Tag Archives: Albums (2017)

Comebacks: Big Boi, Ride, and Alison Moyet

Big Boi – Boomiverse When Antwan André Patton released his last good album, Barack Obama was in the White House and the Democrats still controlled both chambers. This native Georgian can’t be too happy about the results in the Sixth … Continue reading

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Lorde’s melodramatic flair

The grisly state of American chart pop is good news for Lorde, who introduced herself almost four years ago with a song in which she reveled in being out of place and time. Keeping its title promise, Melodrama arrives as … Continue reading

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So cool, calm, collected: Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie

Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie – Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie The pair has written songs before: the simmering little jam called “World Turning” on Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks’ first record with Fleetwood Mac in 1975; the opalescent “Mystified” and “Isn’t It Midnight” … Continue reading

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Hey, it’s only love: Saint Etienne and Bryson Tiller

Saint Etienne – Home Counties “What kind of fool do you take me for?” Sarah Cracknell asks on “What Kind of World,” and the answer is, no kind of fool, Sarah. On first or even third listen, Home Counties, a … Continue reading

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Joy for its own sake: The Mountain Goats and Ibibio Sound Machine

Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai Led by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams and her seven mates plus more help on backing vocals, mbira, and flutes have created for their second album an intoxicating hybrid of mutant disco and makossa: a … Continue reading

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Smiles won’t fool the public: Paramore and Willie Nelson

Paramore – After Laughter After four albums, including 2013’s eponymous terrific pop breakthrough, and several ex-members with a talent for litigious activity, Paramore has become one helluva efficient act: After Laughter offers twelve tunes of variable quality, each boasting at … Continue reading

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Best albums of 2017 – first quarter and a half

Here are fourteen albums I have felt comfortable replaying. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound The xx – I See You Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now Arto Lindsay – Cuidado … Continue reading

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Still searching: Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige – Strength of a Woman Beloved by a female fanbase proud of its independence, who may read self-help books with enthusiasm but hip to the balderdash, Mary J. Blige has for yeas offered serious competition to Conor Oberst … Continue reading

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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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