December 2019

Album Review

Album Review: Jane Miller - "Three Sides to a Story"

June 20, 2013
Miller ably composes her way through a spectrum of styles, including traditional-sounding jazz, peaceful folk, and quirky blues.
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Album Review: Greg Koch Band - "Plays Well with Others"

June 11, 2013
Koch invites Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, and Paul Barrère to the party.
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Album Review: Black Sabbath - "13"

June 6, 2013
Ozzy & Co.'s latest relies heavily on the sounds of their past, with flickers of hope for the future.
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Album Review: Queens of the Stone Age - "... Like Clockwork"

June 3, 2013
The dark, cohesive psychedelia of "… Like Clockwork" is unmatched by any of QOTSA’s five previous recordings.
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Album Review: Alice In Chains - “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”

May 20, 2013
AiC is back with a slower-paced, but still hard-hitting album that features some of Jerry Cantrell's most masterful playing yet.
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Album Review: Gilad Hekselman - "This Just In"

May 11, 2013
Hekselman not only embraces the freedom of the format, but also excels both as an improviser and composer.
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Album Review: Bart Walker - "Waiting on Daylight"

May 11, 2013
Bart Walker Waiting on Daylight Ruf Records If fat slide tones are your thing—like the sounds Duane Allman gave us in At Fillmore East—you’ll dig Bart Walker’s sophomore solo album.
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Album Review: The Dillinger Escape Plan - "One of Us is the Killer"

May 8, 2013
DEP’s fifth outing incorporates elements of atmospheric prog-rock and ear-relieving jazz fills to buck the musical constraints and genre rigidness rampant in the metal genre.
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Album Review: Leroy Justice - "Above the Weather"

April 15, 2013
Leroy Justice treads carefully into jam-band territory.
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Album Review: Cassie Taylor - "Out of My Mind"

April 15, 2013
Packed with soulful singing and blazing 6-string, Taylor’s new Out of My Mind is a mesmerizing, nuanced, and imaginatively arranged collection of blues-inflected originals.
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Album Review: Joe Satriani - "Unstoppable Momentum"

April 8, 2013
Not since the heyday of hearing “Satch Boogie” and “Cliffs of Dover” on the radio has instrumental guitar rock been so fun.
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Album Review: Brad Paisley - "Wheelhouse"

April 3, 2013
Country shred, double-stop licks, and G-bender pulls salvage Paisley''s most pop-sounding album to date.
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Album Review: My Bloody Valentine - "mbv"

March 11, 2013
Like a mirror to the sprawling gestation period that gave rise to mbv, notions like hooks, tempo, mix, and melody exist in their own exploded, drifting reality.
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Album Review: Meat Puppets - "Rat Farm"

March 11, 2013
On this 14th effort, the Puppets’ calm complexity sprawls through folk, reggae, blues, whammy hair rock, psychedelic grunge, boom-chick twang, and more.
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Album Review: Eric Clapton - "Old Sock"

February 25, 2013
Clapton has fully completed the transformation from elder blues statesman to professional musicologist.
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Album Review: Jimi Hendrix - "People, Hell and Angels"

February 15, 2013
While "People, Hell and Angels" isn’t a great album—meaning it lacks the coherent sound, vision, and vibe of, say, "Axis: Bold as Love"—it’s packed with magnificent guitar.
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Album Review: Ivan & Alyosha - "All the Times We Had"

February 4, 2013
Ivan & Alyosha All the Times We Had Missing Piece/Dualtone Music Group Probably best known for hometown hero Jimi Hendrix and the birthplace of a particular music movement that got
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Album Review: Robben Ford - "Bringing It Back Home"

February 4, 2013
Robben Ford Brining It Back Home Mascot Label Group Over the course of his 40-plus year career, Robben Ford has survived within a niche that is just jazzy enough for
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Album Review: Boz Scaggs - "Memphis"

February 4, 2013
Boz Scaggs Memphis 429 Records Boz Scaggs is musically complicated. For Memphis, he brought on producer Steve Jordan (John Mayer) who also plays drums on the album, and the rest
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1986: EVH on “5150” vs. Vai on “Eat ‘Em And Smile”

January 10, 2013
How Van Halen''s split broadened the musical landscape of the mid-''80s.
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