Album Reviews

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Album Releases 10-29-21 – 11-4-21

By Iman Lababedi | October 26, 2021

into rock god land

US Top 10 Albums Dated October 30th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | October 25, 2021

a lame 94K EAUs

Elton John’s “The Lockdown Sessions” Reviewed

By Jack Phillips | October 24, 2021

“Elton in the house!” 

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-22-21 – 10-27-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2021

a covid-19 as break up, post-pandemic as new love metaphor

Frank Sinatra’s “Watertown” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 21, 2021

it makes you wish it was better

Brief Encounters: New Albums 10-15-21 – 10-21-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 19, 2021

emo-rockers goes hip hop

US Top 10 Albums Dated October 23rd, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | October 18, 2021

a lame 94K EAUs

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Album Releases 10-22-21 – 10-28-21

By Iman Lababedi | October 17, 2021

distinct and wondrous without being obvious or obnoxious

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-15-21 – 10-21-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 16, 2021

simultaneously self-effacing and egomaniacs

Bay City Rollers “Live In Japan” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 14, 2021

a memorable band who were never better than here

Aretha Franklin’s “With Everything I Feel in Me” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 13, 2021

build it into a box set and release it to streaming services

Rock Star Review: Jon Butcher: “Special Day”

By Meredith Grant | October 11, 2021

Jon Butcher is as “Special” as his newly released album “Special Day.”

US Top 10 Albums Dated October 16th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | October 11, 2021

Tay Tay has the #1 and # 2 albums of the year (Olivia is at # 3 -though Swift has writing credits on that as well)

Brief Encounters: New Albums 10-8-21 – 10-14-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 11, 2021

reflexively simple on the surface so you can’t miss the song of the song

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Albums 10-15-21 – 10-21-21

By Iman Lababedi | October 10, 2021

if we get lucky maybe we lose Max Martin as well

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-8-21 – 10-14-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 8, 2021

an even keel through neo-r&b with rap production values

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 10-8-21 – 10-14-21, James Blake’s “Friends That Break Your Heart” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 8, 2021

the intensity of Scott Walker to the melodic grace of The Walker Brothers

Brief Encounters: New Albums 10-1-21 – 10-7-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 7, 2021

beautiful sung and energetic sad song

US Top 10 Albums Dated October 9th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | October 5, 2021

three number ones over three years

Sneak Peaks: New Album Releases 10-8-21 – 10-14-21

By Iman Lababedi | October 3, 2021

not sure I’m not gonna be disappointed in the long run 

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-1-21 – 10-7-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 1, 2021

it could be and has been worse

Best Of 2021: Albums In Order Of Preference Through September 30th

By Iman Lababedi | September 30, 2021

call him by his name

Best Of 2021: Albums In Alphabetical Order By Artist Through September 30th

By Iman Lababedi | September 30, 2021

world class pop star performance

Brief Encounters: New Albums 9-24-21 – 9-30-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2021

an 80s style beauty

US Top 10 Albums Dated October 2nd, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | September 27, 2021

Drake remains in the penthouse for a third week.

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Album Releases 10-1-21 – 10-7-21

By Iman Lababedi | September 27, 2021

if I can’t get the one I saw in 2014 I’ll take this

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-24-21 – 9-30-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 24, 2021

a fistfull of prime originals

JOHN PRINE’S SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY TODAY

By admin | September 23, 2021

some of Prine’s most acclaimed and iconic songs

Bob Dylan’s “Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 / 1980-1985” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 22, 2021

if this is meant to resurrect Dylan’s 1980s, it doesn’t. Because they don’t need resurrecting

Brief Encounters: New Albums 9-17-21 – 9-23-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 20, 2021

starts with a bang and gets slowly darker and darker

US Top 10 Albums Dated September 25th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | September 20, 2021

powerhouse hip hop stars

Going Steady: New Singles 9-17-21 – 9-23-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 19, 2021

Nick’s greatest moment (or at least a personal fave)

Sneak Peaks: New Album Release 9-24-21 – 9-30-21

By Iman Lababedi | September 19, 2021

if not a revelation, certainly a pleasure

The Early Bird 9-17-21 – 9-23-21: Top New Recorded Releases Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 18, 2021

I woke up in the middle of the night to buy the box set and I’d do it again

The Earliest Bird 9-17-21 – 9-23-21 Top New Recorded Release, Lil Nas X’s “Montero” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 17, 2021

Wanna get fucked up the ass? Get famous.

Frank Sinatra’s “A Man Alone: The Words And Music Of McKuen” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 16, 2021

a disquieted sadness permeates

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 9-10-21 – 9-16-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 15, 2021

¿No preferirías tener el modelo de este año?

US Top 10 Albums Dated September 18th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | September 13, 2021

Drake’s EAU’s are more than double West’s last week

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-10-21 – 9-16-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 10, 2021

she compares her chest to the Sierra Madres

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-10-21 – 9-16-21 Elvis Costello And The Attractions’ “Spanish Model” and Lorde’s “Te Ao Mārama” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 10, 2021

foreign (to me, I mean) language takes

Bay City Rollers “Ricochet” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 9, 2021

It was the end of the Rollers

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 9-3-21 – 9-9-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 8, 2021

zigging towards promiscuity and zagging towards true love

From 1986: My Creem Review Of “Blood And Chocolate”

By Iman Lababedi | September 7, 2021

if the hook goes “And I hope you’re happy now,” what’s the line immediately before it? Why, “I never loved you anyhow” of course

US Top 10 Albums Dated September 11th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | September 6, 2021

the most EAUs of the year with 309,000

Aretha Franklin’s “Let Me Be In Your Life” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 5, 2021

disposable but still indispensable soul god serendipity

Sneak Peaks: New Album Releases 9-10-21 – 9-16-21

By Iman Lababedi | September 5, 2021

her first album of new material this century

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-3-21 – 9-9-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 3, 2021

a world of people sharing these passing fair moments

Best Of 2021: Albums In Order Of Preference Through August 31st

By Iman Lababedi | September 1, 2021

mom and wife and Jesus

Best Of 2021: Albums In Alphabetical Order By Artist Through August 31st

By Iman Lababedi | August 31, 2021

should further her international reputation

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 8-27-21 – 9-2-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 30, 2021

from doubt to deliverance