Album of the Week

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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...

Knuckle Down

The 13th album from Buffalo, NY's most successful export in fiercely-independent music marks a promising return to form for DiFranco with a richly-textured collection of songs. Knuckle Down...

Standing Room Only

The 18th album from the long-running blues collective is a polished collection of 14 songs, spanning the gamut from the R...

The Tigers Have Spoken

The fourth album by alt-country singer/songwriter Neko Case is also her first live album. A brief collection of tunes--clocking in under 33 minutes of music--The Tigers Have Spoken is nonetheless a...

Spooked

British singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock has written that "In this world of doubt, one thing is certain for me; that I will go on writing songs up to and--I hope, through heavenly means or...

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

A decade and a half ago, U2 decided to reinvent themselves for the dawning 1990s. They switched from a studied seriousness to a multi-layered irony, while trying to push themselves into sonic terrain...

Universal United House of Prayer

The fifth solo album by the Ohio-born, Nashville-based singer and guitarist is a thematic album, a collection of songs about God or the soul. After his last album (2002's Midnight and Lonesome),...

Billy Miles

Hailing from Southern California, Billy Miles proudly pays no heed to any clear-cut stylistic genre boundaries. The cultural contrasts of her multi-racial background—her father is African-American,...

Loteria de la Cumbia Lounge

Charanga Cakewalk is the new project from journeyman session musician Michael Ramos, who has previously been a member of The Bodeans and has worked with Patty Griffin, Paul Simon, John Mellencamp,...

Violence in the Snowy Fields

Sounding like a cross between timeless murder ballads and the crisply emotive chamber folk of Nick Drake, Dolorean's third album finds them deepening their subtle resolve. Built around the songs and...

West Indian Girl

Sometimes an album comes along which feels like exactly the right album at the right time, with a fresh spin and a new synthesis of older styles. The self-titled debut from Los Angeles outfit West...

The Clarence Greenwood Recordings

This is the second solo album from Clarence Greenwood, a.k.a. Citizen Cope. The engaging beat-driven singer/songwriter grew up in the Washington DC area, and he cut his teeth performing briefly with...

Trampin'

Poet-turned-rock-star Patti Smith proves on her latest album that, even as many of her peers have melllowed with age, she is still unafraid to make the Bold Rock Statement. But unlike some of today's...

Van Lear Rose

Van Lear Rose, by any standards, is one of the most remarkable albums of the year. Ten years ago Loretta Lynn, country legend and coal miner's daughter, was effectively retired from the music...

Simple Truths

The Holmes Brothers' latest album is their first since the acclaimed 2001 release Speaking in Tongues. Four originals mixed with a diverse selection of cover songs, Simple Truths combines the vocal...

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