• Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

    Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

    Kudos to Mobile Fidelity for this extraordinary release of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 masterpiece, What’s Going On. A major artistic step, this brilliant psychedelic-soul song-cycle’s themes of social and economic injustice, the horrors of war, displaced ...
  • Jeff Tweedy: WARM

    Jeff Tweedy: WARM

    It’s hard not to feel a little conflicted about aging in tandem with a musical hero. But Wilco founder Jeff Tweedy, now nearly a rock elder statesperson, aims to soothe his longtime listeners into bittersweet ...
  • Eric Bibb: Global Griot

    Eric Bibb: Global Griot

    Exploring the themes of unity, inclusiveness, and social justice from a spiritual perspective, Eric Bibb delivers a double-disc masterpiece in Global Griot, an album ideally suited to the temper of progressive times, or “challenging times,” ...
  • Meiko: Playing Favorites

    Meiko: Playing Favorites

    The best, most affecting singers tend to meet us at the intersection of Nuance and Intimacy Street, a corner the folk-leaning vocalist Meiko has clearly made her home. For this tight-knit collection of an even-dozen ...
  • Peter Murphy: 5 Albums

    Peter Murphy: 5 Albums

    With his baritone voice, haunting melodies, brooding stage presence, and dark lyrics, Peter Murphy was tailor made to perform goth rock, a musical style he helped usher in while a member of Bauhaus. Peter Murphy—5 ...
  • Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive and Well

    Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive and Well

    Chicago blues guitarist and vocalist Buddy Guy honed his chops during the 1960s as house guitarist for the legendary Chess Records. The electric blue pioneer’s blistering chops have influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Jimi ...
  • Baby Huey: The Living Legend

    Baby Huey: The Living Legend

    When music labels search for unreleased tapes connected with memorable albums, the results can be less than scintillating: an inferior take here, a poorly-recorded demo there, perhaps some performances that should have stayed on the ...
  • Jacintha:  Fire and Rain

    Jacintha: Fire and Rain

    Jacintha’s first album in ten years, Fire and Rain pays homage to James Taylor. As everyone familiar with the Singapore-based singer knows, she can really put over a song, especially in the torch, blues, and ...
  • Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

    Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

    Thanks in large part to rock guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, by the late 60s a new and wider appreciation emerged for the previous generation of black American blues musicians. Prominent among ...
  • Doug MacLeod: Break the Chain

    Doug MacLeod: Break the Chain

    Singer, songwriter, and skilled guitarist Doug MacLeod has won four Blues Music Awards, including 2017’s Acoustic Artist of the Year. As a singer and guitarist, this New York native is a cross between John Hammond ...
  • Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel

    Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel

    Even Linda Ronstadt fans dating back to the Stone Poneys could not have seen Heart Like a Wheel coming. The X factor in this 1974 multi-Grammy-nominated effort was Peter Asher, herein announcing himself a producer-arranger ...
  • Chris Thile: Thanks for Listening

    Chris Thile: Thanks for Listening

    Very much a meditative, singer-songwriter affair, Thank You for Listening finds Chris Thile offering bromides to a society roiled by political, social media, and cultural upheavals in 2017. Playing almost all the stringed instruments himself—with ...

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