In 2013 Jason Isbell released one of those rare records that grows in stature. “It was nice”, he told Rolling Stone, “that Southeastern took off the w(...)

Muddy Waters 100 | Album review
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  • July 24, 2015, 00:00

This lively tribute album featuring some of the great bluesman’s surviving comrades sits awkwardly on the disputed date of his birth. Reco(...)

Covers albums come in many shades – tributes, concepts and, potentially most interesting, personal journeys such as Sing Into My Mouth. Iron and Wi(...)

Compared to the forthcoming Thirty Trips Around the Sun, an 80-CD box set of 30 complete, previously unissued shows, this 32-track double CD of stu(...)

“I talk about things that have made an impression on me that a lot of people everywhere are going through.” Kacey Musgraves was speaking a(...)

Hot on the heels of the release of their first CD, In Two Minds, in 2014, these two masters of traditional singing are back, in fine form. Dis(...)

The opening track Funeral In My Heart poses the telling – if arguably inane – question “Why do all the good things have to die?” And so fr(...)

There’s a lot going on here – and that’s before you even hear a note. The cover is rich in semiotic detail, while the title appears to re(...)

Ben Reel: 7th | Album Review
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  • May 29, 2015, 00:00

Calling your new album by its numerical sequence seems to signify either a pompous regard for its importance or, perhaps, a paucity of inspiration.(...)

Gavin Glass’s impressive fourth album of what is now fancifully termed “Eirecana” strikes a reflective, almost melancholic note. The sense(...)