Monthly Archives: May 2018

John Prine – Tree of Forgiveness

John Prine- Tree of Forgiveness
Genre: Folk/Country
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 6.5/10
Commentary: John Prine is one of those song writers who just can’t produce a bad album. This one is classic John Prine – dark but with strategic doses of optimism deployed just when things seem about to collapse from too much self-deprecation. It isn’t Prine’s very best, but it’s a solid entry.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Various – Johnny Cash: Forever Words

Johnny Cash- Forever Words
Genre: Rock
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 6.5/10
Commentary: This album is surprisingly good. A series of left-over lyrics and writing fragments from Johnny Cash, made into songs by an interesting range of artists. There are a few forgettable entries (“Why do we still listen to Elvis Costello?”) but also some great standouts, especially “Gold All Over the Ground” (which might be the best thing Brad Paisley has ever done), and “You Never Knew My Mind” (delivered, heartbreakingly and in good form, by Chris Cornell).
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Hugh Masekela – ’66-’76

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Genre: Jazz
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8.5/10
Commentary: Hugh Masekela–the great South African trumpet player, musical virtuoso, and activist–just died this year. This great first retrospective brings together a lot of hard-to-find music, showcasing his diverse musical styles and political edge.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

Golden hour Kacey Musgraves
Genre: Pop
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: This album has been getting inflated reviews from lots of folks who don’t understand much about country music and are just utterly flabbergasted to here such a solid pop album. It is still a very good album; “Butterflies” is a perfect radio single. And, despite being a perfect pop confection, the album is trippy and elusive in a way that is unsettling and subversive.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

La Armada – Anti-colonial Vol. 1

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Genre: Hardcore Punk/Thrash Metal
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 6.5/10
Commentary: Great politically-charged cross-over metal. Music to be make you angry, and get you out on the streets. Lots of sound samples of Trump sounding stupid about walls and Mexicans and everything else. The band–originally from the Dominican Republic–moves effortlessly between Spanish and English in a way that amplifies the political urgency of the message.
More info: here.
Listen: here.