Category: Album reviews

Alice In Chains: Freak Show (HoBo)

Alice In Chains Freak Show (HoBo) Before Pearl Jam released ‘Ten’ (August 27, 1991), before Nirvana released ‘Nevermind’ (September 24, 1991), and before Soundgarden released ‘Badmotorfinger’ (October 8, 1991), Alice In Chains was on the scene with their monumental major…

Alejandro Escovedo: Burn Something Beautiful (Fantasy/Concord)

Alejandro Escovedo Burn Something Beautiful (Fantasy/Concord) It’s been four years since iconic singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo has released a studio album and after one listen to his new long player, ‘Burn Something Beautiful,’ boy oh boy, was it worth the wait….

Letters to Cleo: Back To Nebraska (Self-Released)

Letters to Cleo Back To Nebraska (Self-Released) Like many bands from the glorious 1990s music scene, Letters to Cleo are back with their original lineup—Kay Hanley (vocals), Michael Eisenstein (guitar), Stacy Jones (drums), and Greg McKenna (guitar). It’s been 17…

Maria Taylor: In the Next Life (Flower Moon)

Maria Taylor In the Next Life (Flower Moon) On her seventh studio album, ‘In the Next Life,’ singer/songwriter Maria Taylor once again bares her soul in her songs. The album opener “Home” chronicles her journey from Alabama moving back to…

Big Star: Complete Third (Omnivore)

Big Star Complete Third (Omnivore) If not for Big Star, the late, great Memphis band that ran from ’72 to ’78 before finally calling it a day, we’d likely never have groups like Teenage Fanclub, R.E.M., The Replacements, The Posies……

Auburn Road: Fancy (Self-Released)

Auburn Road Fancy (Self-Released) On ‘Fancy,’ the colorful, dynamic debut EP from American pop trio Auburn Road, the three best friends are at their best when it feels like they are about to stir up some trouble. New fans will…

Cheap Trick: In The Joint (Smokin’ Production)

Cheap Trick In The Joint (Smokin’ Production) There’s no other band like Cheap Trick. These guys are the quintessential rock & roll group. They paid their dues early, earning them mainstream appeal and global recognition. But, this is a band…

Bell X1: Arms (Belly Up)

Bell X1 Arms (Belly Up) Over 16 years and across more than half a dozen albums, the Dublin-based Bell X1 has seen their numbers rise and fall – they are now a tight trio; they’ve dabbled in folk pop and…

John Coltrane: Trane 90 (Acrobat)

John Coltrane Trane 90 (Acrobat) Like the blues, jazz music has a handful of performers who clearly stand out from the rest. John Coltrane is one of those performers. Although his life was cut short in 1967 at the age…

The Deltahorse: Transatlantic (Slower Faster)

The Deltahorse Transatlantic (Slower Faster) You’d be hard pressed not to think of the brilliant Boston alt rock band Morphine when listening to The Deltahorse. The deep booming sax that is slathered across all 10 tracks of their ‘Transatlantic’ record…

Cinerama: Valentina[12” LP (HHBTM)

Cinerama Valentina[12” LP (HHBTM) David Gedge’s Cinerama, much like his other band, The Wedding Present, may no longer be active, but his songs are still finding an audience. With ‘Valentina,’ put out recently in the U.S. by Athens, GA-based label…