Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters: New Albums 1-27-23 – 2-2-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 1, 2023

Sam’s best to date

Brief Encounters: New Albums 1-20-23 – 1-26-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 26, 2023

dip yourself deep in sonic hellaciousness and disquiet

Brief Encounters: New Albums 1-13-23 – 1-19-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 17, 2023

Price and her husband nail down an explosive Americana

The Early Bird And Sneak Peaks Return Next Week!

By Iman Lababedi | January 13, 2023

why review five in a hurry?

Brief Encounters: New Albums 1-6-22 – 1-12-13 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 12, 2023

plays with form and self awareness

Brief Encounters: New Albums 12-23-22 – 12-29-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 28, 2022

fine collection of Sault collective rap

Brief Encounters: New Albums 12-16-22 – 12-22-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 22, 2022

hardcore emocore

Brief Encounters: New Albums 12-9-22 – 12-15-22

By Iman Lababedi | December 14, 2022

a gorgeous, state of the art, hip hop black excellence as middle class mainstream

Brief Encounters: New Albums 12-2-22 – 12-8-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 7, 2022

the incomparable daughter of Lagos

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Release 11-25-22 – 12-1-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 25, 2022

nostalgia as the last exit to oblivion

Brief Encounters: New Albums 11-18-22 – 11-24-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 23, 2022

some country greatness and more country greatness

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 11-18-22 – 11-24-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 18, 2022

takes full advantage of Joel’s rhyming schemes

Brief Encounters: New Albums 11-11-22 – 11-17-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 17, 2022

a terrific job

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 11-4-22 – 11-10-22

By Iman Lababedi | November 9, 2022

brought Burna Boy and Tems to the front

Brief Encounters: New Albums 10-28-22 – 11-3-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 3, 2022

even a Presidential pardon can’t keep him out of lockdown

Brief Encounters: New Albums 10-21-22 – 10-27-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 26, 2022

back to doo wop

Brief Encounters: New Albums 10-14-22 – 10-20-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 20, 2022

a superb six song taster

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 10-7-22 -10-13-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 13, 2022

nearly three hours of youthful Patti with the ropes down and the skill set in place

Brief Encounters: New Albums 9-30-22 – 10-6-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 6, 2022

the tall glass of water returns

Brief Encounters: New Albums 9-23-22 – 9-29-22

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2022

son of Mali guitar legend meets instrumental psyche band

Brief Encounters: New Albums 9-16-22 – 9-22-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 22, 2022

three Mescaleros albums and an outtakes

Brief Encounters: New Albums 9-9-22 – 9-15-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 14, 2022

haunting loveliness

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 9-2-22 – 9-8-22

By Iman Lababedi | September 8, 2022

Quite possibly the metal album of the year

Brief Encounters: New Albums 8-26-22 – 9-1-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 31, 2022

a total blast

Brief Encounters: New Albums 8-19-22 – 8-25-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 25, 2022

50 remixes of 50 hits

Brief Encounters: New Albums 8-12-22 – 8-18-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 18, 2022

a different type of mainstream

Brief Encounters: New Albums 8-5-22 – 8-11-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 10, 2022

some big country and Americana names

Brief Encounters: New Albums 7-29-22 – 8-4-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 4, 2022

gorgeous trap, autotune, cool

Brief Encounters: New Albums 7-22-22 – 7-28-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 27, 2022

a gorgeous, guitar ringing, sad and strong collection

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 7-15-22 – 7-21-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 21, 2022

a summer thriller

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 7-8-22 – 7-14-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 14, 2022

blast Afrobeats and Nigerian vibes into reggaeton crossover dreams

Brief Encounters: Top New Recorded Releases 6-24-22 – 6-30-22

By Iman Lababedi | June 30, 2022

Luke knows his business well

The Earliest Bird 6-24-22 – 6-30-22: Top New Recorded Release Lil Nas X’s “Late To Da Party” Featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 24, 2022

the typical, anthemic, declarative style

Brief Encounters: New Albums 6-17-22 – 6-23-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 23, 2022

a multimedia extravaganza of politics and poetry to a genre shifting sound

Brief Encounters: New Albums 6-10-22 – 6-16-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 14, 2022

rowdy Gospel sing alongs and r&b vibes

Brief Encounters: New Albums 6-3-22 – 6-9-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 8, 2022

Post’s best album to date

Brief Encounters: New Albums 5-27-22 – 6-2-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 2, 2022

the Jamaican vacation of your dreams

Brief Encounters: New Albums 5-20-22 – 5-26-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 24, 2022

enjoyable and soulful romp

Brief Encounters: New Albums 5-13-22 – 5-19-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 18, 2022

New Wave pop bliss out

Brief Encounters: New Albums 5-6-22 -5-12-22

By Iman Lababedi | May 10, 2022

she was everything you had heard she was

Brief Encounters: New Albums 4-29-22 – 5-5-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 4, 2022

a dreamy and beautiful thing

Brief Encounters: New Albums 4-22-22 – 4-28-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 27, 2022

if you love traditionalism there is no doubting this album.

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 4-15-22 – 4-21-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 18, 2022

more than capable of a genius cover

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 4-8-22 – 4-14-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 13, 2022

perfect and poetic

Brief Encounters, New Album Releases 4-1-22 – 4-7-22

By Iman Lababedi | April 7, 2022

countrypolitan surges

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 3-25-22 – 3-31-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 30, 2022

a masterpiece of confessional

Brief Encounters: New Albums 3-18-22 – 3-24-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 23, 2022

recorded but not released a year before his return in 1965

Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 3-11-22 – 3-17-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 17, 2022

a woman centric neo-r&b

Brief Encounters: New Albums 3-4-22 – 3-10-22

By Iman Lababedi | March 9, 2022

horrifying doominess

Brief Encounters: New Albums 2-25-22 – 3-3-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 2, 2022

sadguy has dynamic songs