Tag Archives: Albums (2017)

Thinkin’ things through: Angaleena Presley and Kendrick Lamar

Angaleena Presley – Wrangled To denounce the state of country music, Nashville rapper Yelawolf rasps, “Just a crazy load of these country posers/I supposed a couple are real, but they’ll never make it/So Thank God for Sturgill Simpson/cuz Music Row can … Continue reading

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‘Cuidado Madame’ — Arto Lindsay’s refusal to chill

I learned about Arto Lindsay from reading Robert Christgau’s “Unlikely Samba,” collected in Grown Up All Wrong. Mundo Civilizado would never have topped my album list in 1997, but I can understand a person’s attachment to the skill with which … Continue reading

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Brad Paisley wants to break your selfie stick

Brad Paisley – Love and War A decade ago the overweight bubba type in Brad Paisley’s “Online” marveled at how quickly a doctored selfie would get him dates. Now the practice creeps Paisley the fuck out. With a title format used … Continue reading

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New Pornographers and Joey Bada$$

Joey Bada$$ – All Amerikkkan Bada$$ When J. Cole shows up on a track, it makes sense—I’d been thinking of the extent to which this sophomore album is into Cole mining. Liberal, thoughtful, and as friendly as a dollar bill, … Continue reading

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The limits of love men: Trey Songz and Drake

Trey Songz – Tremaine the Album 2014’s Trigga had “Touchin’ Lovin’,” one of Nicki Minaj’s most lascivious recent guest spots. Left to his own devices, Tremaine Aldon Neverson tries to abandon the soft ‘n’ wetness tradition of which he and Chris … Continue reading

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A certain time, a certain place: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tango in the Night’

A few years ago I found this story about the recording of Tango in the Night, Fleetwood Mac’s fifth with Lindsey Buckingham and first with Stevie Nicks as a triggered Fairlight sample. Press around the album centered on Buckingham’s exit … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney’s forgotten ‘Flowers in the Dirt’ gets the reissue

Released at the nadir of his commercial fortune, Flowers in the Dirt was Paul McCartney’s response to the Steve Winwoods, Moody Blues, Grateful Deads, Monkees, and other mummified contemporaries scoring MTV play and Michelob money. Platinum albums too – former … Continue reading

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The dogged consistency of Spoon

Spoon – Hot Thoughts Listeners who reject “Can I Sit Next to You” have no business listening to Spoon. Coy erotics, clipped “Down on the Corner” riff, handclaps, inapposite synth strings, Britt Daniel’s starchy howl from the depths of a … Continue reading

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Tunesmiths: Sunny Sweeney and The Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Fields – 50-Song Memoir Read student work often enough and the maxim “say what you mean” acquires the force of scientific law. But when Stephen Merritt writes “masterpiece of catastrophic love/In a small New England town” and, in … Continue reading

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Pros clocking in: Jidenna and Future

Future – Future “Mask Off” boasts the most becoming production since 2015’s “Blood on the Money.” With help from Frank Dukes, Metro Boomin wraps a melancholy flute melody from 1973’s “Prison Song” around a trap beat. Elsewhere on this fun … Continue reading

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Troubadours and soothsayers: Jens Lekman and David Bowie

Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now A decade ago, this Swede released Night Falls Over Kortedala, an album of singer-songwriter would-be pop whose romantic fables began and ended with jokes, usually at the expense of the Pagliacci singing … Continue reading

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Voices carry: Brantley Gilbert and Migos

Brantley Gilbert – The Devil Don’t Sleep His voice as blustery as a Sunday afternoon storm, Brantley Gilbert re-listened to the guitars on his three other studio albums and said they won’t do; now they’re as loud as the voice, … Continue reading

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