• Chemtrails Over the Country Club

    Chemtrails Over the Country Club

    Del Rey, Lana

    Features eleven songs, including singles Let Me Love You Like a Woman and the title track. (syndetics)

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  • Evermore

    Evermore

    Swift, Taylor

    Just months after releasing the biggest selling album of 2020, and a few days before her birthday, Taylor Swift surprised fans again with her ninth studio album. Billed as the sister album to Folklore, it includes the single Willow. (syndetics)

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  • Way Down in the Rust Bucket

    Way Down in the Rust Bucket

    Young, Neil

    History shows us there are plenty of bands where the whole is more than the sum of the parts, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse are a great example of how the right combination of musicians can create a tide that lifts all boats. Though Crazy Horse never do anything especially complicated, the loose but thoroughly deep groove they generate fits Young's musical ideas better than nearly any of his collaborators, and they give him the room to stretch out on guitar and make the most of his noisy explorations of melodic space; Young is rarely as inspired a soloist as he is with Crazy Horse, and they were in especially fine form on 1990's Ragged Glory, where their laid-back thunder brought out some especially inspired performances after a string of inconsistent projects from Young in the '80s. They were about to hit the road in support of the album when they played a pair of shows at The Catalyst, a 800-capacity club in Santa Cruz, California, to familiarize themselves with the material. Way Down in the Rust Bucket gives an authorized release to a previously bootlegged performance on November 13, 1990 when the group ambled through 19 songs in just under two-and-a-half hours. If it's possible to rock hard and seem relaxed at the same time, that's exactly the vibe that informs Way Down in the Rust Bucket. This doesn't match the fire of the arena shows that followed (you can hear what they sounded like on 1991's Weld), but Crazy Horse sound like they're having a great time making their way through most of Ragged Glory and throwing in some favorites from their back catalog along the way (even more surprising than hearing three tunes from 1975's Zuma is the appearance of two from 1981's noisy and idiosyncratic Re-ac-tor). Way Down in the Rust Bucket sometimes sounds like the musicians are playing for themselves as much as the audience, suggesting a public rehearsal tape, and that actually works in its favor; Young and his bandmates aren't pushing themselves especially hard, but they find the sweet spot in these songs and ride it for all its worth. Young was clearly having a great night on guitar, with Crazy Horse more than happy to help him out. Way Down in the Rust Bucket isn't one of the more revelatory items to emerge from Neil Young's archives since he began major excavation in the mid-2000s. However, for those who consider the joyous stomp of Neil Young & Crazy Horse rock & roll comfort food at its best, this is a feast to savor, a long and rollicking celebration of the pleasures of turning up the amps and inviting in the spirit. ~ Mark Deming (syndetics)

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  • Greatest Hits 1970-2002

    Greatest Hits 1970-2002

    John, Elton

    Greatest Hits 1970-2002 is a nearly flawless double-disc set commemorating Elton John's three-decade career. Disc one features what may arguably be John's most essential work: Seeing songs such as "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Candle in the Wind," and "Bennie and the Jets" -- not to mention "Your Song," "Rocket Man," and "Tiny Dancer" -- lined up back to back reaffirms just how diverse, and yet universal, his songwriting talent is. Disc two finds this talent maturing gracefully into the '80s, '90s, and beyond, touching on pop gems like "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," "I'm Still Standing," and "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" as well as his Lion King classic "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" and the Aida duet "Written in the Stars" with LeAnn Rimes. The collection also finds room for the highlights of his most recent albums, including Made in England's "Believe" and "Blessed," The Big Picture's "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," and Songs from the West Coast's "This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore." For most casual fans, Greatest Hits 1970-2002 will replace the need for collections such as Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, and Greatest Hits, Vol. 3, although these collections are still worthwhile as of-their-time retrospectives of John's work. ~ Heather Phares (syndetics)

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  • Shore

    Shore

    Fleet Foxes (Musical group)

    The band's fourth studio album is a collection of fifteen new songs. (syndetics)

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  • Punisher

    Punisher

    Bridgers, Phoebe

    Indie singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers's popularity exploded after the release of her 2017 debut Stranger in the Alps. Her sad, sardonic songs were undercut by her dry wit, and her straightforward delivery of emotionally naked material placed her in a lineage of songwriting excellence that included Elliott Smith, Neko Case, and Cat Power. Second solo album Punisher arrives after two high-profile collaborations: a 2018 EP from boygenius, her supergroup with Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, and Better Oblivion Community Center, a makeshift band based around songs written by Bridgers and Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst. Back on her own with Punisher, Bridgers offers up a set of hushed narratives that push her music into new, ominous places. After a brief instrumental introduction, "Garden Song" is a gentle blur of acoustic guitars, slow-moving electronics, and lyrics rich with imagery of houses on fire, flatbed trucks covered in roses, and haunted gardens. Baritone harmonies from Jeroen Vrijhoef and the gurgling textures beneath the song add to the strange atmosphere. Much of Punisher follows a similar formula. Vocals on the title track are doubled with robotic Auto-Tune, making lyrics about loneliness and longing all the more detached. Glistening strings on "Chinese Satellite" and the ghostly wind that blows through "Halloween" add intensity to themes of numbness and a struggle to find authentic emotional connections. The several upbeat moments on the album are some of Bridgers' finest work. "Kyoto" is a bright travelog, painting a brilliant picture of a day on tour in Japan marked by feeling unexpectedly empty and displaced. Dark lyrics are contrasted with a tangle of sunny melodies and the bright trumpet lines that move the song along. Bridgers repeats herself a little bit with the country-tinged harmonies of "Graceland Too," which is similar in execution to boygenius, and some of her melodic turns sound like revisitations of earlier songs. The development on Punisher comes in its subtleties. Where Stranger in the Alps was an excellent showcase for Bridgers' songwriting, the arrangements and production were fairly basic. Punisher's use of moody, barely there electronics and creaky instrumentals enhance the uneasy, dissatisfied feeling of the album. Already masterful at creating sad, smart songs, Bridgers reaches new depths with Punisher. It's an album of shockingly self-aware explorations of dark feelings and Bridgers is more willing than ever before to throw herself headlong into the darkness. ~ Fred Thomas (syndetics)

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  • We Are

    We Are

    Batiste, Jon

    In May 2020, pianist and vocalist Jon Batiste released the song "We Are" in support of the Black Lives Matter protests. A year later, he expanded that song into the vibrantly cross-pollinated full-length album We Are. While jazz is always at the core of Batiste's work, on We Are he dips back into the genre-bending pop and R&B-influenced sound of his Stay Human ensemble (whom he famously performs with on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert). He's assisted by a bevy of production collaborators, including Jahaan Sweet, POMO, and Ricky Reed. We also get appearances by Mavis Staples and Quincy Jones, as well as Batiste's father, Michael Batiste, and grandfather David Gauthier, all of whom add layers of authenticity and biographical texture to the album. While universal in tone, We Are is beautifully inspired by Batiste's life growing up in New Orleans. The record opens with the title track, a passionate, gospel-accented anthem featuring the St. Augustine Marching Band from his high school. We also get "Boyhood," a funky ode to the Big Easy that finds Batiste and fellow New Orleans natives PJ Morton and Trombone Shorty celebrating how the families, food, and culture of their hometown shaped their lives. Batiste sings, "I said I'm far from home but I always represent/I thought I had so much time, I don't know where it went/But now that I'm grown I know what it all meant/No place like New Orleans." Using the best of the past to build toward a better tomorrow is a stirring notion that pervades the album, both musically and thematically. He draws upon the vigorous grooves of New Orleans funk pioneers the Meters with "Tell the Truth" and crafts a buoyant, psychedelic-soul vibe with the help of author Zadie Smith on "Show Me the Way." One of the most vivid encapsulations of his old-meets-new sound on We Are is "I Need You," an electric amalgam of boogie-woogie blues and vintage hip-hop attitude -- like an impossible combination of Little Richard and OutKast. Batiste's genre-mashing reinforces the album's theme of intergenerational wisdom, and it's also wonderfully fun. ~ Matt Collar (syndetics)

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  • Latest Record Project: Volume 1

    Latest Record Project: Volume 1

    Morrison, Van

    In his old age, Van Morrison dispensed with any lingering niceties he harbored, favoring bluntness over poetry. That transition is made plain by the title Latest Record Project, Vol. 1, a literal description of the album if not its contents. Latest Record Project, Vol. 1 is indeed Morrison's latest record project as of 2021 -- it's called "Vol. 1" because he recorded more than enough to fill a second volume, a remarkable feat considering that this album contains 28 tracks and runs well over two hours -- and if that doesn't hint at what the music within sounds like, it's also true that Van Morrison has stayed in his R&B lane for much of the 2010s. Even a detour like You're Driving Me Crazy, a duet album with jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, is distinguished by his choice of collaborator, not a shift in the direction. That can't be said of Latest Record Project, Vol. 1. Van cooks along with a simpatico band who are happy to vamp and groove, taking solos that never, ever distract from their lead singer, who has a lot on his mind. Morrison isn't happy with the state of the world and he takes dead aim at his irritants with song titles that convey as much as his full set of lyrics: "Where Have All the Rebels Gone," "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished," "Stop Bitching, Do Something," "Why Are You on Facebook," and "They Own the Media." The latter song thankfully doesn't descend into conspiracy tropes -- a justifiable worry considering how Van wrote a series of anti-lockdown singles during the Covid-19 pandemic -- but it does show how Morrison's crankiness has calcified into nastiness. As always, his saving grace is his expert control of his voice and good musical taste, qualities that prevent Latest Record Project, Vol. 1 from being as sour as its creator. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (syndetics)

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  • Little Oblivions

    Little Oblivions

    Baker, Julien

    The third studio album by Julien Baker. Recorded in Memphis, TN, the record weaves together unflinching autobiography with assimilated experience and hard-won observations from the past few years, taking Baker's capacity for storytelling to new heights. It also marks a sonic shift, with the songwriter's intimate piano and guitar arrangements newly enriched by bass, drums, keyboards, banjo, and mandolin with nearly all of the instruments performed by Baker. (syndetics)

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  • All the Good Times

    All the Good Times

    Welch, Gillian

    The first Welch/Rawlings collaboration to feature both of their names on the cover received a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. This new reissue will have revised art and packaging, including some new photos. (syndetics) (6/16/2021 6:50:08 AM)

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