Music Reviews archive
Watch Sylvester: 'Mighty Real' Disco Star Deserves A Modern Spotlight
July 16, 2013 – The disco star was not only a pioneer, but also someone with whom the times have finally caught up.
Read Crystalline New Music For Flutes And Mallets
Read Jay-Z Swings Triumphant Then Trivial On 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'
July 11, 2013 – The rapper's new album is an uneven but intriguing collection of songs.
Watch Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Is A Fait Accompli
Read Two New Jazz Albums Recall The Wide Open Spaces of The West
July 9, 2013 – Rich Halley is inspired by Oregon's mountains and Wheelhouse makes music that evokes the Plains.
Read On Two New Albums, A Modern-Minded Brass Band Cuts Loose
July 8, 2013 – Virginia's No BS! Brass Band taps into, and ultimately expands, the brass-band tradition.
Read Eleanor Friedberger's 'Personal Record' Examines The Little Things
July 8, 2013 – The Fiery Furnaces member writes songs with John Wesley Harding on her new solo album.
Read Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime
July 1, 2013 – A film adaptation of the classic opera by the famed director yields mixed results.
Read Into Womanhood, With A Girlfriend Hand In Hand
Read Chico Mann: Plastic Keys, Blinking Lights And Burbling Beats
June 26, 2013 – Mann uses a host of electronic playthings to craft 1980s "boogie" rhythms on Magical Thinking.
Read 'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch
June 26, 2013 – Aki Takase's new album of Duke Ellington tunes reflects influences from Monk to Schoenberg.
Read For Mavis Staples, 'One True Vine' Brings Together Kindred Spirits
June 25, 2013 – The soul singer's new album follows a narrative arc of struggle, acceptance and salvation.
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.