• The Jayhawks: XOXO

    The Jayhawks: XOXO

    It’s rare when bands can exult in renewed musical vigor three-and-a-half decades into an accomplished career, but with XOXO the Jayhawks once again reaffirm their roots rock majesty. The veteran quartet expand on their core ...
  • Ennio Morricone, 1928–2020

    Ennio Morricone, 1928–2020

    Ennio Morricone recently passed away at the age of 91. Having worked until very near the end of his life, Morricone will be remembered primarily for his legendary career in film soundtracks and his pervasive ...
  • Neil Young: Homegrown

    Neil Young: Homegrown

    Better late than never. Neil Young recorded this “lost” album between 1974 and 1975, a period that also spawned On the Beach and Zuma. Young has called the ballad-rich Homegrown “a bridge between Harvest and ...
  • Marillion's Magically Replaced Childhood

    Marillion's Magically Replaced Childhood

    Follow the muse. It’s a musician’s mantra that’s easy to say, but often hard to do. Some bands continue kowtowing to corporate strategies that override their better creative impulses, while others—like veteran British progressive giants ...
  • The Band: 50th Anniversary Edition

    The Band: 50th Anniversary Edition

    What makes an album timeless? I’d argue it’s the ability of the music to constantly reveal more subtleties, delights, surprises, and emotional shadings. Even as the years and decades go by, a timeless album will ...
  • 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 ...

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