Archive for the pop Category
The short, mysterious career of the female French duo DEUX FILLES is bookended by tragedy. GEMINI FORQUE ad CLAUDINE COULE met as teenagers at a holiday pilgrimage to Lourdes, during which Coule’s mother died of an incurable lung disease and Forque’s mother was killed and her father paralyzed in an […]
While previous Band of Horses records favored grandiose stabs at epic, pastoral, southern rock, the opener to their new album immediately grounds them in that kind of songwriting sweet spot: “Filthy room/ Guitars out of tune,” Ben Bridwell coos through a golden psych-tinged haze. “Home is where you are/ Home […]
The White Stripes’ Peel Sessions were one of the most notable releases from Record Store Day 2016. Twice in support of their 2001 album White Blood Cells, Jack and Meg White hit the studio with legendary radio DJ John Peel. Songs from the sessions were played on BBC Radio and […]
Daddy Has a Tail is the second Cows album overall and their first album on Amphetamine Reptile Records. Originally released in 1989, this album erased the lines between punk, noise and grunge and threw them all in a blender. Reissued on yellow wax!
It’s easy to root for Charles Bradley, the 67-year-old soul singer who has spent the last few years enjoying a breakout career on Daptone Records. Bradley’s underdog narrative has remained as genuinely endearing as it has perpetually marketable, and Changes, his third album, feels like his straightforward best to date, […]
It was of some surprise to learn that the third record from Canadian crooner Andy Shauf was to be based on a party. It seemed misfitting, given the artist’s sombre style, and the concept in general a little clichéd. But then, Shauf has always had a way of portraying characters […]
The downside to a success like Thriller is that it’s nearly impossible to follow, but Michael Jackson approached Bad much the same way he approached Thriller — take the basic formula of the predecessor, expand it slightly, and move it outward. This meant that he moved deeper into hard rock, […]