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From My Morning Jacket’s early days, frontman Jim James had a thing for vocal reverb. On his second solo covers set, it persists, and serves the project well – these classic songs...

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Neil Young’s latest LP with heartland-rock band Promise of the Real opens with “Already Great,” where the guitars cut like rusty plows and anti-Trump invective becomes bitter tribute:...

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There’s been a bounty of archival Stones releases this year – notably Ladies & Gentleman: The Rolling Stones, the fierce 1972 Fort Worth, Texas, show documented in the film of the same...

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The music that saxophonist Pharoah Sanders made in the late Sixties and early Seventies will probably always be categorized as jazz. But that seems wrong, somehow. Where bebop is all about form and...

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It is nearly business as usual. “Nothing to stop this being the best day ever,” Bono declares in “Love Is All We Have Left,” at the start of U2’s sequel to 2014’s Songs...

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The L.A. soul explorer’s fourth album creates a space where psych-funk splendor coexists with deep anxiety. It’s not all downers: “Pineapple Skies” punctuates its bubbly synths...

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The gospel-soul icon’s third set with producer-collaborator Jeff Tweedy shows his touch more prominently than ever: For the first time he’s penned all the songs (including three co-writes...

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The sequel to Tove Lo’s raw Lady Wood, like her stylized longform videos, deals explicitly with derangement – sexual, emotional, drug-induced. It’d be easy to dismiss as softcore...

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On her first LP in seven years, singer-actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (daughter of Sixties French pop star Serge Gainsbourg) exudes the same droll, distracted sense of uneasy whimsy she’s...

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When Sharon Jones died of pancreatic cancer last year, the world lost its greatest exponent of vintage soul; that she’d first hit her stride in the ’00s with the revivalist, detail-obsessed...

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Quiz: Morrissey’s endless, withering disdain for cultural hypocrisy might get wearisome if not for A) his equally-relentless tenderness, B) his Wildean wit, C) the truth of his observations....

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Arriving less than a year after Lighthouse, David Crosby’s luminous collaboration with jazz-rooted Snarky Puppy bandleader Michael League, Sky Trails nods airily to longtime Croz crony Joni Mitchell’s...