Tag Archives: 4 Stars (of 5)

Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Crown and Treaty

Sweet Billy Pilgrim — Crown And Treaty (EMI) Occasionally, an album arrives and upon first listen you get the sense that the music jumping out of the grooves wasn’t created in a sterile studio with too little daylight and too much attention to detail. With Sweet Billy Pilgrim’s third release, Crown and Treaty, you get … Continue reading Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Crown and Treaty

Swans – The Seer

Swans – The Seer (Young God) The cover art to Swans’ 12th album–like the record itself–makes a credible argument that The Seer is probably better suited for a vinyl format. It features a painting of a dog, presumably a Yorkshire Terrier, a small breed of canine that is small in stature and originally bred to … Continue reading Swans – The Seer

Rush – Clockwork Angels

Rush – Clockwork Angels (Anthem) Prior to the release of Rush’s twentieth album, Clockwork Angels, the band had an opportunity to visit with Pete Townshend after receiving the Governor-General Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts. The formal gathering provided the Canadian trio with some face time with one of their acknowledged heroes after … Continue reading Rush – Clockwork Angels

Saint Vitus – Lillie F-65

Saint Vitus – Lillie: F-65 (Season of Mist) The running joke with Saint Vitus’ 1986 record Born Too Late was that it confirmed what everyone already knew about the band. It’s like someone stumbled across a lost tribe of the Sons of Silence motorcycle club where downers was part of their food pyramid and the … Continue reading Saint Vitus – Lillie F-65

Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick

Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick (Chrysalis) It was a task that was easily avoided, this decision to review Jethro Tull’s Thick As A Brick on the sheer fact that I wasn’t quick enough with my hand to review the sequel. In retrospect, I should have started with the original anyway. I really had … Continue reading Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick

Dr. John – Locked Down

Dr. John – Locked Down (Nonesuch Records) I first read about the new Dr. John record in Rolling Stone a few months back. I’ve always been a fan of Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John), so I was intrigued. Rebennack has been on the scene since the late 60s, and with over 20 albums under his … Continue reading Dr. John – Locked Down

Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls

Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls (ATO) By now, everyone reading this review has heard about Alabama Shakes, or to be more direct, everyone has heard the hype of Alabama Shakes rather than hearing a goddamn note. I’ll admit to sneaking a peek at them just to get an idea of who the hell we’re … Continue reading Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls

Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth

Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth (Interscope) “Told you I was coming back,” deadpans David Lee Roth on “Blood And Fire,” one of the thirteen new tracks from A Different Kind of Truth, the band’s first album in 28 years. Thank God, Van Halen fans deserve this moment for all they have been … Continue reading Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth

Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow

Until recently, we’ve had a mild winter in the Midwest. There’s been very few days where temperatures fell below freezing and it was the first time in years when there wasn’t snow on the ground during Christmas. It was a challenge not to buy Kate Bush’s new album 50 Words For Snow when it was … Continue reading Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow

Wooden Wand & The Briarwood Virgins – Briarwood

Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth has traversed some rough country—or at least the characters in his songs have—and there’s a jagged edge around his songs that belie the often tender lyrics at the heart of them.  The remnants of those journeys are sprinkled throughout the new album Briarwood with the “patches on my jacket and … Continue reading Wooden Wand & The Briarwood Virgins – Briarwood