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Gram Parsons

Archives Vol. 1 | Amoeba
These two discs go a long way toward supporting the notion that Parsons was a pivotal player in the rise of country rock.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 07, 2008


Boys Noize

Oi Oi Oi | Last Gang
Aficionados and connoisseurs of dance music qua dance music will find Oi Oi Oi a potent, concentrated dose of the undiluted pure stuff.
By: ANDREW GRAHAM  |  January 07, 2008


Reverend Organdrum

Hi-Fi Stereo | Yep Roc
Reverend Organdrum come by their name honestly.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 07, 2008



D-Sides | EMI
It’s a butcher’s trashcan of a double-length album.
By: PATRICK CATES  |  January 07, 2008


Little Big Town

A Place To Land | Equity
Although you may wish that the first single wasn’t about life on the road, even it is soaked in a sweetness that’s too rare these days.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  December 31, 2007


Persian Electronic Music: Yesterday and Today, 1966-2006

First things first: this is not, as its title might lead you to believe, a compilation of Iranian electronic music by a variety of artists.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 31, 2007


Carla Bley

The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu | Watt/ECM
No one is writing — or playing — more beautiful jazz.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 31, 2007


Queen Latifah

Trav'lin Light | Verve
Queen Latifah is never going to be Billie Holiday.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 31, 2007



The Joshua Tree: 20th Anniversary | Island
It was with The Joshua Tree that they became stadium-ready international superstars and solidified their relationship with producer Brian Eno.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 31, 2007



Masters of War | Megaforce
Leslie West is known as a guitar man, but on the latest album by his long-time band Mountain, vocals are every bit as crucial.
By: BRETT SINGER  |  December 26, 2007


DJ Drama

Gangsta Grillz: The Album | Atlantic
The West Coast is conspicuously under-represented.
By: ANDREW GRAHAM  |  December 26, 2007


Ky-Mani Marley

Radio | Vox/AAO
It’s a little jarring to hear him dropping f-bombs and rapping about packing heat all over his fourth album
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 26, 2007



Digital Shades, Vol. 1 | Mute
M83 do something unexpected on Digital Shades, Vol. 1 , diving headlong into ambient music.
By: RICHARD BECK  |  December 26, 2007


Armor for Sleep

Smile for Them | Sire
It's kind of refreshing to hear a bitchy emo record that doesn’t direct all its ire toward the heartless females.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 26, 2007



Untrue | Hyperdub
Dubstep has been given its Dizzee Rascal moment with the release of Burial’s Untrue , the elusive London producer’s second album.
By: NICK SYLVESTER  |  December 26, 2007



Christmas Wish: Deluxe Edition | Clang!
First released in 1979, it’s a warm-hearted folk-rock number that should have become a holiday standard decades ago.
By: BRETT MILAN0  |  December 17, 2007


Glenn Gould: The Original Jacket Collection

Even when Glenn Gould was not at his best, he was an indispensable artist.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 20, 2007


City of Dreams: A Collections of New Orleans Music

City of Dreams never comes off as an epitaph.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 17, 2007


Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration

This year, California’s Concord label took ownership of Memphis’s greatest musical treasure chest, the Stax Records catalogue.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 17, 2007


Terry Adams

Rhythm Spell | Clang!
NRBQ are still on hiatus, maybe for good, but leader Terry Adams’s latest solo set has the sound and the style of a vintage Q album.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  December 17, 2007



Straight Outta Compton, 20th Anniversary Edition | Ruthless/Priority
Twenty years later, Straight Outta Compton holds up better than most of the East Coast albums released around the same time.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 17, 2007

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