Tag: Album Reviews
Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis occasionally stepped away from the full band experience for a handful of solo acoustic performances. Fed Up And Feeling Strange captures those moments, offering not only his first-ever solo acoustic performance, but also his 1995 solo album Martin & Me, and a loose but fun show from 1998, shortly before dissolving his band.
October 1993 offers insight into the musical prowess of actor Harry Dean Stanton with his backing band The Cheap Dates. This new collection offers studio cuts and a scorching live set, and shows just how damn fine a musician Stanton happened to be.
Though long forgotten, the British AM radio rock of the early 1970s gave the world some weird and wonderful pop nuggets. A new compilation, Bubblerock Is Here To Stay!, offers 78 nuggets you probably will never hear anywhere else.
A brand new box set collects all of the major label recordings of the legendary Seattle underdogs Mudhoney, bringing new light to this era, one often overlooked for its corporate associations. Real Low Vibe shows that the major label didn’t change Mudhoney–if anything, the experience made them a much better band.
In 1980, former Yes frontman Jon Anderson released Song Of Seven, an impressive, interesting take on more contemporary, traditional sounds.
To celebrate the century of Dave Brubeck, his family has released Time Outtakes, a collection of recordings from the sessions for Time Out, the 1959 album that helped introduce jazz to the mainstream American listening audience.
A long-thought lost live recording of Ella Fitzgerald in Berlin offers up an enjoyable–if not slightly standard–performance by the legendary jazz vocalist.
Reggae label Trojan Records conceived a unique idea: release an album containing the divisive orchestral backing tracks and release them as an Easy Listening records. Thus was born Reggae Strings, a delightful record that stands on its own merits. This new collection offers a second disc that features the original songs, and turning the curiosity into an essential best-of for the first era of the beloved label.
After releasing their first major flop, Irish rockers U2 produced an amazing comeback album, a tight, concise album that smartly stripped away the band’s excesses. A lavish new box set captures the excitement of the era where a find band returns to form.
In 2005, Mercury Rev released its follow-up to the masterpiece All Is Dream. Unfortunately, The Secret Migration largely went ignored. This new deluxe edition offers a fresh and vital reconsideration of an album much better than the indifference at the time might have led you to believe.