Album Reviews

Brief Encounters: New Long Player Releases 1-14-22 – 1-20-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 19, 2022

finest sustained moments

US Top 10 Albums Tracking 1-7-22 – 1-13-22

By Iman Lababedi | January 18, 2022

Gunna: 150,300, Abel: 148,000: it amounts to a statistical error

Sneak Peaks: New Album Releases 1-21-22 – 1-28-22

By Iman Lababedi | January 17, 2022

Fast Money, indeed

Brief Encounters Top New Recorded Releases 1-14-21 – 1-20-21

By Iman Lababedi | January 14, 2022

I bet Sub Pop were overjoyed as well

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 11-14-22 – 11-20-22, Elvis Costello and The Imposters” “A Boy Named If…” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 14, 2022

upper echelon Elvis

US Top 10 Albums Tracking 12-31-21 – 1-6-21

By Iman Lababedi | January 10, 2022

Meh

Elton John Songs Say So Much: A Personal Top Ten

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2022

When every little bit of hope is gone…

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 1-7-22 – 1-13-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2022

from beaten up on After Hours to death in progress on dawn fm -now that’s progress

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 1-7-22 – 1-13-22, The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 7, 2022

it’s here, it is gonna be here the greater percent of the year and it is very, very good.

Aretha Franklin’s “Sweet Passion” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 6, 2022

excavates her sweet passion with consistency and pop power

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 12-24-21 – 1-6-22

By Iman Lababedi | January 5, 2022

signed a boatload of huge talents

US Top 10 Albums Dated January 8th, 2022

By Iman Lababedi | January 4, 2022

will get her seventh but not her eighth

Best Of 2021: Albums In Alphabetical Order By Artist Through The End Of The Year

By Iman Lababedi | December 31, 2021

Up And Down in 2021

Best Of 2021: Albums In Order Of Preference Through The Entire Year

By Iman Lababedi | December 30, 2021

Olivia and West share the top spot…

Bay City Rollers’ “Rollerworld: Live At The Budokan, Tokyo 1977” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 28, 2021

A waste of a huge opportunity…

US Top 10 Albums Dated January 1st, 2022

By Iman Lababedi | December 28, 2021

it will take a surprise drop to dislodge her in January 2022

PAUL WELLER’s “An Orchestrated Songbook (With Jules Buckley & The BBC Symphony Orchestra)” Reviewed

By Robert L. Ross | December 26, 2021

Every song on here; every nuance is a wonder

Early Bird Goes Back To Bed On A Christmas Eve Silent Night Recorded Releases 12-24-21 – 12-30-21

By Iman Lababedi | December 24, 2021

A very quiet week

Frank Sinatra’s “Sinatra & Company” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 22, 2021

more subdued

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 12-17-21 – 12-23-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 20, 2021

memento from his 2014 US tour

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 12-17-21 – 12-23-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 17, 2021

feel free to hold your nose while you congratulate LadBaby

Aretha Franklin’s “Sparkle” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 16, 2021

reminds you why you are a soul fanatic in the first place

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 11-10-21 – 11-16-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 15, 2021

blend their voices on one strong cover after another

US Top 10 Albums Dated December 18th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | December 13, 2021

30 still on top

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Album Releases 12-17-21 – 12-23-21

By Iman Lababedi | December 12, 2021

The Compton rapper is a child of Atlanta trap

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Release 12-10-21 – 12-16-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 10, 2021

a vivid and yet boring dream

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 12-10-21 – 12-16-21, Juice WRLD’s “Fighting Demons” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 10, 2021

a soundtrack to the horrors of teenagerhood where insecurity and anxiety has been increased through the isolation of the pandemic

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 12-3-21 – 12-9-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 8, 2021

makes sense of her pop skills

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

By Iman Lababedi | December 7, 2021

sweet soul music

US Top 10 Albums Dated December 11th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | December 6, 2021

“All Night Parking” is so great it causes us to overestimate the album

Going Steady: New Singles 12-3-21 – 12-9-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 6, 2021

This ain’t rap music, this straight literature

Sneak Peaks: New Album Releases 12-10-21 – 12-16-21

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2021

a smooth and cagey sound

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 12-3-21 – 12-9-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 3, 2021

SZA’s best since 2017

The Earliest Bird: Top Recorded Release For 12-3-21 – 12-9-21. Arca’s kick ii, iii, iiii, iiiii, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 3, 2021

the state of pop art is somewhere in Arca’s sound

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

By Iman Lababedi | December 2, 2021

shot dead

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 11-26-21 – 12-2-21

By Iman Lababedi | December 1, 2021

an immaculate collection

US Top 10 Albums Dated December 4th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | November 29, 2021

album sales comprise 692,000

Sneak Peaks: New Album Releases 12-3-21 – 12-8-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 28, 2021

everything she has done this past two years has proven itself important

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 11-26-21 – 12-2-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2021

in New York City, in the snow, at Christmas time and on Broadway

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 11-26-21 – 12-2-21, David Bowie’s Box Set “Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001)”

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2021

mid-life crises

Bay City Rollers “Breakout ’85” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 24, 2021

everything we refused to believe about the band is, in effect, true

Sam Huber’s “Up” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 23, 2021

disciplined genre moves

US Top 10 Albums Dated November 27th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | November 22, 2021

fourth number one in 16 months

Sneak Peaks: New Album Releases 11-26-21 – 12-2-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 21, 2021

distills the Philly sound to its essence

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 11-19-21 – 11-25-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 19, 2021

though pleasant enough is nothing special

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 11-19-21 – 11-25-21, Adele’s “30” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 19, 2021

apply to fanbase for sure

(Kan)Ye (West) Drops Donda Deluxe

By Iman Lababedi | November 17, 2021

the God here hovers from track to track where Ye is the son and Donda the holy ghost

Brief Encounters: New Albums 11-12-21 – 11-18-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 16, 2021

The snakey, quirky, bass hooking, beat pounding No Wave giants

US Top 10 Albums Dated November 20th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | November 15, 2021

Summer’s exercise in misandry

The Postess with the Mostess double bubble toil and trouble Returns To The Pretenders

By Helen Bach | November 14, 2021

She’s blonde, she’s old and from all accounts she’s a raving bitch.  #Goals.