• Maria Muldaur: Steady Love

    Maria Muldaur: Steady Love

    On her stomping “Soulful Dress,” Maria Muldaur sings that ”I’ll be at my best when I put on my soulful dress.” Her enticing, smoky-voiced boast about how appealing she is in a certain figure-flattering garment ...
  • Greg Brown: Freak Flag

    Greg Brown: Freak Flag

    “I Don’t Know Anybody in This Town,” with its loping country beat and slinky lead guitar line, may be the sexiest song you’ll ever hear about homelessness, the need for human contact, and the U.S. ...
  • Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley

    Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley

    Occasionally, when writing a music review, I have a strong hunch that some readers will be so excited to discover something’s been released that my review is almost superfluous—just knowing the record exists will send ...
  • Personal Fave Lists (Recordings)

    Personal Fave Lists (Recordings)

    Let’s get this out of the way right now. Terrific as they are, this list won’t include Hendrix’s extraordinary retooling of “All Along The Watchtower,” The Byrds’ jingle-jangly “Mr. Tambourine Man,” or Joan Baez’s sublime ...
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Americana

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Americana

    Reports earlier this year that Neil Young had made an album of songs by seminal American songwriter Stephen Foster had some expecting a genteel acoustic collection. Guess again. On his first recording with the complete ...
  • Paul Simon: Graceland

    Paul Simon: Graceland

    A sense of wonder still emanates from the graceful South African rhythms heard on this controversial, Grammy-winning 1986 album, newly reissued as a 180- gram LP and a four-disc 25th anniversary deluxe-edition box set. It’s ...
  • Joe Walsh: Analog Man

    Joe Walsh: Analog Man

    “Welcome to cyber-space, I’m lost in a fog/Everything’s digital, I’m still analog” proclaims Joe Walsh in “Analog Man,” the title track of his first solo release in nearly twenty years. He’s toying with us, of ...
  • Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine

    Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine

    Their first album the Counting Crows recorded after leaving a major label, Underwater Sunshine consists entirely of covers, and as such comes across as an opportunity for the Bay Area band to recharge their batteries. ...
  • Melody Gardot: The Absence

    Melody Gardot: The Absence

    Melody Gardot’s best songs have the half-festive, half-mordant air of a New Orleans funeral march. On blues from her superb 2009 album, My One and Only Thrill, her voice even sounds vaguely New Orleanian. On ...

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