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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...

True Love

Toots Hibbert is one of reggae's key figures. He's even the one who popularized the term "reggae," with his 1968 song "Do the Reggay." And The Maytals were featured along with Jimmy Cliff and Desmond...

Retriever

Unlike his last album, Cobblestone Runway, which saw him experimenting with more electronic sounds than his, Retriever is a straight-ahead singer/songwriter album with undistorted electric guitar and...

Live at Union Chapel DVD

Recorded live in Live at Union Chapel captures David Byrne at his most irreverent. Performing 18 songs spanning four decades, Byrne effortlessly weaves lyrically potent compositions and compelling...

The Delivery Man

With The Delivery Man--Elvis Costello and the Imposters' first release for Lost Highway--one of modern music's most admired and prolific talents has delivered a remarkable album that draws on deep...

Trouble

The best songs on Trouble, the debut release from songwriter Ray LaMontagne, draw on deep wells of emotion, and with LaMontagne's sandpapery voice, which recalls a gruffer, more sedate version of Tim...

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Break It Yourself

Is there anyone in music today as astute as Andrew Bird in creating what critics like to call “soundscapes?” To immerse yourself in one of his albums is to journey away from the ordinary to a place...

Riot on an Empty Street

The Norwegian Simon and Garfunkel build their Bookends such clever boys! with this album's wondrous opener, "Homesick," Norway's Kings of Convenience have created the acoustic equivalent of an M.C....

Careless Love

Boasting an enthralling voice many have regarded as reminiscent of Billie Holiday's, Madeleine Peyroux burst onto the music scene eight years ago with the extremely successful release of Dreamland....

Vuelta

Vuelta is Shindell's first new studio album since moving to Argentina in 2000. (2002's Courier was a live set recorded at venues around New York City the year prior.) The nine originals here are...

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