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‘Flaming Pie’ Reissue Provides a Savory Paul McCartney Treat

Paul McCartney | Flaming Pie | (Capitol) Five out of Five stars Wow. Ummm, this really is something. Overwhelming almost. Those few words alone could sum up any critical reaction to this lavish five CD/two DVD/four...

Treva Blomquist Brings a Captivating and Compelling Sound to ‘Snakes & Saints’

Treva Blomquist | Snakes & Saints | (independent) Four out of Five stars Treva Blomquist is one of those artists who refuses to be typecast within any one specific genre. Of course, that can...

Charley Crockett Continues Streak With Modest Yet Charming, ‘Welcome to Hard Times’

Charley Crockett | Welcome to Hard Times | (Thirty Tigers)4 out of 5 stars Even though the title of Charley Crockett’s eighth (!) full length (and second this year) since his 2015...

Psychedelic Furs Return With Long Overdue Album, ‘Made of Rain’

The Psychedelic Furs | Made of Rain | (Cooking Vinyl)3 1/2 out of 5 stars Don’t call the first new material in almost 30 years from the Psychedelic Furs a comeback … not really....

Dirty Streets Release a ‘Rough and Tumble’ Live Album as Gritty as its Title

Dirty Streets | Rough and Tumble | (Naturalsound)3 1/2 out of 5 stars Memphis’ Dirty Streets follows the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” route on this, the power trio’s sixth release. The...

Dave Mason’s ‘Alone Together’ Remake Tries to Catch 1970’s Lightning in 2020’s Bottle

Dave Mason | Alone Together Again | (self-released)3 out of 5 stars There aren’t many artists who can celebrate the 50th anniversary of their signature albums, let alone those still musically vital enough to re-record them....

Roberta Flack’s Stunning 1969 Debut Shows Her Timeless Talent In A New Expanded Edition

Roberta Flack | First Take: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition | (SoulMusic.com)5 out of 5 stars The release of Roberta Flack’s First Take in 1969 put her in rare company;solo artists who arrived fully formed on their...

IK Multimedia MODO Drum Review

For those who don’t have access to a rock-solid live drummer with impeccable time, or producers who prefer to work in the box and control a song’s feel, virtual drums are invaluable. By coding...

Jess Cornelius Measures Life’s Distances On Her Solo Debut 

Jess Cornelius | Distance | (Loantaka)3 1/2 out of 5 stars The title of singer/songwriter Jess Cornelius’ solo debut can be considered from a few angles. Most specifically, Distance relates to the...
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Front Country’s “Amerikan Dream” Is A Rage Against the Machine-Indebted Protest Anthem

Melody Walker—the no-nonsense, husky-voiced singer-songwriter behind Front Country—started crafting the Nashville-via-San Francisco roots trio’s latest single, “Amerikan Dream,” over three years ago,...
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