Album Reviews

(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.

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Album Releases 11-19-21 – 11-25-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 14, 2021

Adele-Music-Adele

The Early Bird: Top New Releases 11-12-21 – 11-18-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 12, 2021

adds some great songs from the vault)

Aretha Franklin’s “You” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 11, 2021

prime Aretha at the age of 33

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 11-5-21 – 11-11-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 10, 2021

if this is Ross’s swan song it is filled to overflowing with lovely pop soul tracks

US Top 10 Albums Dated November 13th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | November 8, 2021

No surprise with Ed at the top

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Album Releases 11-12-21 – 11-18-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 7, 2021

you can’t get enough of “Red”

The Early Bird: Top New Releases 11-5-21 – 11-11-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 5, 2021

a third album of outtakes (11 of em)

Brief Encounters: New Albums 10-29-21 – 11-4-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 3, 2021

run of greatness started with 1991’s Out Of Time and ended five years later with New Adventures In Hi-Fi

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

By Iman Lababedi | November 2, 2021

only Young Thug added here

US Top 10 Albums Dated November 6th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2021

Perhaps this isn’t the musical country it once was…

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

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2021

world class pop star performance

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

By Iman Lababedi | October 31, 2021

hungry to hear her

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-29-21 – 11-4-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 29, 2021

saccharine and yet still effective

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 10-29-21 – 11-4-21 The War On Drugs’ “I Don’t Live Here Anymore” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 29, 2021

junkie walking on a pretty daze vibe

Brief Encounters: New Albums 10-22-21 – 10-28-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 28, 2021

one of the greatest albums of all time

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