Album of the Week

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We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

Bruce Springsteen's twenty-first album is a tribute album of sorts, dedicated to folk and traditional songs associated with folk legend Pete Seeger. Springsteen has said, "So much of my writing,...

Under the Covers, Vol. 1

Take one part 1980s guitar pop singer. Add one part 1990s guitar pop singer/songwriter. Combine with 15 songs from the heyday of psychedelic guitar pop, and mix. Those are basically the...

122 Ellsworth

The Boogie Hustlers are an eight-piece funk and soul group based in Pittsburgh. The band has been together since 2003, and their debut album features an engaging mixture of funk and soul. The album...

Citation

When Scott Miller was preparing to write the songs which would become his third solo album Citation, he rented an apartment in an area in his native Knoxville called Fort Sanders, a neighborhood...

How We Operate

The U.K. band Gomez is back with their fifth studio album, and the first for a new record label. After recording for Virgin Records since their debut, they moved over to Dave Matthews' ATO Records....

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The Little Willies

This debut album is by a group of musical "ringers" having a grand ole time playing country tunes. Fronted by Norah Jones and fellow New York singer/songwriter Richard Julian, The Little Willies fuse...

Streets of New York

The New York-based singer/songwriter is back with only about his fifth studio album in his quarter-century long career, but it's a stunner. The fourteen song album is great, tuneful rock 'n' roll...

The Believer

Rhett Miller, singer and guitarist for Old 97s, steps out for his second solo album featuring a dozen pop-rock gems polished to a gleaming state. The first single, "Help Me, Suzanne," is a jangle-pop...

Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

The fifth album by alt-country singer/songwriter Neko Case is a beautiful set of songs. Case is back with the first studio set in four years of her hallmark sound, her Patsy Cline-inspired alt-...

Both Sides of the Gun

The seventh studio album from the California-born singer/songwriter is his first double album of new material. Although the running time could have fit on one disc, Harper separated Both Sides of the...

American Myth

Jackie Greene'sophomore release is quite different from his debut according to the artist. "Sweet Somewhere Bound" was a solo effort and the songs reflected that in both spirit and arrangement. "...

The Life Pursuit

The Scottish group has always been known for their quirky pop sensibilities, and the new album is a fine example of their style. Belle...

I'm a Mountain

In the two years since singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer's last album, All of Our Names, she has become more deeply involved in environmental projects in her native Ontario, Canada. So, too, has she...

Hope and Desire

The fourth studio album from the Boston blues singer and musician is a very different record for her. Not only did she not write any material of her own, but she also doesn't play any guitar on it....

Behind the Levee

The New Orleans group pay tribute to stories and legends of their native city on their sixth and latest studio album. Recorded before Hurricane Katrina devasted the area, the album has a wistfulness...

Comfort of Strangers

Orton returns with her fourth album, marking the 10th anniversary of her debut album Trailer Park. Comfort of Strangers is an initimate album, a kaleidescopic look at affairs of the heart draped over...

If Songs Could Be Held

Rosie Thomas grew up in Detroit the daughter of two musicians, eventually relocating to Seattle to attend a private performing arts conservatory there. She began performing at comedy clubs, even once...

Black Cadillac

The new album by Rosanne Cash is her eleventh studio release and her first in three years. The material was written during a two year period during which Rosanne lost her father Johnny, her mother...

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Aerial

What other recent album—or indeed any album—features songs about Elvis Presely, Joan of Arc, an ode to the number pi in which a shockingly large number of pi's actual digits are sung? All this plus a...

Coles Corner

Sheffield, England, native Richard Hawley often sounds like a performer you'd hear on a David Lynch movie soundtrack—his style merges that of an early rock...

Guero

The eighth album by Beck continues his musical evolution with a complicated, 14-song album which will variously delight, amaze, and confound listeners. He's got his usual fascinating melange of...

Back to Me

The Ottawa singer/songwriter's second outing is a beaut. Rarely is a performer able to toss aside any notion of a sophomore slump as confidently and authoritatively as Edwards did on this great set...

Haughty Melodic

Throughout December we are revisiting some of 2005's best albums which were previously featured as a CD of the Week, and we continue with the latest from former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty...

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