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Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Delta Sweete’ Displays Her Diverse Talents In a Long Overdue Expanded Release

Bobbie Gentry | The Delta Sweete-Deluxe Edition | (Capitol/UMe)5 out of 5 stars Anyone who dismissed Bobbie Gentry as a one-hit-wonder after 1968’s chart topping “Ode to Billie Joe” had to reconsider about six...

The Zombies Live Again on Three Vinyl-Only Releases

The Zombies-vinyl releases | The Zombies, I Love You, R.I.P. | (Craft Recordings)All 4 out of 5 stars It took until 2019, over 50 years since UK pop group The Zombies disbanded, for them to...

Madeline Kenney Reflects on the Complexities of Starting a New Relationship with ‘Sucker’s Lunch’

Madeline Kenney | Sucker’s Lunch | (Carpark Records)3 1/2 out of 5 stars It’s misleading to describe indie singer/songwriter Madeline Kenney’s third release as simply a love album. Anyone who has followed her...

‘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...
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Leonard Cohen’s Discarded Verses

Three astounding discarded verses shared by the man himself from his epic song "Democracy," and his reasons...
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