The Early Bird

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 2-23-24 – 2-29-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 23, 2024

the indie gorgeousness of mood and quiet desperation

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 2-23-24 – 2-29-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 23, 2024

smooth jazz and horns

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 2-16-24 – 2-23-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 16, 2024

Sometimes this sound is called Black Americana but it is just Tomas being Tomas

The Early Bird: Top New Singles – 2-16-24 – 2-23-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 16, 2024

I’ve been wrong before

Brief Encounters: New Albums 2-9-24 – 2-15-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 14, 2024

Only the fifth black woman to record

The Early Bird: Top New Album Releases 2-9-24 – 2-15-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 9, 2024

The essence of dance by a master

The Early Bird: Top New singles 2-9-24 – 2-15-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 9, 2024

when he turns his attention to soul he is other worldly

The Early Bird: Top Album Releases 2-2-24 – 2-8 -24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 2, 2024

The master of dub

The Early Bird: Top Single Releases 2-2-24 – 2-8 -24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 2, 2024

the stuff that dies on the vine

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 1-29-24 – 2-1-24

By Iman Lababedi | January 26, 2024

if this is more of the same then that is enough

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 1-26-24 – 2-1-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 26, 2024

an alright slice of pop balladeering

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 1-19-2024 – 1-25-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 19, 2024

a perfect, violin based, acoustic Americana and is an immediate song to beat..

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 1-12-24 – 1-18-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 13, 2024

Lil J C

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 1-5-24 – 1-11-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 5, 2024

It will be huge in the UK

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 1-5-24 – 1-11-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 5, 2024

riffarama ding dong

The Early Bird: Top New Album Releases 12-29-23 – 1-4-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 29, 2023

a fantastic beat concerto

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 12-29-23 – 1-4-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 29, 2023

Why wasn’t it mastered?

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 12-22-23 12-28-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 22, 2023

three remixes and the original are better, especially the disco

The Early Bird: Top New Single Releases 12-22-23 – 12-28-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 22, 2023

tush through the slush

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 12-8-23

By Iman Lababedi | December 8, 2023

Sian Phillips! Bernadette Peters, Judi Dench and many more

The Early Bird: The Top Singles 12-8-23 – 12-14-23

By Iman Lababedi | December 8, 2023

I see no reason why they don’t re-release everything she ever did

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 12-1-23 – 12-8-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 1, 2023

it stands as one of Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill”

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 12-1-23 – 12-7-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 1, 2023

powerful take on Denver’s classic

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 11-17-23 – 11-30-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 24, 2023

vastly superior to, say, Sinatra’s duets

The Early Bird: Top New singles 11-24-23 – 11-30-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 24, 2023

should break pop

The Early Bird: Top Albums 11-17-23 – 11-23-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 17, 2023

Dylan opened his first visit to Japan with the nuclear catastrophic “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 11-17-23 – 11-23-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 17, 2023

a remarkably pretty seasonal song

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 11-10-23 – 11-16-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 11, 2023

Kudos to Giles Martin

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 11-10-23 – 11-16-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 10, 2023

being in love moving in love, going that way

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 11-3-23 – 11-9-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 3, 2023

She would sing until you cried and then she would sing until you danced for joy

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 11-3-23 – 11-9-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 3, 2023

more powerful

The Early Bird: Top Five New Singles 10-27-23 – 11-2-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 27, 2023

should have been the GOAT

The Early Bird: Top Five New Albums 10-27-23 – 11-2-3

By Iman Lababedi | October 27, 2023

a fine collection of mostly standard American carols

The Early Bird: Top Five New Albums 10-27-23 – 11-2-3

By Iman Lababedi | October 27, 2023

a fine collection of mostly standard American carols

The Early Bird: Top New Single releases 10-20-23 – 10-26-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 21, 2023

10% of the time he is stunning

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 10-20-23 – 10-26-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 20, 2023

it isn’t much but hey it’s the Stones

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 10-13-23 – 10-19-23

By Iman Lababedi | October 13, 2023

he performed the entire album on stage

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 10-13-23 – 10-19-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 13, 2023

a Brit Pop post-Brit pop Brilliance

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 10-6-23 – 10-12-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 6, 2023

an intense and beautiful piece of pop orchestrations

The Early Bird: Top New Singles reviewed 10-6-23 – 10-12-23

By Iman Lababedi | October 6, 2023

We still drill ’em for the sport of this shit

The Early Bird: Top New Album Releases 9-29-23 – 10-5-23

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2023

rough cuts, demos on cassettes including their greatest song “J.A.R.”

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 9-29-23 – 10-6-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2023

dour and lazy reworked “Call me”

The Early Bird: Top New Album Releases 9-22-23 – 9-28-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 22, 2023

has never quite caught on in the USA

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 9-22-23 – 9-28-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 22, 2023

Jean making a name for himself and SZA stealing it

The Early Bird: Top New Album Releases 9-15-23 – 9-21-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 15, 2023

the rock opera never completed meets the AOR masterpiece

The Early Bird; Top New Single Releases 9-15-23 – 9-21-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 15, 2023

deep emotions and deeper arrangements

Brief Encounters: New Albums 9-1-23 – 9-7-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 7, 2023

ambient rock meets hard rock in a set of the best shoegaze

The Early Bird: Top New Album releases 9-1-23 – 9-7-23

By Iman Lababedi | September 1, 2023

one of the better indie albums

The Early Bird: Top New Single Releases 9-1-23 – 9-7-23

By Iman Lababedi | September 1, 2023

a perfect little monster of

The Early Bird: Top Five Singles 8-25-23 – 8-31-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 25, 2023

glorious hope for New York happiness