• Rod McCormack: Fingerprints

    Rod McCormack: Fingerprints

    As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Australia native Rod McCormack didn’t need a solo album to make him one of roots music’s most important players. With credits involving work in all the above categories with ...
  • Gordon Lightfoot’s Solo

    Gordon Lightfoot’s Solo

    Gordon Lightfoot is a songwriter’s songwriter. No less a wordsmith than Bob Dylan has sung his praises, saying, “Every time I hear a song of his, I wish it would last forever.” And there is ...
  • 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 ...

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