Music Reviews archive
Watch Sigur Ros Navigates Unknown Terrain On 'Kveikur'
Read On 'Yeezus,' Kanye West Sounds Strikingly Self-Aware
June 21, 2013 – Ken Tucker says that West's blend of public life and music results in a striking, problematic album.
Read Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again
June 18, 2013 – The 23-year-old jazz phenom makes a huge splash with her takes on vintage jazz and blues numbers.
Watch Kanye's 'Yeezus' Packs A Bite
Read Slaid Cleaves: 'Still Fighting' With Smart Lyrics And Stories
June 13, 2013 – The singer-songwriter's new album was written around "a theme of perseverance through hard times."
Read Fame Studios And The Road To Nashville Songwriting Glory
June 12, 2013 – Ace Records has a new CD of demos from songwriter Dan Penn, who's crafted dozens of soul classics.
Read The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Reviving Caribbean History In 'Santiman'
June 10, 2013 – On its newest album, Santiman, the choir sings songs in tribute to its Haitian ancestors.
Read Arctic Records: Drafting A Blueprint For The Philly Sound
June 10, 2013 – The influential Philly label has just released a set of CDs covering all 60 of its single releases.
Read Peter Pan And Don Quixote Find The 'Home Of Song'
Read Jason Isbell: Literary, But Keeping An Edge On 'Southeastern'
June 6, 2013 – Isbell left Drive-By Truckers partly due to the alcohol abuse he describes on his new album.
Read Shuggie Otis: 40 Years Later, Still An 'Inspiration'
June 4, 2013 – New generations continue to discover the reclusive soul singer-guitarist's most acclaimed album.
Watch 'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain
June 4, 2013 – For a film built from rehearsals on a bare stage, there's a surprising amount of drama.
Read Festival Au Desert: Music Of Peace Not Silenced By War
May 30, 2013 – A new recording from the most recent festival helps fans experience an event canceled by conflict.
Watch Darius Rucker: Busted Hearts And Pickup Trucks