Posts Tagged ‘album’

Rodney Crowell "Sex and Gasoline" Yep Roc Records

Rodney Crowell "Sex and Gasoline" Yep Roc Records

by Mike Hennessey Rodney Crowell is a critically-acclaimed member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame with thirty years worth of chart-topping, Grammy-nominated music behind him. However, his latest release, Sex and Gasoline, arrives with a tired title stripped from the album’s faintly sanctimonious opening track, a hoary critique of the female beauty-industrial complex. Mr. […]

Hank III "Damn Right, Rebel Proud" Sidewalk Records

Hank III "Damn Right, Rebel Proud" Sidewalk Records

by Miles Price Shelton Hank Williams, III, the rambunctious grandson of country royalty, released his fourth self-produced record late last month. Damn Right, Rebel Proud is a hellbilly bender of smoking train beats and testimonials of losing control…and loving it. Just as tight and energetic as Shelton’s last album, Straight to Hell, I think Damn […]

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals "Cardinology" Lost Highway Records

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals "Cardinology" Lost Highway Records

by Johnny Napoli Ryan Adams & The Cardinals’ “Cardinology” is Adams’ first full-length album billed with The Cardinals since 2005’s “Jacksonville City Nights,” but it shows here that both he and his band have gotten their shtick down by now. That’s not to say that this is Adams at his best, but he certainly seems […]

Cold War Kids "Loyalty to Loyalty" Downtown Records

Cold War Kids "Loyalty to Loyalty" Downtown Records

by J. Raines Atop the Mulberry Street Ristorante in Fullerton, CA, there lies a very cozy apartment. Up above in that apartment years ago there was often heard the sound of stomping, of clinging tambourines and cymbals, of piano ballads and jangely guitars. This was the birth place of Cold War Kids, and they kept […]

The Wood Brothers "Loaded" Blue Note

The Wood Brothers "Loaded" Blue Note

by Kyle McCraw Every so often, you stumble upon an album that is immediately indispensable. Such was my experience first hearing The Wood Brothers’ debut, “Ways Not to Lose,” and I was worried that their follow-up, “Loaded” would not live up to my high expectations. In a sense, it didn’t because this feels less like […]

Emmylou Harris “All I Intended to Be” Nonesuch Records

Emmylou Harris “All I Intended to Be” Nonesuch Records

County Legend Emmylou Harris, a self-described “finder of songs and gatherer of songs” has outdone herself with what deserves to be regarded as one of the year’s most remarkable country albums. Her first solo album since 2003, “All I Intended to Be” showcases Harris’s unparalleled gift for song selection. The album’s thirteen tracks are masterfully […]

Bonnie “Prince” Billy “Lie Down in the Light” Drag City

Bonnie “Prince” Billy “Lie Down in the Light” Drag City

by Jesse Hill Will Oldham. The haunting, Appalachian shapeshifter: father, mother, son, daughter, minstrel, lumberjack, monster, goat, snake, earth, water, wind, and fire. His prolific body of work weaves in and out of the eastern side of the mountain’s morning sunlight and the darkness of the deep, briar filled forest it borders. His innocence as […]

Vetiver “Thing of the Past” Gnomonsong

Vetiver “Thing of the Past” Gnomonsong

by Jesse Hill This is a covers record. However, unless you have spent hours in an attic filled with jars of pickled fairies, a chest full of Jesse James’s handkerchiefs, a library of leather-bound books on spells and sorcery, a locked cabinet rumored to be filled with American-Indian jewelry made of human parts, and a […]

George Jones “Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets” Bandit Records

George Jones “Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets” Bandit Records

The rich, throaty tones of George Jones are one of the most instantly recognizable sounds in county music. Unless this reviewer misses his guess, C&W fans will be hearing that old familiar voice a lot in the coming months — because the Possum’s latest CD release is radio gold. Burn Your Playhouse Down includes 12 […]

Levon Helm "Dirt Farmer" Vanguard Records

Levon Helm "Dirt Farmer" Vanguard Records

Lindsey Oechsle “Ramble On: Levon Helm has yet to dance his Last Waltz” Sometimes even the strongest soldier falls, but folk rock legend Levon Helm is still peacefully battling on. His latest victory—overcoming throat cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 1996—inspires the 2007 release of Grammy Award-winning Dirt Farmer. Unlike several musical counterparts of […]

Robbie Fulks "Revenge" Yep Roc

Robbie Fulks "Revenge" Yep Roc

Kyle McCraw “Sweet! Cheap! Live!” reads the cover of Robbie Fulks’ new double disc live album; Fulks even calls live albums rip-offs during the acoustic set. It’s a bit of the self-effacing humor that fans of the alt-country/neo-traditionalist country/roots rock artist should find familiar, and it’s certain that Fulks wants his live album to be […]

Drive-By Truckers "Brighter than Creation's Dark" New West

Drive-By Truckers "Brighter than Creation's Dark" New West

by Kyle McCraw One thing is clear: Drive-By Truckers is a band that believes in the album as a format. “Brighter than Creations Dark” is more than a collection of songs. They are songs that make sense together and flow into each other organically. After the soft, mournful “Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife” has […]

Pedro the Lion

Pedro the Lion

by Jason Estopinal Country Music Goodness had the privilege of talking on the phone with Pedro The Lion’s front man David Bazan while him and his band was driving through Canada on tour. Discussing politics, the Christian faith and carbohydrates, this conversation lasted 3 hours in length and unfortunately had to be downsized to what […]

Silver Jews

Silver Jews

by Rebecca Zaragoza One could research the Silver Jews and their music and come to find some common themes throughout texts. I encourage you to do so and you will begin to resonate with this proposal. When you consider the criticisms written by music’s brightest elitists, you find patterns and a passion of a band… […]