of heartache and infidelity. The album is best when ...
  • Richard Thompson: Still

    Richard Thompson: Still

    Like a wise, weary traveler returning from a landscape strewn with broken hearts, Richard Thompson colors his songs with wit and wry observations to create Celtic- tinged folk-rock richly textured with his virtuoso acoustic- and ...
  • Stealers Wheel: Ferguslie Park

    Stealers Wheel: Ferguslie Park

    Stealers Wheels’ sophomore effort from 1973—produced by industry veterans Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller—features the Scottish band’s core members, Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan, bolstered by nine ace session players. Stylistically, the album ranges from ...
  • Los Lobos: Gates of Gold

    Los Lobos: Gates of Gold

    For 40 years Los Lobos has delivered American roots music steeped in everything from blues to música norteña. There’s often a lyrical theme or cohesive sound to their albums, whether it’s the autobiographical rock of ...
  • James Taylor: Before This World

    James Taylor: Before This World

    This chart-topping album—Taylor’s first studio release in 13 years—arrives 45 years after his breakthrough LP Sweet Baby James. Many themes will be familiar to fans that have embraced this popular singer-songwriter’s gentle meditations on spiritual ...
  • Mark Knopfler: Tracker

    Mark Knopfler: Tracker

    “We are homesick most for the places we have never known,” Southern Gothic author Carson McCullers once wrote. That sentiment sums up Tracker, the eighth solo album from Dire Straits main man Mark Knopfler. Nostalgia ...
  • The Cello Becomes Cool

    The Cello Becomes Cool

    When Lori Goldstein strolled onstage at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993, to accompany Nirvana through its videotaped MTV Unplugged session, few could predict the unassuming cellist would spark a ...
  • David Bowie: Sound + Vision

    David Bowie: Sound + Vision

    This reissued compilation should add to the Bowie buzz that began with 2013’s comeback The Next Day and continued in 2014 when Showtime cablecast David Bowie: Five Years. In 1985, Bowie’s CDs sounded so thin ...
  • Chuck Weiss: Red Beans & Weiss

    Chuck Weiss: Red Beans & Weiss

    This is Chuck E. Weiss’ fourth album since his surprise 1999 comeback, Extremely Cool, produced by Tom Waits. That album ended an 18-year hiatus by the enigmatic musician who inspired Rickie Lee Jones’ 1979 breakthrough ...
  • Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes

    Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes

    The Boss is cleaning house, having just finished recording some of his best unreleased material from the past decade. The result is a dozen mostly anthemic rockers that include new studio versions of “American Skin ...
  • Uncle Tupelo: Anodyne

    Uncle Tupelo: Anodyne

    This 1993 album is the swan song of a band at the height of its creative powers, a group of heartland musicians whose seamless blend of rock and country personified the then-nascent Americana music movement. ...
  • Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot

    Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot

    This lavish seven-disc box set gathers85 songs plus conversations between singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie and historian Alan Lomax (appearing here for the first time in their unedited form). Recorded in 1940 at the Department of the ...

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