• Dutilleux: Tout Un Monde Lointain

    Dutilleux: Tout Un Monde Lointain

    Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013) is France’s greatest composer since Debussy and Ravel. His oeuvre is not large; he was satisfied only with masterpieces. His magnificent 1970 cello concerto, Tout Un Monde Lointain (“A Whole Distant World”), ...
  • The Beatles: 1+

    The Beatles: 1+

    Expectations have run high among fans waiting for the Fab Four’s complete original catalog in surround sound. This ain’t that, but it’s a step in that direction. This super-deluxe edition of the 1+ compilation, packaged ...
  • David Gilmore: Energies of Change

    David Gilmore: Energies of Change

    An accomplished guitarist with a wealth of sideman credits (Wayne Shorter, Steve Coleman & the Five Elements, Trilok Gurtu, Christian McBride, Don Byron), Gilmore brings his precision chops to thoughtful compositions that segue between swinging ...
  • David Bowie: Blackstar

    David Bowie: Blackstar

    Call it David Bowie’s death house letter. With its lyrical themes of death and rebirth, Blackstar is the final chapter in Bowie’s flirtation with everything from the occult to gay culture (“Girl Loves Me”) while ...
  • Keith Jarrett: Creation

    Keith Jarrett: Creation

    With its Biblical connotations, the title Creation could come off as grandiose. But if you think of the Bible as epic storytelling, then the latest live album by pianist Keith Jarrett assuredly earns its name. ...
  • Melody Gardot: Currency of Man

    Melody Gardot: Currency of Man

    It takes Melody Gardot almost a minute and a half to appear on “Don’t Misunderstand,” the introduction to her provocative new album. Upon arrival, her voice ascends from a low moan amidst jabs of strings, ...
  • Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow

    Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow

    The rubber meets the road immediately on this alternately rousing and stirring collection of duets pairing 87-year- old bluegrass giant Ralph Stanley with various roots-centric partners. A Resurrection celebration, “We Shall Rise,” jets into Gloryland ...
  • Wagner: Der Rings Des Nibelungen

    Wagner: Der Rings Des Nibelungen

    Many music critics, listeners, and audiophiles (myself included) consider the Georg Solti Ring to be the greatest recording of all time. It is difficult to dispute that conclusion. First of all, the size and scope ...
  • Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.

    Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.

    Steven Wilson is the last person you’d want to attend your high school reunion. He’s too much of an overachiever: his remixes (including surround sound) of such classic progressive-rock bands as Yes, King Crimson, and ...
  • 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 ...

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