Album of the Week

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My Better Self

Infusing her songs with subtle politics, spiritual themes, and the power and beauty of nature, Dar Williams continues on her sixth studio release her strong tradition of fine songwriting as well as...

X&Y

The third and latest disc from the English band continues the evolution in their levitating, sweeping rock. Though the band continues to wear their influences on their sleeve in no small amount,...

Chasing Down a Spark

Pittsburgh's own Bill Deasy, frontman for '90s band The Gathering Field, has been releasing his own solo albums in recent years. The follow-up to 2003's well-received Good Day, No Rain is another...

The Soul Truth

The second-generation blues star and first-class belter just released her fourth album. She's been blessed with some great collaborations along the way--her last album was produced by Dr. John. The...

Mr Hollywood Jr. 1947

Michael Penn's new album, his fifth overall, is his first recorded and released outside of the major record labels. Recorded at his home studio, the album is generally set in post-World War II Los...

Rebel, Sweetheart

Mike Sauter, WYEP Music Director

Don't Ask Don't Tell

After releasing rather few new albums in the past decade, Michelle Shocked currently has out not one, not two, but three new albums. Don't Ask Don't Tell is ostensibly the rock 'n' roll CD. There...

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...

The Mysterious Production of Eggs

The fifth album by the Chicago native by the inventive singer/songwriter, known of late for his fascinating and unique layered sound--chock full of violin, glockenspiel, and like any good bird,...

Martha Wainwright

The debut album from yet another talented member of the Wainwright family demonstrates clearly how deep that gene pool truly is. The daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the...

Heard It on the X

The third album from the collective Los Super Seven assembled by artist manager Dan Goodman is an energized package of Latin rock and pop-tinged songs. Each outing for the collective not only has a...

We Will Become Like Birds

Erin McKeown's fourth album is a deeply personal release, dealing with breakup and life transition. From the negative experiences which served as the album's wellspring, McKeown has crafted a...

Songs for Silverman

Songs for Silverman is the second solo album from Ben Folds, and his first studio outing in 4 years. It's a work of subtely and maturity from a master of melodious piano-pop. From "Battle of Who...

Haughty Melodic

Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty has emerged with his first full-fledged studio album since the dissolution of his erstwhile quirky New York band. That the album is clever, witty, and a...

Verve Remixed 3

The third CD of the series continues its high standards of great source material from the Verve Records' vault, groovily remixed by some talented producers and DJs. Perhaps the best track on...

Twenty

The five-time Grammy-winning blues/R...

In Your Arms Again

The veteran bluesman's latest CD provides another strong entry into the 42-year, and around 30-album career. A stripped-down affair recorded in a trio configuration, In Your Arms Again is a...

Strangers

The third full-length album by the English singer and songwriter features more of his standard terrific pop melodies, chock full of rough edges and singalong choruses. Harcourt can craft fine songs,...

Nashville

Josh Rouse, the Nebraska-born singer/songwriter is no longer based in Nashville, as he has been for years. He's now living in Spain. So just as his last album commemorated the year of his birth, 1972...

Back to Me

Sophomore slump? What sophomore slump? The Ottawa singer/songwriter's second album packs as much of a punch as her debut. On this release, Edwards fights her way through a maelstrom of memories and...

Fine Upstanding Citizen

This is Maia Sharp's third album, and it's just as solid as her last one, 2002's self-titled CD. Those who are enamored of her powerful voice and songwriting skills will find much to like on this...

The Beekeeper

Tori Amos' latest disc is her eighth solo album of new material, and while it doesn't fully return her to the emotional directness or melodic power of her early '90s discs, it comes close. Like 2002'...

Forever Hasn't Happened Yet

The new solo album by the former bass player for the rootsy L.A. punk band X is a diverse collection of tunes about troubled souls, from the emotionally-charged acoustic number "Twin Brother" to the...

Strawberry Lover

Singer/songwriter Jess Klein's first album since her work with the 2002 supergroup Voices on the Verge is quite an enjoyable collection of songs. Although born in and a current resident of New...

In Between Dreams

Hawaii native Jack Johnson, a professional surfer and filmmaker in addition to a singer/songwriter, continues his seemingly never-ending talent showcase with this third album (not including...

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