"Take on Me" made them global superstars, selling out arenas worldwide - but can they mend the broken friendships? A-Ha: The Movie follows the band over their entire career, telling the full story of how three young men followed their impossible dream of becoming worldwide pop stars and what happened after that.
On Wilco’s widely acclaimed 4th album, the band delved further into atmospherics and complexity, leaning more toward artsier indie rock than their original Americana sound. Favorites like “Jesus, Etc” with its lovely strings, the lively, lightly psychedelic "Heavy Metal Drummer," and the airy “Poor Places” can be revisited here in all their newly remastered glory. This expanded reissue features a second disc of previously unreleased alternate versions and bonus tracks for fans to absorb and understand the process behind the album.
The Girl From Chickasaw County [Highlights] is the new, more digestible version of 2018’s epic 8-disc box set documenting Bobbie Gentry’s entire Capitol Records oeuvre. These highlights do an excellent job capturing the musical magic of Gentry’s genre-spanning career. Her voice is silky smooth, languid, and evocative on the country, soul, and folk numbers. When the tracks move into psychedelic and funk territory, her voice drips with the grit and heat of the Mississippi Delta. Gentry’s obviously a legend but for many of us, she deserved a reassessment and a stunning, fresh reintroduction. The Girl from Chickasaw County [Highlights] does so with aplomb.
The experimental English rock band serves up a feverishly intense and intricate new album full of clever character stories, social criticism, and sardonic humor. Their unique blend of prog-rock, punk, and noise remains fascinating, three albums in.
The New Faith tells an Afrofuturist story set in a far-future world devastated by climate change. Jake Blount and his collaborators embody a group of Black climate refugees as they invoking spirituals that are age-old even now, familiar in their content but extraordinary in their presentation.
On her latest album, the Fantastic Beasts actor pours out her soul into songs of life, love, and loss. Leaving her A Fine Frenzy moniker behind in favor of her own name, Alison Sudol starts a new chapter by crafting a hauntingly beautiful musical memoir. “Playground” and “Wasteland” venture into celestial alt-country territory, while the album closer “Meteor Shower” does Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds proud.
Pocket Fantasy , the sophomore release from Austin’s Mamalarky, is a jangly, bouncy bunch of alterno-pop with threads of easygoing ‘60s folk-psyche woven throughout. Steered by the delicacy of guitarist-vocalist Livvy Bennett, Pocket Fantasy feels close and intimate, yet the music is interspersed with field recordings that give the listener the feeling of being immersed in nature.
The heavy metal heroes’ first new album in 6 years offers brooding anthems like “The Writing On The Wall” and the exciting lows and highs of an opus like “Hell on Earth.” The band's latest evolution, first begun back on 2000's Brave New World , continues to enrich their own distinctive sound: dark and heavy, complex and majestic. The 2CD edition includes a lenticular collectible art card.
The prolific son of Blues great Luther Allison, Bernard delivers a vibrant, versatile new album. “So Excited” is a satisfying hard-rocker; “My Way or the Highway” offers a swinging groove, while “Strain on My Heart” is a soulful number with lively saxophone.
After an eight-year hiatus, OFF! come blazing back with their dynamic, frenetic new album, Free LSD . This time around, Keith Morris (ex-Black Flag, Circle Jerks) and Dimitri Coats (ex-Burning Brides) are joined by bassist Autry Fulbright II (...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead) and drummer Justin Brown (Thundercat, Herbie Hancock) for a punk rock tour de force that feels unpredictable and deeply alive. The tracks are short and sweet, bursting with hardcore energy and free jazz (yes, free jazz) fire. This band just keeps getting better and better. Free LSD features cover art by yet another punk rock legend, Raymond Pettibon.