Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Music: Rumer -- 2012's Best New Artist


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RUMER -- SEASONS OF MY SOUL **** out of ****

The US is finally catching up with Rumer. A critical and commercial success all over the world, Rumer's gorgeous debut album Seasons of My Soul is finally getting a proper release in North America. It's early days yet, but she's certain to be one of the best new acts of 2012 and the early buzz is proving it. The album hit #1 on the iTunes album chart and #3 on Amazon, thanks in part to a profile on CBS (the video is posted below).

With the pop smarts of Adele, the mellow vibe of Norah Jones, a voice and sound that echoes Karen Carpenter, and songcraft that follows in the footsteps of Burt Bacharach, Rumer's talent is built to last. With just one Top 20 hit in the UK (the gorgeous "Slow") Rumer sold out the Royal Albert Hall. When she performed a showcase in New York in 2011, the New York Daily News rightly named it one of the best live shows of the year. If you're in Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York or Boston, make sure you catch her in the next week or so while she's still playing intimate clubs.

If success is making her head spin, it doesn't show. In concert and in person, Rumer is sweet, funny, self-effacing and nice, even as she's clearly navigating the terrain and dealing with new issues like giving a string of back to back interviews. The first question is what to call her -- does she go strictly by Rumer or do friends call her by Sarah, her given name?

"I'm kind of both," says Rumer, chatting by phone from the UK about a week ago.

"I don't mind if someone calls me Sarah. I just don't like it if people change it halfway through [a conversation]," she laughs. "I get confused."

Born in Pakistan to her English parents, Rumer spent her childhood there as the youngest of seven children. They always fell back on entertaining themselves so it was natural for Rumer to grab an instrument and sing or play. It was a sheltered, strange existence but also one that inspired a lot of creativity. When she was 11, Rumer discovered her biological father was their Pakistani cook. Her parents moved back to the UK and divorced. Later Rumer's mother suffered from depression (quietly alluded to in the second single "Aretha") and ultimately died from breast cancer.



Rumer wandered off into a commune based in a stately home and somehow wound up in the music business creating songs with a calm and sureness that belie the rather dramatic events of her early life. It's not so dramatic when you're living it, of course. That commune was more of a company than a cult, for example.

"It wasn't a cult, explains Rumer. "There's a man called Sir Richard Glyn. His family has owned thousands of acres of land since the 1400s. But he happens to be a hippie. He's this guy with long silver hair and he got married in Marrakech. It's like a hippie hotel. One week you get all these luminous people with yoga mats and then they leave and all these guys show up with giant gongs. Then they leave and you get the past life regression groups. And they're quite weird."

Things got even weirder when Rumer dove into music seriously.

"When I was about 18 I started to write a few songs where I thought, this is quite good," she remembers. "Later on I spent time learning structure and song writing. I've definitely done my apprenticeship. But I've done my apprenticeship part one. The first thing that you learn is that there's so much more to learn."

Obviously, she learned quickly. Rumer was in a couple of bands and even recorded a solo album under her given name of Sarah Joyce that was released in South Korea. But when she partnered up with Steve Brown, their collaboration proved magic. Brown is famous in the UK for writing songs for TV shows like Spitting Image and the massive West End hit musical Spend Spend Spend. Her record label thought Rumer was daft when she wanted to work with him, even though he's never produced an album before. The buzz surrounding their work was instantaneous.

Burt Bacharach flew Rumer out to his home so he could hear her sing and share some new songs. Elton John later invited her to be part of his annual charity show. And UK personality Jools Holland debuted her live on national television even before her album came out by giving Rumer a slot on his concert series where a string of musical acts all take turns playing music.

"It's quite interesting with live tv when you've never done anything like that before. Suddenly, it's 5, 4, 3, 2  1...live! It's like jumping off a building," says Rumer. "Especially because you have all these people from the record company saying, if she does a great job we'll jump up and down and decide she's the best thing ever. If she does a bad jump we'll go all quiet and moody. This position I'm in right now is kind of a conditional love nightmare."

Was the show itself intense? As a new artist whose album hadn't even been released yet, Rumer was surrounded by talented veterans.

"Nick Cave was on my right hand side and Brandon Flowers was on my left and Scissor Sisters was in front," she says. "It's lovely. There's a kind of folkiness to it because you've got all these other musicians there. It's a bit like doing an open mike night. If you watch the video of me singing "Slow" online, there's a point where I kind of look to my right, and that's me checking out Nick Cave because he's looking at me like, "Hmm." I caught him looking at me and thought, oh my god Nick Cave is looking at me!"



Clearly, things went well. The album is poised to go double platinum in the UK and now Rumer is set to introduce her music to America. If the songs you hear sound sturdy and well-crafted, it's no surprise. But these things take time.

"Each song for me is like a painting," explains Rumer. "It takes time. I try and let them emerge. I want them to have a soul; I want them to live forever. I let them grow naturally. I start with the sentiment, the emotion, the feeling and then gradually let the song emerge and structure it around that. I don't like to rush it. I definitely have some songs cooking but it takes as long as it takes."

So even though this music was recorded almost two years ago she's happy to keep living with these tunes. Rumer is in fact back in the studio, but she's recording an album of covers.

"I've always wanted to do this project," says Rumer about the album focused on Seventies songwriters, dubbed Boys Don't Cry and set for a spring UK release. "There's a part of me that admires people like Linda Ronstadt who can take songs and make them her own. They make great, great choices. I'm covering Leon Russell, Tim Hardin, Isaac Hayes, Richie Havens, Paul Williams, Jimmy Webb, P.F. Sloan. I love to learn and I love other people's work. If I were an actor I would never limit myself to just performing my own work."

And apparently she won't limit herself quite yet to just one man. Ask Rumer if she's dating anyone and she laughs.

"I've realized I'm the kind of girl who needs more than one man. I do! I realized that. I did the Albert Hall and about five of my ex-boyfriends were there...with some of their parents, which is quite hilarious. My friends were laughing about that. They said, 'Did you see Rumer's boyfriends all standing having a cigarette outside?' My little sister said, 'That's nothing. At her birthday picnic eight of them showed up and they all brought [mail].'

"I haven't got a boyfriend. I've decided that I'm not looking for a boyfriend anymore. I'm looking for a husband," she declares. "I'm 32. The next one's going to have to marry me. I'm going to find a nice American."

Here's the interview that aired on CBS:




Thanks for reading. Michael Giltz is the cohost of Showbiz Sandbox, a weekly pop culture podcast that reveals the industry take on entertainment news of the day and features top journalists and opinion makers as guests. It's available for free on iTunes. Visit Michael Giltz at his website and his daily blog.  Download his podcast of celebrity interviews and his radio show, also called Popsurfing and also available  for free on iTunes. Link to him on Netflix and  gain access to thousands of ratings and reviews.

Note: Michael Giltz was provided with the CD and free tickets to a Rumer concert with the understanding that he would be writing a feature.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Albums -- The Master List Alphabetically

Pause: 2015 #139 (Sharon Jones)

My Library of Albums -- This isn't a list of every album I've ever owned or listened to, even briefly. Instead, my Library includes all the albums I keep in my personal collection, all the albums of artists I admire (whether I liked every album or not) and any albums I liked (two and a half stars or more). Why list every album I've ever heard if I didn't like the album and the artist wasn't important to me. If you want a list of favorite albums by year, go here:

BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR MASTER LIST



And now...

MY LIBRARY OF MUSIC -- A MASTER LIST



ABBA

          ABBA Gold ****


ABC

          The Lexicon Of Love *** 1/2
          The Lexicon Of Love II ***


OLETA ADAMS

          Third Set * 1/2


RYAN ADAMS

           Prisoner ***


THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT

          Eye In The Sky (1982) **


PABLO ALBORÁN

          Prometo ** 1/2 


JASON ALDEAN


          They Don't Know ** 1/2 


ARTHUR ALEXANDER 

          You Better Move On ** 1/2


ALGIERS

          The Underside Of Power ** 1/2 


DAVE ALVIN AND PHIL ALVIN 


          Lost Time ** 1/2


AMADOU AND MARIAM

          La Confusion ** 1/2


LES AMAZONES D'AFRIQUES

          Republique Amazone ** 


EAST ANDERSON  



          Delilah ***/  


ERNESTINE ANDERSON  


          Swings The Penthouse ***/  


THE ANIMALS 

          The Animals ***\ 


ANOHNI


          Hopelessness *** 


ARCADE FIRE

          Everything Now **


LOUIS ARMSTRONG

          Complete Decca Singles 1935-1946 ** 1/2
          Meets Oscar Peterson (1957) ****
          Bing and Satchmo (1960) ***


NICOLE ATKINS

          Goodnight Rhonda Lee ** 1/2 


SETH AVETT AND JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD


          Sing Elliot Smith *** 


THE AVETT BROTHERS

          Emotionalism *** 
          I And Love And You *** 1/2 
          The Carpenter ** 1/2 
          Maggie And The Dandelion ** 1/2 
          True Sadness ** 


BABYFACE AND TONI BRAXTON 



          Love, Marriage and Divorce ***  


ERYKAH BADU

          But You Caint Use My Phone **


DAN BAIRD

          So Low ** 1/2 


CHET BAKER


          The James Dean Story ** (but vocals on "Let Me Be Loved" good)
          (Chet Baker Sings) It Could Happen To You *** 
          Chet Baker In New York 
          Chet Baker In Milan 
          Chet Baker With 50 Italian Strings
          The Best Of Chet Baker Sings ****


JULIEN BAKER

          Turn Out The Lights ***


KELSEA BALLERINI

          Unapologetically ***/



MATTHEW BARBER

          The Family Album ** 1/2 


BJ BARHAM

          Rockingham ** 1/2


COURTNEY BARNETT

          Double EP: A Sea Of Spilt Peas *** 1/2 
          Sometimes I Just Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit *** 1/2
          Lotta Sea Lice (w Kurt Vile) *** 1/2 


RICHARD BARONE 

          Cool Blue Halo *** 1/2 
          Sorrows and Promises: Greenwich Village In The 1960s ** 1/2 


KENNY BARRON  

          Book Of Intuition *** 1/2


JON BATISTE

          The Music Of John Lewis (w Wynton Marsalis) *** 


THE BEACH BOYS 


          The Beach Boys Christmas Album
          Today! *** 
          Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) 
          Beach Boys' Party! *
          Pet Sounds **** 
          Endless Summer **** 
          That's Why God Made The Radio 


THE BEAT SEE THE ENGLISH BEAT 


THE BEATLES

          Please Please Me *** 1/2 
          With The Beatles *** 1/2  
          A Hard Day's Night ****  
          Beatles For Sale *** 1/2 
          Help **** 
          Rubber Soul **** 
          Revolver **** 
          Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ****
          Magical Mystery Tour ****
          The Beatles (White Album) **** 
          Yellow Submarine *
          Abbey Road **** 
          Let It Be *** 1/2  
          The Beatles 1962-1966 (Red Album) **** 
          The Beatles 1967-1970 (Blue Album) ****
          Past Masters, Volume One *** 1/2  
          Past Masters, Volume Two **** 
          Live At The BBC ***
          Anthology 1 *** 1/2  
          Anthology 2 *** 1/2 
          Anthology 3 *** 1/2 
          Yellow Submarine Songtrack ****
          1 ****
          Let It Be...Naked ***
          The Beatles In Mono ****
          The Beatles Stereo Box Set *** 1/2  


BECK

          Colors **


BEDOUINE

          Bedouine ** 1/2 


BEIRUT


          No No No ** 


BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

          How To Solve Our Human Problems Part 1 EP *** 


TONY BENNETT 

          The Beat Of My Heart *** 1/2
          I Left My Heart in San Francisco ****   
          Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall ****  
          When Lights Are Low ****  
          If I Ruled The World: Songs For The Jet Set **** 
          The Movie Song Album *** 
          Snowfall ** 1/2  
          The Tony Bennett/ Bill Evans Album ****
          Together Again (w Bill Evans) *** 
          Astoria: Portrait Of The Artist *** 
          Perfectly Frank ***
          Steppin' Out *** 1/2  
          Here's To The Ladies ** 1/2  
          Tony Bennett On Holiday *** 
          The Playground **
          A Wonderful World (w kd lang) *** 1/2  

          Duets: An American Classic * 1/2 
          Cheek To Cheek (w Lady Gaga) 
          The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern *** 1/2 
          Love Is Here To Stay (w Diana Krall)  


GEORGE BENSON 


          The Best Of George Benson ** 


BERNHOFT

          The Morning Comes ep ** 1/2


CHUCK BERRY

          The Great 28 ****
          Chuck * 1/2


BEYONCÉ

          Dangerously In Love ** 1/2 
          I Am...Sasha Fierce **
          4 **
          Beyoncé ** 1/2
          Lemonade ** (visual album ***)


BIG BOI

          
Boomiverse ** 1/2 


BIG MAYBELLE


          
The Complete King, Okeh and Savoy Singles *** 


BIG THIEF

          Capacity ** 1/2


JADE BIRD

          Something American ***


BJORK

          Utopia ***


JAMES BLAKE


          The Colour In Anything ** 


CHARLY BLISS

          Guppy *** 1/2


THE BLUE NILE see also PAUL BUCHANAN

          A Walk Across The Rooftops *** 1/2
          Hats ****
          Peace At Last ***
          High ** 1/2


BOMBA ESTEREO

          Ayo ***


BONES

          Powder *** 1/2 
          HateToBreakItToYou ***            Disgrace *** 


BONOBO


          Migration ** 


DAVID BOWIE

          David Bowie/Space Oddity 
          The Man Who Sold The World
          Hunky Dory **** 
          The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars *** 1/2
          Aladdin Sane *** 1/2 
          Pin Ups
          Diamond Dogs 
          Young Americans 
          Station To Station ****
          Low ****
          Heroes **** 
          Lodger 
          Scary Monsters
          Let's Dance ***
          Tonight ** 1/2
          Never Let Me Down 
          Tin Machine 
          Tin Machine II
          Black Tie White Noise **
          Outside
          Earthling
          Hours
          Heathen
          Reality
          The Next Day
          Blackstar *** 1/2
          Lazarus EP *** 1/2
       

CHARLES BRADLEY

          Changes ** 


BILLY BRAGG

          Mermaid Avenue Vol I (w Wilco) *** 1/2 
          Mermaid Avenue Vol. II (w Wilco) *** 1/2 
          Shine A Light (w Joe Henry) *** 


TONI BRAXTON AND BABYFACE 


          Love, Marriage and Divorce ***  


LEON BRIDGES 



          Coming Home **  


BRIGHT EYES (SEE ALSO CONOR OBERST) 

          Lifted, or The Story is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground *** 1/2  
          A Christmas Album 
          I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning 
          Digital Ash In A Digital Urn 
          Cassadaga 
          The People's Key 


BROADWAY SHOWS

          See Cast Albums at bottom of list


BROCKHAMPTON

          Saturation **1/2 


PETER BRODERICK


          Partners **


BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE

          Hug of Thunder ** 


DAVID BROMBERG 


          The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues ** 1/2 


ROLANDO BRUNO 

          Bailazo ** 1/2 


MICHAEL BUBLÉ 



          Nobody But Me ** 1/2 

 
PAUL BUCHANAN 

          Mid Air ****


LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM

          Go Insane *** 1/2 
          Out Of The Cradle *** 
          Under The Skin ** 1/2 
          Gift Of Screws ** 1/2 
          Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie ** 1/2


JAKE BUGG

          On My One ** 
          Hearts That Strain * 1/2 


BUILT TO SPILL 


          There's Nothing Wrong With Love ** 1/2  


LAURENT CABASSO

          Gabriel Pierne: Chamber Music For Piano and Violin (w Gaetane Prouvost) (2008) ***


THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS

          You're Dreaming **1/2


DANIEL CAESAR

          Freudian *** 1/2


CAFÉ TACUBA

          Jei Beibi ** 1/2


GLEN CAMPBELL

          Adios ***


LARRY CAMPBELL AND TERESA WILLIAMS

          Contraband Love *** 1/2


LEWIS CAPALDI

          Bloom *** 1/2


CAPTAIN BEEFHEART

          Trout Mask Replica *** 1/2
          Doc At the Radar Station *** 1/2


MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER 

          The Things That We Are Made Of ** 1/2



THE CARS

          The Cars *** 1/2
          Candy-O ***
          Shake It Up ** 1/2
          Heartbeat City ***\
          Greatest Hits (1985) *** 1/2


CAR SEAT HEADREST

          Teens Of Denial *** 1/2 


HOUSTON PEARSON AND RON CARTER 


          Chemistry ***


ELIZA CARTHY

          Big Machine *** 


EVA CASSIDY

          Songbird ** 1/2 


NICK CAVE 

          Murder Ballads *** 1/2
          The Boatman's Call *** 1/2 
          No More Shall We Part 
          Nocturama 
          Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus 
          Dig, Lazarus, Digg!! 
          Push The Sky Away 
          Skeleton Tree *** 


KASEY CHAMBERS

          Rattlin' Bones (w Shane Nicholson) *** 1/2             
          Wreck and Ruin (w Shane Nicholson) *** 1/2 
          Bittersweet **           
          Dragonfly *** 1/2 
          Campfire ***  


CHANCE THE RAPPER


          Coloring Book *** 1/2


TOM CHAPLIN

          Twelve Tales Of Christmas * 1/2


MICHAEL CHAPMAN

          50 *** 


BILL CHARLAP 

          Love Is Here To Stay (w Sandy Stewart) 
          Something To Remember (w Sandy Stewart)           The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern (w Tony Bennett) *** 1/2
          Notes From New York ** 


CHEAP TRICK

          Bang, Zoom, Crazy...hello ** 1/2


TYLER CHILDERS

          Purgatory ***


CHILDISH GAMBINO

          "Awaken, My Love!" ** 1/2


CHRONIXX

          Chronology ***



ERIC CLAPTON

          Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs *** 1/2
          Unplugged *** 1/2
          From The Cradle **
          Riding With The King (w BB King) *** 1/2


BRANDY CLARK

         Big Day In A Small Town ** 


PETULA CLARK


         From Now On ***/ 


KELLY CLARKSON

          Piece By Piece *** 
          Meaning Of Life ** 1/2 


LEONARD COHEN 

          Songs of Leonard Cohen **** 
          Songs From A Room ***  
          Songs Of Love and Hate  
          New Skin For The Old Ceremony 
          Death Of A Ladies' Man * 1/2 
          Recent Songs 
          Various Positions *** 1/2 
          I'm Your Man *** 1/2 
          The Future  
          Ten New Songs 
          Dear Heather  
          Old Ideas  
          Popular Problems 
          Can't Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour *** 
          You Want It Darker *** 1/2 


FREDDY COLE


          Singin' The Blues ** 1/2 


J COLE

          4 Your Eyez Only ** 1/2 


NAT KING COLE

          After Midnight (1957) ****
          Songs From "St. Louis Blues" (1958) **** 
          Destination Moon ** 1/2 


JUDY COLLINS

          Colors Of The Day: Best Of Judy Collins ** 1/2 


PHIL COLLINS

          Face Value 
          Hello, I Must Be Going! 
          No Jacket Required 
          ...But Seriously ** 
          

ALICE COLTRANE

          World Spirituality Classics 1 **


JOHN COLTRANE

          Thelonius Monk With John Coltrane *** 1/2
          Blue Train ****
          Thelonius Monk Quartet w John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall **** 
          Bags and Trane (w Milt Jackson) *** 

          Giant Steps ****

          Coltrane Jazz ***

          My Favorite Things ****

          Olé Coltrane ***

          Ballads **

          John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman ****

          A Love Supreme ****

          Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album *** 1/2 



COMMON 

          Black America Again *** 


HARRY CONNICK JR. 

          Harry Connick Jr. **  
          20 *** 1/2  
          When Harry Met Sally... (soundtrack) *** 1/2  
          Lofty's Roach Souffle ** 1/2 
          We Are In Love *** 
          Blue Light Red Light **
          25 *** 
          When My Heart Finds Christmas * 1/2 
          She * 1/2  
          Star Turtle * 
          To See You **  
          Come By Me ** 1/2  
          Songs I Heard ** 1/2
          30 *** 1/2
          Other Hours: Connick On Piano, Vol. 1  
          Harry For The Holidays **  
          Only You **  
          Occasion: Connick On Piano, Vol. 2 
          Oh, My NOLA 

          What A Night! A Christmas Album 
          Your Song * 
          Smokey Mary 
          Every Man Should Know 
          That Would Be Me ***  

         


THE CORAL

          The Coral ***
          Magic And Medicine *** 1/2
          The Invisible Invasion ***
          Butterfly House ***

          Distance Inbetween ***


ELVIS COSTELLO

          My Aim Is True 
          This Year's Model 
          Armed Forces *** 
          Get Happy! ****
          Trust
          Almost Blue ***
          Imperial Bedroom ****
          Punch The Clock
          Goodbye Cruel World 
          King Of America ****
          Blood And Chocolate **** 
          Spike *** 
          Mighty Like A Rose ** 1/2
          The Juliet Letters *** (but *** 1/2 live)
          Brutal Youth 
          Kojak Variety 
          All This Useless Beauty
          Painted From Memory (w Burt Bacharach) *** 1/2
          When I Was Cruel 
          North ** 
          The Delivery Man 
          The River In Reverse (w Allen Toussaint) *** 1/2 
          Momofuku 
          Secret, Profane and Sugarcane ***           
          National Ransom
          Wise Up Ghost  
          Look Now 


COWBOY JUNKIES

          The Trinity Session ****
          The Caution Horses *** 1/2
          Black Eyed Man 
          Pale Sun, Crescent Moon 
          Lay It Down 
          Miles From Our Home 
          Early 21st Century Blues
          At The End Of Paths Taken ***
          Trinity Revisited ***
          All That Reckoning ** 1/2 



JOHN CRAIGIE

          No Rain, No Rose ***


ROBERT CRAY

          Robert Cray and the Hi-Rhythm  *** 1/2


CREAM

          Fresh Cream (1966) **


BING CROSBY

          Bing and Satchmo (1960) *** 


CROWDED HOUSE 


          Crowded House  
          Temple Of Low Men   
          Woodface *** 1/2   
          Together Alone   

          Recurring Dream: The Very Best Of Crowded House *** 1/2    


RODNEY CROWELL

          Close Ties *** 1/2


AIDA CUEVAS

          Arrieros Somos: Sesiones Acusticas *** 1/2


THE DARKNESS

          Pinewood Smile *** 


MICHELLE DAVID


          The Gospel Sessions ***/  


RAY DAVIES

          Americana ** 1/2 


CEDELL DAVIS


          Even The Devil Gets The Blues ***


REV. GARY DAVIS

          Harlem Street Singer ***


MILES DAVIS

          Birth Of The Cool ****
          Walkin' ****
          Cookin' ****
          Relaxin' ****
          Workin' ****
          Steamin' *** 1/2
          Miles Ahead
          Milestones
          Porgy And Bess
          Kind Of Blue ****
          Sketches Of Spain *** 1/2
          Quiet Nights
          E.S.P.
          Miles Smiles
          Sorceror ***
          In A Silent Way
          Bitches Brew *** 1/2
          Jack Johnson
       

DORIS DAY

          Day In Hollywood (1955) **           
          Day By Day (1956) ****
          Day By Night (1957) ****  
          Show Time (1960) **        
          Annie Get Your Gun (w Robert Goulet) (1963) ****
          The Doris Day Christmas Album (1964) ** 1/2


BLOSSOM DEARIE

          My Gentleman Friend  (1961) *** 1/2


DEERHOOF

          The Magic ** 1/2 


DE LA SOUL 

          3 Feet High And Rising *** 1/2  
          De La Soul Is Dead  
          Buhloone Mindstate  
          and The Anonymous Nobody ***  


THE DELFONICS

          La La Means I Love You (1968) ** 


IRIS DEMENT  

          My Life *** 1/2  
          The Way I Should   
          Lifeline   

          Sing The Delta 
          The Trackless Woods *** 1/2   


BRETT DENNEN

          Por Favor **


SANDY DENNY

          Sandy 
          Like An Old fashioned Waltz *** 1/2 
          Rendezvous 
          Who Knows Where The Time Goes? *** 1/2 
          I've Always Kept A Unicorn ***\



NEIL DIAMOND

          Stones (1971) ***
          His 12 Greatest Hits ***
          I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight (1977) **
          12 Greatest Hits Vol 2 *** 1/2
          Three Chord Opera ***
          12 Songs ****
          Home Before Dark *** 1/2
          Melody Road ***
          All-Time Greatest Hits *** 1/2


DION

          Kickin Child: The Lost 1965 Album *** 1/2
          New York Is My Home ** 


JOHN DOE

          The Westerner *** 


DOLLY PARTON


          Joshua 
          Coat Of Many Colors 
          My Tennessee Mountain Home 
          Trio (w Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt) **** 
          I Will Always Love You: The Essential Dolly Parton Vol 1 *** 1/2 
          The Essential Dolly Parton Vol 2  ****
          Trio II (w Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt) ****
          The Grass Is Blue *** 1/2
          Little Sparrow 
          Halo and Horns *** 
          For God and Country 
          Those Were The Days 

          Backwoods Barbie 
          Pure and Simple ** 1/2 
          The Complete Trio Collection (w Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt) ****


THE DOOBIE BROTHERS


          The Platinum Collection (2007) *** 


THE DOORS

          Strange Days (1967) **


ROSE ELINOR DOUGALL

          Stellular ** 1/2


DRAKE 

          Views **


BOB DYLAN

          Bob Dylan ** 1/2
          The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan *** 1/2
          The Times They Are A-Changin' ***
          Another Side Of Bob Dylan *** 1/2
          Bringing It All Back Home ****
          The Bootleg Series Vol 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert ***/
          Highway 61 Revisited ****
          Blonde On Blonde ****
          John Wesley Harding *** 1/2
          Nashville Skyline ***
          The Bootleg Series Vol 10: Another Self Portrait ****
          New Morning ** 1/2
          Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid * 1/2
          Planet Waves **
          Blood On The Tracks ****
          The Basement Tapes *** 1/2
          Desire ** 1/2
          Street Legal *** 1/2
          Slow Train Coming ** 1/2
          Saved **
          Shot Of Love *** 1/2
          Infidels ***
          Empire Burlesque *** (great songs, poor production)
          Biograph *** 1/2
          Knocked Out Loaded **
          Down In The Groove *
          Oh Mercy *** 1/2
          Under The Red Sky * 1/2
          The Bootleg Series Vol 1-3 *** 1/2
          Good As I Been To You *** 1/2
          World Gone Wrong ***
          Time Out Of Mind *** 1/2
          Love And Theft *** 1/2
          Modern Times *** 1/2
          Together Through Life *** 1/2
          Christmas In The Heart * 1/2
          Tempest *** 1/2
          Shadows In The Night *** 1/2
          Fallen Angels ****
          Triplicate *** 1/2


STEVE EARLE

          Guitar Town ***
          Exit O ***
          Copperhead Road *** 1/2
          The Hard Way ***
           Train A Comin' *** 1/2
           I Feel Alright ***
           El Corazon ***
          The Mountain (w Del McCoury Band) *** 1/2
           Transcendental Blues *** 1/2
          Jerusalem ***
          The Revolution Starts Now ***
          Washington Square Serenade ***
          Townes ***
          I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive ***
          The Low Highway ***
          Terraplane *** 1/2 
          Colvin and Earle (w Shawn Colvin) **
          So You Wanna Be An Outlaw ***


BILLY ECKSTINE

          Billy's Best (1958) *** 1/2


BILLIE EILISH

          Don't Smile At Me ** 1/2


ELLIOTT BROOD

          Ghost Gardens ***



JOE ELY

          Panhandle Rambler ** 1/2 


THE ENGLISH BEAT AKA THE BEAT 

          I Just Can't Stop It  
          Wha'ppen?  
          Special Beat Service  
          What Is Beat? ****  
          Bounce (featuring Roger Ranking) ** 1/2   


BRIAN ENO

          Here Come The Warm Jets **** 
          Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) *** 1/2 
          Another Green World **** 
          Before And After Science *** 1/2 
          My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (w David Byrne) *** 1/2 
          The Pearl (w Harold Budd) *** 1/2  
          Wrong Way Up (w John Cale) *** 1/2 
          The Drop 
          Another Day On Earth 
          Everything That Happens Will Happen Today 
          Small Craft On A Milk Sea  
          Lux 
          The Ship 
          Reflection 


EURYTHMICS

          In The Garden ** 
          Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) **** 
          Touch *** 1/2 
          1984 (For The Love of Big Brother) ** 1/2 
          Be Yourself Tonight *** 
          Revenge ** 1/2 
          Savage ** 1/2 
          We Too Are One * 1/2
          Greatest Hits *** 1/2 
          Peace * 1/2
       

Thank you, JJ Jackson! For the first and only time, an MTV veejay made a recommendation and I listened and believed. More cheerleader than anything else, I don't recall veejays expressing anything other than generic excitement about each and every video they played and each and every artist they interviewed. But Triple J, one of the five original on-air personalities at that channel, slipped up just once. He played the exceptionally catchy song (and striking video) "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)." The relentless chorus, the stunning Annie Lennox dressed like a man and sporting that positively shocking red hair, the synths! It was awesome, it was catchy, it was...gimmicky? The lyrics were a bit repetitive; they worked but they didn't necessarily inspire confidence in the songwriters. Maybe they just got lucky. The song was a great record, sure. But I wondered -- were they a one-hit wonder, like A Flock Of Seagulls and a million other acts since pop music began? Back when you forked over a precious $8 just to buy ONE album on cassette, that was a serious question. Should I buy it? As if he read my mind, Mr. Jackson said something like, "Hey, that's a terrific song. And if you're wondering, the rest of their album is just as good!" I think management must have sent him a memo because I never heard J.J. or anyone else offering anything like that comment ever again. The closest they ever got to criticism after that  -- good or bad -- was Beavis and Butt-Head. Heh-heh. But I heard him, I believed him, I bought the album and indeed, it WAS terrific. As was their quick follow-up "Touch." They remained an excellent singles band after that remarkable, distinctive one-two punch. And if you trim the too-generous, 18 track "Greatest Hits" set from 1991, why you'd have another four-star album to their credit. (For the record, I'd cut "The Miracle of Love" and both tracks from "We Too Are One.") 


BILL EVANS 

          The Tony Bennett/ Bill Evans Album ****


THE EVERLY BROTHERS

          Songs Our Daddy Taught Us 
          EB 84 **** 
          Cadence Classics: Their 20 Greatest Hits **** 
          Born Yesterday *** 1/2 
          Some Hearts ***  
          EB CD Burnwood (mixtape) *** 1/2


THE EXPLORERS CLUB

          Together ***\


JASON FALKNER

          Burnwood *** 1/2 


FALL OUT BOY


          From Under The Cork Tree 
          Save Rock and Roll 
          American Beauty/American Psycho *** 
          Mania  


FANTASIA 

          The Definition Of... ** 


FATHER JOHN MISTY  


          I Love You Honeybear ** 1/2  


BILL FAY


          Life Is People *** 1/2  

          Who Is The Sender? ***  


THE FEELIES

          In Between ***/ 


FETTY WAP


          Fetty Wap *** 


CHARLIE FINN

          P.S. I'm Gay-ish * 1/2


NEIL FINN

          Out Of Silence ***


ELLA FITZGERALD

          Live at Zardi's 1956 ***


FITZGERALD AND THE TANTRUMS 

          Fitzgerald and the Tantrums **


FLEET FOXES

          Fleet Foxes *** 1/2 
          Helplessness Blues *** 1/2 
          Crack-Up ***
         

FLEETWOOD MAC 
                   
          Then Play On **** 
          Fleetwood Mac ****
          Rumours *** 1/2 
          Tusk *** 1/2 
          Mirage **  
          Tango In The Night ** 1/2 
          Greatest Hits (1988) *** 1/2 
          Behind The Mask ** 
          Time ** 
          Say You Will ** 
          

FOTHERINGAY 
         
          Fotheringay **** 
          Fotheringay 2 *** 1/2 
          Nothing More: Collected *** 1/2 


THE FRATELLIS  
         
          Costello Music *** 1/2  
          Here We Stand  

          We Need Medicine  
          Eyes Wide Tongue Tied *** 1/2  
          In Your Own Sweet Time ***  


DORI FREEMAN

          Dori Freeman ***
          Letter Never Sent ***/ 


RUTHANN FRIEDMAN 


          The Complete Constant Companion Sessions ***/ 


ROBBIE FULKS

          Upland Stories **


JAKE XERXES FUSSELL

          What In The Natural World *** 1/2


LIAM GALLAGHER

          As You Were ***/


NOEL GALLAGHER

          Who Built The Moon? ** 1/2


GALLAGHER AND LYLE

          Gallagher and Lyle ***
          Seeds ** 1/2 


ART GARFUNKEL

          Breakaway *** 1/2


JUDY GARLAND

          Judy In Love (1958) *** 1/2


MARVIN GAYE

          What's Goin' On? ****
          Let's Get It On ****
          Midnight Love (1982) ** 


BARRY GIBB 


          In The Now ** 1/2 


RHIANNON GIDDENS

          Freedom Highway **


BRANTLEY GILBERT

          The Devil Don't Sleep ** 1/2 


MARGOT GLASPY

          Emotions and Math *** / 


THE GO-BETWEENS

          Send Me A Lullaby ((1996) **
          Quiet Heart/Best Of (2012) *** 1/2 


BENNY GOODMAN

          At Carnegie Hall (1938) **** 


LESLEY GORE 

          Girl Talk *** 
          California Nights *** 
          Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows: The Best Of Lesley Gore *** 1/2 
          Ever Since *** 1/2  


GORILLAZ

          Humanz ***


EYDIE GORMÉ AND STEVE LAWRENCE

          Sing The Golden Hits (1960) **


ROBERT GOULET

          Annie Get Your Gun (w Robert Goulet) (1963) ****


ARIANA GRANDE

          Dangerous Woman ** 


JOHN GRANT 

          Queen Of Denmark *** 1/2  
          Pale Green Ghosts ** 1/2 
          Grey Tickles, Black Pressure ** 1/2 
          Strongroom (ep) **** 
          Love Is Magic  


GREEN DAY

          Dookie *** 1/2  
          Insomniac 
          Nimrod 
          American Idiot **** 
          21st Century Breakdown *** 1/2 
          Uno! Dos! Tre! ** 1/2 
          Revolution Radio *** 1/2 


HAIM

          Something To Tell You ** 1/2


THE HALEY SISTERS

          Always By My Side * 1/2


DARYL HALL

          Sacred Songs (1980) ***1/2


HALL AND OATES

          Abandoned Luncheonette (1973) *** 1/2 


LISA HANNIGAN


          At Swim ** 1/2 


HANSON

          Finally It's Christmas **


ALDOUS HARDING

          Party **


CURTIS HARDING

          Face Your Fears *** 1/2


JOHN WESLEY HARDING

          Wesley Stace's John Wesley Harding ***/


DHANI HARRISON

          In//Parallel **


JOHNNY HARTMAN

          Songs From The Heart (1955) *** 1/2
          And I Thought About You (1959) ***
          John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman ****


PJ HARVEY

          Dry  
          Rid Of Me 
          To Bring You My Love **** 
          Is This Desire? 
          Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea 
          White Chalk
          Let England Shake 
          The Hope Six Demolition Project ***/ 


LIANNA LA HAVAS 


          Blood *** 


COLIN HAYES

          Fierce Mercy ** 1/2


DICK HAYMES

          Rain Or Shine (1955) ****
          Moondreams (1957) *** 1/2


NATALIE HEMBY

          Puxico ** 1/2 


DON HENLEY  

          Building The Perfect Beast  
          The End Of The Innocence   
          Inside Job  

          Cass County ***  


JOE HENRY

          Shine A Light (w Billy Bragg) *** 


OZARK HENRY

          Paramount *** 


H.E.R. 

          Volume 2 ** 1/2


THE HIGHWAYMEN

          The Very Best Of The Highwaymen **



CHRIS HILLMAN

          Bidin' My Time ***


HISS THE GOLDEN MESSENGER

          Hallelujah Anyhow ***


ROBYN HITCHCOCK

          Robyn Hitchcock ** 1/2


WILL HOGE

          Anchors ***


PETER HOLLENS

          Misty Mountains: Songs Inspired By The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings *** 


JOHN LEE HOOKER

          John Lee Hooker *** 


LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS 

          Thinkin' and Worrying: The Aladdin Singles 1947-1952 ****


NIALL HORAN

          Flicker ** 


SHIRLEY HORN 

          Loads of Love 
          Shirley Horn With Horns  
          Travelin' Light 
          I Thought About You *** 1/2 
          Close Enough For Love ****  
          You Won't Forget Me *** 1/2  
          Here's To Life *** 1/2
          Light Out Of Darkness: A Tribute To Ray Charles ***
          I Love You, Paris   
          I Remember Miles 
          Live At The 4 Queens (poorly recorded) ** 1/2  


BRUCE HORNSBY  


          Essential **  


IAN HUNTER

          Fingers Crossed ***


JAMES HUNTER

          People Gonna Talk ****
          The Hard Way *** 1/2
          Minute By Minute ***
          Hold On! 
          Whatever It Takes ***1/2


HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF

          The Navigator ***


IAMDDB

          Hoodrich, Vol 3 ** 1/2 


JANIS IAN


          Anthology ** 


IBEYI

          Ash ** 1/2


INDIA.ARIE

          Songversation: Medicine *** 1/2


THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS

          Laws Of Gravity ***


IRON AND WINE

          Beast Epic ** 


CHRIS ISAAC 

          Silvertone *** 1/2
          Chris Isaak *** 1/2
          Heart Shaped World *** 
          Wicked Game (greatest hits) ** 
          San Francisco Days *** 1/2
          Forever Blue ***
          Baja Sessions  
          Speak Of The Devil 
          Always Got Tonight 
          Christmas 
          Best Of Chris Isaak ***/ 
          Mr. Lucky 
          Beyond The Sun 
          First Comes The Night 
          


JAMIE ISAAC 

          Couch Baby *** 



JASON ISBELL

          Something More Than Free ***            The Nashville Sound ***1/2


HARRIS J

          Salam ** 


JULIA JACKLIN 


          Don't Let The Kids Win ***  


MAHALIA JACKSON

          Moving Up A Little Higher *** 1/2  


MICHAEL JACKSON

          Off The Wall *** 1/2 
          Thriller **** 
          Bad *** 1/2 
          Dangerous ** 1/2 
          Invincible * 1/2 


MILT JACKSON

          Bags and Trane (w John Coltrane) *** 


ETTA JAMES

          Tears of Joy: Modern and Kent Singles ** 


JIM JAMES

          Eternally Even ** 1/2 
          Tribute To 2 ***


JAPANESE BREAKFAST

          Soft Sounds From Another Planet **
          

THE JAYHAWKS

          Hollywood Town Hall *** 1/2
          Tomorrow The Green Grass *** 1/2
          Sound Of Lies TK
          Smile *** 1/2
          Rainy Day Music ***
          Mockingbird Time 
          Paging Mr Proust ** 1/2
          Back Roads and Abandoned Motels **


GARLAND JEFFREY

          14 Steps To Harlem **


JELLYFISH

          Bellybutton *** 1/2 
          Spilt Milk ***/ 


JOHANN JOHANNSSON

          The Miners' Hymns ****  

          Sicario  
          Arrival *** 1/2 (in film, just *** on its own) 


ELTON JOHN

          Tumbleweed Connection (1970) **
          Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) *** 1/2


THE JOHN SALLY RIDE

          A New Set Of Downs *** 1/2


NICK JONAS


          Last Year Was Complicated ** 


SHARON JONES

          Soul Of A Woman ***/


JUANES

          Mis Planes Son Amarte *** 1/2


JUDAS PRIEST

          British Steel (1980) ***


WYNONNA JUDD

          Wynonna and The Big Noise ** 1/2


VALERIE JUNE

          The Order Of Time ** 1/2


DAMIEN JURADO

          Tumbledown Soundtrack (w Daniel Hart) **


STACEY KENT

          Breakfast on The Morning Tram ***/
          Raconte Moi *** 


ALICIA KEYS 

          Songs In A Minor  
          The Diary Of Alicia Key 
          As I Am 
          The Element Of Freedom  
          Girl On Fire 
          Here ** 1/2 


KHALID

          American Teen ***/


ALBERT KING

          The Big Blues (1962) *** 1/2


BB KING

          Live In Cook County Jail *** 1/2


BEN E. KING

         The Complete Atco Atlantic Singles ***


KING CREOSOTE 

          Diamond Mine (w Jon Hopkins) ****
          When I Was A Thief (w Michael Johnston) *** 1/2


KING KRULE

          The Ooz ***/ 


KINGS OF LEON

          Walls ** 1/2 


THE KINGSTON TRIO


          Greatest Hits **  


DAVY KNOWLES 

          Roll Away (as Back Door Slam) ***
          Coming Up For Air 
          The Outsider ** 
          Three Miles From Avalon ** 1/2  


DIANA KRALL

          All For You: A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio 
          Love Scenes 
          When I Look In Your Eyes 
          The Look Of Love *** 1/2 
          The Girl In The Other Room 
          From This Moment On 
          Quiet Nights 
          Glad Rag Doll 
          Wallflower ** 1/2          
          Turn Up The Quiet *** 
          Love Is Here To Stay (w Tony Bennett) 


ALISON KRAUSS

          Now That I've Found You *** 1/2 
          Windy City ***


NICHOLAS KRGOVICH

          The Hills ***
          On Cahuenga ***/ 


KRIS KRISTOFFERSON 

          The Cedar Creek Sessions ** 1/2 


LADY GAGA


          Joanne ** 1/2 


LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER


          After *** 1/2

         
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

          Songs Of Peace and Love *** 1/2


NATALIE LAFOURCADE

          Musas (Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de los Macorinos Vol 1 *** 1/2 


CLEO LAINE 


          All Of Me **  


KENDRICK LAMAR

          Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City ***/ 
          To Pimp A Butterfly **** 
          untitled, unmastered *** 
          Damn *** 1/2 
          Black Panther: The Album (soundtrack) ***/ 


MIRANDA LAMBERT 

          Kerosene *** 1/2 
          Crazy Ex-Girlfriend  
          Revolution  
          Four The Record  
          Platinum 
          The Weight Of These Wings *** 1/2 


LAMBERT, HENDRICKS AND ROSS

          Sing A Song Of Basie (1957) *** 1/2 
          Twisted: The Best Of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross *** 1/2


kd lang

          A Truly Western Experience ** 1/2
          Angel With A Lariat ***
          Shadowland ****
           Absolute Torch And Twang *** 1/2
          Ingénue ****
          All You Can Eat ** 1/2
          Drag ***
          Invincible Summer **
          A Wonderful World (w Tony Bennett) *** 1/2
          Hymns Of The 49th Parallel *** 1/2
          Watershed *** 1/2
          Sing It Loud ***\
          case lang veirs (w Neko Case and Laura Veirs) ***


THE LAST SHADOWN PUPPETS

          The Age Of The Understatement *** 1/2
          Everything You've Come To Expect *** 


JIM LAUDERDALE

          London Southern ** 1/2 


AMY LAVERE AND WILL SEXTON 


          Hallelujah, I'm A Dreamer *** 1/2 


LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

          American Dream ** 


LED ZEPPELIN

          Led Zeppelin *** 1/2 
          Led Zeppelin II **** 
          Led Zeppelin III *** 1/2 
          Led Zeppelin IV **** 
          Houses Of The Holy 
          Physical Graffiti 
          The BBC Sessions *** 1/2  
          Celebration Day 


JOHN LEGEND 


          Darkness and Light *** 


BRENNEN LEIGH

          Sings Lefty Frizzell ***/


JENS LEKMAN

          Life Will See You Now **


ABBEY LINCOLN

          Abbey Is Blue (1959) ***/


LITTLE BANDIT

          Breakfast Alone ***


LL COOL J

     Radio (1985) ** 1/2 


THE LONE BELLOW 

          Then Came The Morning *** 1/2 
          Walk Into A Storm ** 1/2 


LOURDE

          Melodrama ***/ 


JOE LOVANO

          Classic! Live At Newport *** 1/2 


DARLENE LOVE


          A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector **** 
          Introducing Darlene Love ** 1/2 


G LOVE

          Coming Home For Christmas **


LOW CUT CONNIE

          Dirty Pictures **


LOWLAND HUM

          Thin **


THE LUMINEERS

          Cleopatra ***


LORETTA LYNN

          Van Lear Rose *** 1/2
          Full Circle


SHELBY LYNNE

          Temptation *** 1/2
          Restless ** 1/2
          I Am Shelby Lynne *** 1/2
          Love, Shelby 
          Identity Crisis 
          Just A Little Lovin' 
          Tears, Lies and Alibis  
          Revelation Road 

          I Can't Imagine ** 1/2 
          Not Dark Yet (w Allison Moorer) ** 1/2 


LYNYRD SKYNRD


          Old Time Greats *** 


MADNESS

          One Step Beyond... 
          Absolutely 
          7 
          The Rise and Fall 
          Keep Moving **** 
          Mad Not Mad 
          The Madness 
          Wonderful 
          The Dangerman Sessions, Vol. 1 
          The Liberty of Norton Folgate 
          Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da 
          Can't Touch Us Now ***/ 



THE MAGNETIC FIELDS see STEPHEN MERRITT


AIMEE MANN

          Whatever *** 1/2
          I'm With Stupid *** 1/2
          Bachelor No. 2 *** 1/2
          Lost In Space ***
          The Forgotten Arm ***
          Drifter In The Snow ***
          @#%&*! Smilers *** 1/2
          Charmer ***
          Mental Illness *** 1/2


BRANFORD MARSALIS

          Upward Spiral (w Kurt Elling) ** 1/2 (but "I'm A Fool To Want You"!)


WYNTON MARSALIS


          The Abyssinian Mass ** 1/2 
          Two Men With The Blues (w Willie Nelson) ****
          The Music Of John Lewis (w Jon Batiste) ***


DEAN MARTIN

          Swingin' Down Yonder (1955) **
          This Time I'm Swingin' (1960) ** 1/2


JOHN MARTYN

          Solid Air **** 
          Sapphire * 1/2 


STEVE MASON 
          
          Meet The Humans ** 1/2 


JOHNNY MATHIS 

          Johnny's Greatest Hits (1958) **** 
          Merry Christmas (1958) *** 1/2 
          So Nice ***
           

THE MAVERICKS

          The Mavericks ***
          From Hell To Paradise ***
          What A Crying Shame *** 1/2
          Music For All Occasions ****
          Trampoline *** 1/2
          The Mavericks (2003) ***
          In Time *** 1/2
          Mono *** 1/2 
          Brand New Day ***/ 


MAXWELL

          Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite  
          Embrya 
          Now 
          BLACKsummers'night *** 1/2 
          blackSUMMERS'night *** 1/2 
          blacksummers'NIGHT 
      

JOHN MAYER

          Room For Squares ** 1/2
          Heavier Things ** 1/2
          Continuum **
          Battle Studies **
          Try! ***/
          Born And Raised ****
          Paradise Valley *** 1/2
          The Search For Everything ** 1/2 


JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD AND SETH AVETT 


          Sing Elliot Smith *** 


MARTINA MCBRIDE

          Reckless **


PAUL MCCARTNEY 

          McCartney ** 1/2
          Ram ****
          Wild Life **
          Red Rose Speedway **
          Band On The Run *** 1/2
          Venus And Mars ** 1/2
          Wings Greatest Hits ****
          McCartney II **
          Tug Of War *** 1/2
          Pipes Of Peace **
          Give My Regards To Broad Street *
          Press To Play **
          Flowers In The Dirt *** 1/2
          Flowers In The Dirt Demos ****
          Off The Ground **
          Flaming Pie **
          Driving Rain ** 1/2
          Chaos And Creation In The Backyard ****
          Memory Almost Full ***
          Kisses On The Bottom ** 1/2
          New *** 1/2
          Egypt Station



MICHAEL MCDONALD

          Wide Open **


BROWNIE MCGEE

          At Sugar Hill (w Sonny Terry) ***


CHRIS MCGREGOR

          African Sound ***/ 


NELLIE MCKAY 

          Get Away From Me *** 1/2 
          Pretty Little Head ***
          Obligatory Villagers ** 1/2
          Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute To Doris Day ****
          Home Sweet Mobile Home ***
          My Weekly Reader ***
          Sister Orchid ****


DECLAN MCKENNA

          What Do You Think About The Car? ** 


LORI MCKENNA


         
The Bird and the Rifle
 ** 1/2 


ERIN MCKEOWN

          According To Us ** 1/2 


JAMES VINCENT MCMURROW 

          We Move *** 


JAMES MCMURTRY 


          Complicated Game ** 1/2  


KATHERINE MCPHEE

          I Fall In Love Too Easily **


ROD MCKUEN

          A Boy Named Charlie Brown * 1/2


CHRISTINE MCVIE

          Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie ** 1/2 


MEAT LOAF

          Bat Out Of Hell ****           
          Dead Ringer For Love ***  
          Midnight At The Lost and Found **  
          Bad Attitude ** 
          Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell ** 1/2 
          Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose ** 
          Braver Than We Are *  



BRAD MEHLDAU

          Blues and Ballads ***
          Nearness (w Joshua Redman) *** 1/2      
          Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau ** 1/2 
          After Bach 
          Seymour Reads The Constitution! 


JOHN MELLENCAMP

          American Fool ***
          Uh-Huh ***
          Scarecrow *** 1/2
          The Lonesome Jubilee *** 1/2
          Big Daddy ** 1/2
          Whenever We Wanted ** 1/2
          Human Wheels ***
          Dance Naked ** 1/2
          Mr Happy Go Lucky ** 1/2
          Cuttin' Heads **
          Trouble No More ** 1/2
          Freedom's Road ***/
          Sad Clowns and Hillbillies ***/


HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES FEATURING TEDDY PENDERGRASS

          To Be True *** 1/2


STEPHEN MERRITT

          The Charm Of The Highway Strip *** 
          Wasps' Nests ***
          69 Love Songs ****
          Hyacinth and Thistles ***
          i ***


          The Tragic Treasury: Songs From A Series Of Unfortunate Events

          Distortion ***

          50 Song Memoir *** 1/2



TIFT MERRITT

          Stitch Of The World ** 1/2

       
MIDLAND

          On The Rocks *** 


MIKA 

          Life In Cartoon Motion ***/  
          The Boy Who Knew Too Much 
          The Origin Of Love 

          No Place In Heaven *** 


GARNET MIMMS 


          Looking For You: The Complete United Artists and Veep Singles **** 


NICKI MINAJ

          Lady Penelope ** 


JONI MITCHELL

          Song To A Seagull aka Joni Mitchell (1968) *** 1/2
          Clouds (1969) *** 1/2
          Ladies Of The Canyon (1970) *** 1/2
          Blue (1971) ****
          For The Roses (1972) ****
          Court and Spark (1974) ****
          The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975) *** 1/2
          Hejira (1976) *** 1/2
          Don Juan's Reckless Daughter (1977) ***/
          Mingus (1979) ***/
          Wild Things Run Fast (1982) 
          Dog Eat Dog (1985) 
          Chalk Mark In A Rainstorm (1988) 
          Night Ride Home (1991) 
          Turbulent Indigo (1994)
          Taming The Tiger (1998)
          Both Sides Now (2000) ****
          Travelogue (2002)
          Shine (2007)


MOBY GRAPE

          Now I Know High ***/


THE MONKEES

          Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd (1967) ***
          Headquarters (1967) ***
          Instant Replay (1969) ***/
          Good Times! *** 1/2


JACKIE MOORE

          The Complete Atlantic Recordings ** 1/2


STANTON MOORE

          With You In Mind *** 1/2


ALLISON MOORER

          Not Dark Yet (w Shelby Lynne) ** 1/2


JOHN MORELAND

          In The Throes (2013) *** 1/2
          Big Bad Luv *** 1/2


VAN MORRISON

          Astral Works ****
          Moondance ****
          His Band And The Street Choir **
          St. Dominic's Preview (1972) ***
          Roll With The Punches ** 1/2
          Versatile **


MORRISSEY

          Viva Hate ***
          Kill Uncle ***
          Your Arsenal ***
          Vauxhall And I ***
          Southpaw Grammar **
          Maladjusted ** 1/2
          You Are The Quarry ***
          Ringleaders Of The Tormentors ***
          Years Of Refusal ***
          World Peace Is None Of Your Business ***
          Low In High School ***


MOUNT EERIE

          A Crow Looked At Me ***


MOVIE MUSIC/SOUNDTRACKS

          For film scores, soundtracks see Soundtracks at the bottom of the list


MRS. MAGICIAN

          Bermuda ** 1/2


MUD CRUTCH see TOM PETTY 


NICO MUHLY

          Planetarium (w Sufjan Stevens, James McAllister) ** 1/2 


KASEY MUSGRAVES 

          Pageant Material *** 1/2

          Golden Hour **

MUSICALS

          For stage musicals, see Cast Albums at bottom of list
          For movie musicals, see Soundtracks at bottom of list


LAURA MVULA

          Sing To The Moon *** 
          The Dreaming Room ** 1/2 


MY GIRL THE RIVER  


          This Ain't No Fairy Tale ** 1/2  


MY MORNING JACKET 

          It Still Moves *** 1/2  
          
          Evil Urges 
          Circuital 
          The Waterfall 



MARISSA NADLER

          Strangers ** 


LEIGH NASH 



          The State I'm In ***  


THE NATIONAL 

          Sleep Well Beast ***1/2 


YOUSSOU N'DOUR  

          Nothing's In Vain **** 
          Egypt *** 1/2 
          Dakar -- Kingston 
          Africa Rekk ** 1/2 


WILLIE NELSON

          Red Headed Stranger *** 1/2
          To Lefty From Willie ***
          Stardust ****
          Greatest Hits (And Some That Will Be) *** 1/2
          Across The Borderline ***
          Spirit ***
          Teatro *** 1/2
          Rainbow Connection **
          The Great Divide ** 
          You Don't Know Me: The Songs Of Cindy Walker **1/2
          Songbird ** 1/2
          Two Men With The Blues (w Wynton Marsalis) ****
          Willie and the Wheel (w Asleep At The Wheel) **
          American Classic *** 1/2
          Here We Go Again: Celebrating The Music Of Ray Charles (w Wynton Marsalis) ***
          Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin ** 1/2
          For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price ** 1/2 
          God's Problem Child ** 1/2
          Last Man Standing *** 


AARON NEVILLE  

          Apache * 1/2 


THE NEVILLE BROTHERS  

          Fiyou On The Bayou ***1/2 
          Yellow Moon 
          Brother's Keeper 


RANDY NEWMAN

          12 Songs ****
          Sail Away ****
          Good Ole Boys *** 1/2
          Little Criminals ***
          Trouble In Paradise ***
          Land Of Dreams ***\
          Randy Newman's Faust ** 1/2
          Bad Love **
          The Randy Newman Songbook Vol 1 ***
          Harps And Angels ** 1/2
          The Randy Newman Songbook Vol 2 ***
          The Randy Newman Songbook Vol 3 ***
          Dark Matter ***\ 


STEVIE NICKS   

          Belladonna ** 1/2  
          The Wild Heart ** 
      

SCOTT NOLAN

          Silverhill **


NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALL-STARS

          Prayer For Peace **


LAURA NYRO

          New York Tendaberry (1969) ** 


CONOR OBERST (SEE ALSO BRIGHT EYES)

          Ruminations *** 
          

FRANK OCEAN

          Nostalgia, Ultra *** 
          Channel Orange *** 1/2 
          Blond(e) ** 


ANITA O'DAY

          Sings The Winners (1958) ****


TOM ODELL

          Wrong Crowd ** 


LESLIE ODOM, JR. 


          Simply Christmas *** 


ZEPHANAIAH OHORA

          This Highway ** 


OKKERVIL RIVER


          Away ** 


OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW 


          Carry Me Back *** 


ORCHESTRA BAOBAB

          Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng *** 1/2 


LINDI ORTEGA


          Faded Gloryville *** 1/2 


BETH ORTON

          Kidsticks **


OZUNA

          Odisea *** 1/2


ANDERSON.PAAK

          Malibu (2016) ***/


BRAD PAISLEY

          Love and War *** 


JAKE AND AMANDA PALMER


          You Got Me Singing ***/ 


PANIC! AT THE DISCO

          Pretty.Odd 
          Vices And Virtues *** 1/2
          Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! ***
          Death Of A Bachelor ***
          Pray For The Wicked *** 1/2


MANDY PATINKIN

          Mandy Patinkin *** 1/2 
          Dress Casual *** 
          Experiment ** 1/2 
          Oscar and Steve *** 1/2  
          Kidults 
          Sings Sondheim *** 
          Diary: January 27, 2018 *** 1/2 


TOM PAXTON

          Ramblin' Boy ** 


HOUSTON PEARSON AND RON CARTER 


          Chemistry ***


LUCKY PETERSON

          Long Nights *** 1/2


PET SHOP BOYS

           Please ***
         Actually 
         Introspective 

         Behaviour 
         Very 
         Bilingual 
         Nightlife 

         Release 

         Fundamental 

         Yes 

         Elysium 

         Electric 

         Super *** 1/2



TOM PETTY 

          Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976) ***
         You're Gonna Get It! (1978) ** 1/2
         Damn The Torpedoes! (1979) *** 1/2

         Hard Promises (1981) *** 1/2
         Long After Dark (1982) *** 1/2
         Mud Crutch ***
         Mud Crutch 2 *** 1/2


PIGPEN THEATRE CO.

          Bremen *** 1/2
          The Way I'm Running ** 1/2
          Whole Sun ***


AUSTIN PLAINE 

         Austin Plaine ** 1/2 



THE POLICE  

          Outlandos d'Amour ** 1/2 
         Regatta de Blanc ** 1/2 
         Zenyatta Mondatta ***

         Ghost In The Machine *** 
         Synchronicity *** 1/2 


IGGY POP 


          Post Pop Depression ** 1/2 


THE POSIES

         Solid States ***

        

PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND

          So It Is ***/


ANGALEENA PRESLEY

          Wrangled ** 


ELVIS PRESLEY

          The Sun Sessions ****
          Elvis' Christmas Album ***  
          Elvis' Golden Records ****
          50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong: Elvis' Gold Records Vol 2 **** 
          Elvis' Golden Records Vol 3 *** 1/2 
          Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) *** 1/2          
          The King Of Rock N Roll: The Complete 50s Masters **** 
          From Nashville To Memphis: The Essential 60s Masters **** 
          Walk A Mile In My Shoes: The Essential 70s Masters *** 1/2
          Peace in The Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings ****  
          Way Down In The Jungle ** 1/2 


THE PRETENDERS 

          The Pretenders *** 1/2 
          Pretenders II ***  
          Learning To Crawl ****
          Get Close *** 
          Packed! 
          Last Of The Independents 
          Alone *** 
          

CHRIS PRICE

          Stop Talking ***


MARGO PRICE

          Midwest Farmer's Daughter ***
          All American Made ** 1/2 


PRINCE  

          Dirty Mind ***  
          Controversy ** 1/2   
          1999 *** 1/2 
          Purple Rain **** 
          Around The World in A Day *** 
          Parade **** 

          Sign O' The Times ****  
          Lovesexy **  
          Batman  no stars   

          Graffiti Bridge ** 1/2 
          Diamonds and Pearls **  
          Love Symbol Album **  


          Come * 
          The Black Album **
          The Gold Experience ** 1/2 
          Chaos and Disorder ** 
          Emancipation *** 
          Crystal Ball/The Truth ** 1/2 
          The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale * 1/2 
          Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic ** 
          Musicology ** 1/2 
          3121 ** 
          Planet Earth ** 1/2 
          Lotus Flow3r/ MPL Sound ** 
          PlectrumElectrum ** 
          Art Official Age ** 
          HITnRUN Phase One ** 1/2 
          HITnRUN Phase Two  ** 1/2 


JOHN PRINE 

          For Better, Or Worse ** 1/2 


PROCOL HARUM  


          Shine On Brightly *** 


CHUCK PROPHET

          Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins ***



GAETANE PROUVOST 

          Gabriel Pierne: Chamber Music For Piano and Violin (w Laurent Cabasso) (2008) *** 


PUBLIC ENEMY 

          Yo! Bum Rush The Show  
          It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back **** 
          Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Back  
          Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age 
          Man Plans God Laughs ** 1/2 


PSYCHIC TEMPLE 

         Plays Music For Airports *** 1/2

One artist recording an entire album by another artist is kind of nutty in the first place. But covering an ambient album by Brian Eno? That's bonkers! Has anyone ever covered an Eno instrumental before? Eno's music seems impervious to covers -- he creates a hermetically sealed world unto itself. And then Psychic Temple proved my assumption beautifully wrong. (It won't be the last time.) Eno wrote songs and indeed others can cover them with style, capturing the spirit of the original but making the songs their own. Who'd a thunk?


CHARLIE PUTH 

          Nine Track Mind ***


RADIOHEAD

          Pablo Honey *** 
          The Bends *** 1/2
          OK Computer ****
          Kid A ****
          Amnesiac ***
          Hail To The Thief ***
          In Rainbows *** 1/2
          The King Of Limbs ***
          A Moon Shaped Pool *** 1/2


CORINNE BAILEY RAE

          Corinne Bailey Rae *** 1/2 
          The Sea ***  
          The Heart Speaks In Whispers ** 1/2 


ERIN RAE

          Soon Enough ** 1/2 


THE RAMONES


          Mono 40th Anniversary **** 


DAVID RAWLINGS

          Poor David's Almanack *** 1/2 


JOSHUA REDMAN 


          Nearness (w Brad Mehldau) *** 1/2 


DELLA REESE

          Della Della Cha-Cha-Cha (1961) ***


R.E.M.

          Chronic Town EP ***
          Murmur ****
          Reckoning ***
          Fables Of The Reconstruction *** 1/2
          Life's Rich Pageant ****
          Document ***
          Dead Letter Office ***
          Green *** 1/2
          Out Of Time ***
          Automatic For The People ****
          Monster ** 1/2
          New Adventures In Hi-Fi ** 1/2
          Up -- ** 1/2
          Reveal -- **
          Around The Sun ** 1/2
          Accelerate ** 1/2
          Collapse Into Now ** 1/2


RESIDENTE

          Residente ***


LANA DEL REY

          Lust For Life ** 


RHODES 


          Wishes *** 


STAN RIDGWAY 

          Priestess of The Promised Land (w Pietra Wexstun) **  


JOSH RITTER  

         Golden Age Of Radio 
         The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter 
         The Beast In Its Tracks 
         Sermon On The Rocks ** (but "Man On The Rocks" a keeper)
         Gathering  


THE CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD 

          Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel ** 1/2 
          If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now ** 1/2 


THE ROLLING STONES

          The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers) **
          The Rolling Stones No. 2 ** 1/2
          Out Of Our Heads ***
          Aftermath *** 1/2
          Between The Buttons ***
          Their Satanic Majesties Request ** 1/2
          Beggars Banquet ****
          Let It Bleed ****
          Sticky Fingers ****
          Exile On Main St. ****
          Goats Head Soup **
          It's Only Rock n Roll **
          Black And Blue **
          Some Girls ****
          Emotional Rescue ** 1/2
          Tattoo You ***
          Steel Wheels (1989) ** 1/2
          Totally Stripped ** 1/2 


DANIEL ROMANO 


          If I've Only One Time Askin' ***


CALYPSO ROSE

          Far From Home ***


ROYAL BLOOD

          Royal Blood **


DARIUS RUCKER

          When Was The Last Time ** 


RUMER 

           Seasons Of My Soul *** 1/2
           Rumer Sings Bacharach At Christmas 
           Boys Don't Cry 

           Into Colour 
          Love Is The Answer 
          The Look Of Love: A Bacharach And David Songbook ***/ 


TODD RUNDGREN

           Runt *** 1/2
           Something/Anything? *** 1/2
           A Wizard, A True Star *** 1/2
           White Knight ** 1/2


RUN D.M.C.

          Run D.M.C. (1984) *** 1/2


RUSH

          A Farewell To Kings (1977) ** 


CATHERINE RUSSELL 

          Harlem On My Mind ** 1/2 


LEON RUSSELL 

          Leon Russell *** 1/2 



SADE

          Diamond Life (1984) *** 1/2
          Promise (1985) *** 1/2 
          Stronger Than Pride *** 1/2 


THE SADIES

          Northern Passage  ** 1/2



CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT

          For One To Love (2015) ***


SAMPHA

          Process ***/


OUMOU SANGARÉ

          Mogoya ***


SANTANA

          Santana IV ***


ROMEO SANTOS

          Golden **


SAZ'SIO

          At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me *** 1/2 


BOZ SCAGGS 

          Silk Degrees **** 
          Fade Into Light ***
          Dig 
          But Beautiful ****
          Speak Low *** 1/2 
          Memphis  
          A Fool To Care *** 1/2 
          Out Of The Blues  


JILL SCOTT


          Woman *** 1/2


JIMMY SCOTT

          The Source (1969) *** 1/2


THE SECRET SISTERS

          You Don't Own Me Anymore ***


BOB SEGER

          I Knew You When **


REV SEKOU

          In Times Like These ** 


MARTIN SEXTON 

          Camp Holiday *** 1/2 
          Mixtape Of The Open Road *** 


AMY LAVERE AND WILL SEXTON 

          Hallelujah, I'm A Dreamer *** 1/2 


SHABAZZ PALACES

          Vs The Jealous Machines *** 


SHAKEY GRAVES 

          And The War Came ***
          Nobody's Fool *** 1/2 


SHE AND HIM

          Volume One ***
          Volume Two ***
          A Very She and Him Christmas ***
          Volume Three ***
          Classics *** 1/2 


JULES SHEAR

          Jules Shear ***


SHEER MAG

          Need To Feel Your Love * 1/2


DUNCAN SHEIK

          Duncan Sheik ***/
          Humming 
          Phantom Moon *** 1/2 
          Daylight 
          White Limousine 
          Spring Awakening Orig Cast Album ****
          Whisper House *** 1/2 
          American Psycho Orig Cast Album ** 1/2
          Legerdemain ***/


JOAN SHELLEY

          Joan Shelley *** 


THE SHELTERS 


          The Shelters ** 1/2 


BOBBY SHORT

          Bobby Short (1956) ****


SIA

          Everyday Is Christmas *** 1/2


JANE SIBERRY

          When I Was A Boy  
          Ulysses' Purse *** 1/2

        
CARLY SIMON

          Carly Simon **
          Anticipation (1971) **
          No Secrets (1972) ***


NINA SIMONE

          Nina Simone And Piano (1969) ****
          Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles ***/


PAUL SIMON

          The Paul Simon Songbook ***
          Paul Simon *** 1/2
          There Goes Rhymin' Simon ****
          Still Crazy After All These Years *** 1/2
          Hearts And Bones *** 1/2
          Graceland ****
          Rhythm Of The Saints *** 1/2
          Songs From The Capeman ***
          You're The One ***
          Surprise ** 1/2 
          So Beautiful Or So What ***
          Stranger To Stranger ***


SIMON AND GARFUNKEL

          In Concert (1964) *** 1/2 


NINA SIMONE

          Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. **
          Sounds Of Silence ** 1/2
          Parsley, Sage Rosemary And Thyme ***
          The Graduate Soundtrack ** 1/2


THE 6THS see STEPHEN MERRITT


CAROL SLOANE

          Sophisticated Lady **


SAM SMITH

          The Thrill Of It All ***


THE SMITHS

          The Smiths *** 1/2
          Meat Is Murder *** 
          The Queen Is Dead ****
          Louder Than Bombs ****
          Strangeways Here We Come *** 1/2 


SOLANGE


          Sol-Angel and the Hadley Street Dream 
          A Seat At The Table *** 1/2 


SONGHOY BLUES

          Resistance ** 1/2


SON VOLT

          Bolts Of Blue ***


SOUNDTRACKS

          See Soundtracks at the bottom of the list


J.D. SOUTHER

          John David Souther ***


ESPERANZA SPALDING

          Chamber Music Society 
          Radio Music Society 
          Emily's D+Evolution ** 1/2  
          Exposure


SPARKS

          Hippopotamus ** 1/2


THE SPECIALS

          The Specials (1979) ***/ 


REGINA SPEKTOR 

          Soviet Kitsch 
          Begin To Hope *** 1/2 
          Far 
          What We Saw From the Cheap Seats 
          Remember Us To Life *** 1/2 


THE SPINNERS

          The Spinners (1973) *** 1/2


DUSTY SPRINGFIELD

          Dusty In Memphis ****
          Faithful ***/
          White Heat ***
          

WESLEY STACE

          Wesley Stace's John Wesley Harding ***/ 


CHRIS STAPLES

          Golden Age ** 1/2 


MAVIS STAPLES

          I Believe To My Soul (w Allen Tousssaint, Billy Preston, Ann Peebles, Irma Thomas) ****
          Live: Hope At The Holdout ****          
          Livin' On A High Note ** 1/2
          If All I Was Was Black **


VINCE STAPLES

          Big Fish Theory ***


CHRIS STAPLETON

          From A Room Vol. 1 *** 1/2
          From A Room Vol. 2 ***


KAY STARR

          If You Can't Stand The Heat *** 


DAKOTA STATON


         Dynamic! *** 


STATUS QUO

          On The Level ***/


STEELY DAN

          Can't Buy A Thrill 
          Countdown To Ecstasy 
          Pretzel Logic 
          Katy Lied 
          The Royal Scam 
          Aja **** 
          Gaucho 
          A Decade Of Steely Dan **** 
          Two Against Nature ** 1/2 
          Everything Must Go ** 


STEEP CANYON RANGERS 


          Radio **  


CAT STEVENS

          The Laughing Apple **


SUFJAN STEVENS

          Michigan *** 1/2
          Seven Swans ***
          Come On Feel The Illinoise ****
          Songs For Christmas ****
          The Age Of Adz ** 1/2
          Silver And Gold *** 1/2
          Carrie And Lowell ****
          Planetarium (w Nico Muhly, James McAllister) ** 1/2 


STING 

          The Dream of The Blue Turtles *** 1/2 
          Bring On The Night **** 
          ...Nothing Like The Sun *** 1/2 
          The Soul Cages *** 
          Ten Summoner's Tales *** 
          Fields Of Gold: The Best Of Sting 1984-1994 *** 1/2 
          Mercury Falling 
          Brand New Day 
          Sacred Love 
          The Last Ship 
          57th and Ninth *** 
          44/876 **  


ST PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES 


          Sea Of Noise **


STURGILL SIMPSON

          Metamodern Sounds in Country Music *** 1/2
          A Sailor's Guide To Earth *** 1/2


THE STRUTS

          Everybody Wants Some *** 1/2


HARRY STYLES

          Harry Styles ** 1/2


MOSES SUMNEY

          Aromanticism *** 1/2


TAYLOR SWIFT

          Reputation **


SZA

          Ctrl *** 1/2 


THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH 

          Shallow Grave *** 1/2
          The Wild Hunt *** 1/2
          Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird (ep) ***
          There's No Leaving Now *** 1/2 

          Dark Bird Is Home ****


AARON LEE TASJAN 

          Silver Tears *** 


CHIP TAYLOR

          A Song I Can Live With ** 1/2 


JAMES TAYLOR 

          James Taylor 
          Sweet Baby James 
          Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon 
          One Man Dog 
          Walking Man  
          Gorilla 
          In The Pocket 
          Greatest Hits ****
          JT 
          Flag  
          Dad Loves His Work 
          That's Why I'm Here 
          Classic Songs **** 
          Never Die Young 
          New Moon Shine  
          Hourglass 
          October Road 
          Covers 
          Before This World ** 1/2 

          
JACK TEAGARDEN

          Think Well Of Me (1962) *** 1/2


TEARS FOR FEARS

          Rule The World: The Greatest Hits *** 


TEEENAGE FANCLUB

          Bandwagonesque *** 1/2 
          Grand Prix 
          Here ** 1/2 


SONNY TERRY

          At Sugar Hill (w Brownie McGee) ***


THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS

          No! *** 1/2
          Here Come The ABCs *** 1/2
          Here Come The 123s ***
          Here Comes Science ***
          Why?
          

CHRIS THILE

          Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau ** 1/2


LINDA THOMPSON

          One Clear Moment *** 1/2
          Fashionably Late *** 1/2
          Versatile Heart ***
          Won't Be Long Now


RICHARD THOMPSON

          Hand Of Kindness ***
          Small Town Romance *** 1/2
          Across A Crowded Room ***
          Daring Adventures *** 1/2
          Amnesia ***
          Rumour And Sigh *** 1/2
          Mirror Blue ** 1/2
          You? Me? Us? **
          Mock Tudor *** 1/2
          The Old Kit Bag ***
          Front Parlour Ballads
          Sweet Warrior
          Dream Attic
          Electric
          Acoustic Classics ***
          Still ** 1/2
          Acoustic Classics II ***
          Acoustic Rarities ** 1/2
          13 Rivers 


RICHARD AND LINDA THOMPSON

          Henry The Human Fly ***
          I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight ****
          Hokey Pokey *** 1/2
          Pour Down Like Silver ****
          First Light ***
          Sunny Vista ** 1/2
          Shoot Out The Lights ****


TEDDY THOMPSON

          Teddy Thompson ***
          Separate Ways *** 1/2
          Upfront And Down Low *** 1/2
          A Piece Of What You Need *** 1/2
          Bella *** 1/2
          Family ***
          Little Windows (w Kelly Jones) *** 1/2


TINARIWEN

          Elron ** 1/2


TINY TIM

          God Bless Tiny Tim (1968) *** 1/2
          Tiny Tim's 2nd Album (1968) ***


T.O.L.D.

          Witches **


ALLEN TOUSSAINT

          Life, Love and Faith  
          Southern Nights *** 1/2 
          I Believe To My Soul (w Mavis Staples, Billy Preston, Ann Peebles, Irma Thomas) **** 
          The River In Reverse (w Elvis Costello) *** 1/2 
          The Bright Mississippi  
          American Tunes ***


BOUBACAR TRAORE

          Dounia Tabolo ** 


RANDY TRAVIS 

          Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am ** 1/2  


A TRIBE CALLED QUEST 

          The Low End Theory *** 1/2 
          Midnight Marauders  
          Beats, Rhymes and Life  
          The Love Movement  
          We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service *** 1/2 


BOBBY TROUP

          Sings Johnny Mercer (1955) *** 1/2
          The Distinctive Style Of Bobby Troup (1955) ***
          Bobby Swings Tenderly (1957) **
          And His Stars of Jazz (1958) **


JETHRO TULL 

          Aqualung *** 


FRANK TURNER 

          Flower Boy ** 1/2 


STEVEN TYLER 

          We're All Somebody Somewhere **  


WILLIAM TYLER 

          Impossible Truth 
          Modern Country *** 


TYLER THE CREATOR 

          Tape Deck Heart *** 1/2
          Positive Songs For Negative People ***
          Mittens EP ***
          Be More Kind ** 1/2 


CARRIE UNDERWOOD 

          Some Hearts 
          Carnival Ride 
          Play On *** 
          Blown Away 
          Storyteller *** / 

          Cry Pretty 


UNDERWORLD 

          Impossible Truth 
          Barbara, Barbara, We Face A Shining Future  ***


U2

          Boy *** 1/2
          October ***
          War *** 1/2
          Under A Blood Red Sky ****
          The Unforgettable Fire ****
          Wide Awake In America ****
          The Joshua Tree *** 1/2
          Rattle And Hum ****
          Achtung Baby *** 1/2
          Zooropa **
          Pop **
          All That You Can't Leave Behind ***
          How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb ** 1/2
          No Line On The Horizon ** 
          Songs Of Innocence ** 1/2
          Songs Of Experience ** 1/2



FOY VANCE

          The Wild Swan ***


LUTHER VANDROSS

          The Night I Fell In Love (1985) ***


VAN HALEN

          MCMLXXXIV **


VARIOUS ARTISTS

          See bottom of list


SARAH VAUGHAN

          Sarah Vaughan aka Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (1954) *** 1/2
          Live At Rosy's ** 1/2 


SUZANNE VEGA 

          Suzanne Vega *** 
          Solitude Standing ***
          Days Of Open Hand *** 1/2
          99.9F  ***

          Nine Objects Of Desire *** 1/2 
          Songs In Red And Gray 
          Beauty and Crime 
          Close-Up Vol 1: Love Songs *** 1/2 
          Close-Up Vol 2: People and Places *** 1/2 
          Close-Up Vol 3: States Of Being *** 1/2 
          Close-Up Vol 4: Songs Of Family  
          Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles 
          Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers *** 


KURT VILE

          Lotta Sea Lice (w Courtney Barnett) *** 1/2 


VIOLENT FEMMES 


          We Can Do Anything *** 


VOICES CARRY

          Voices Carry ***
          Welcome Home *** 1/2
           Everything's Different Now *** 


LOUDON WAINWRIGHT 

          High, Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project *** 1/2
          10 Songs For The New Depression ***
          Older Than My Old Man Now 
          Haven't Got The Blues (Yet) *** 



RUFUS WAINWRIGHT 

          Rufus Wainwright *** 1/2
          Poses ***
          Want One **** 
          Want Two ***
          Release The Stars ** 1/2 
          Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall  
          Milwaukee At Last!!! 
          All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu 
          Out Of The Game 
          Prima Donna 
          Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets  


BUTCH WALKER 

          Stay Gold *** 


RYLEY WALKER 

          Golden Sings That Have Been Sung *** 


M WARD

          Duet For Guitars #2 ** 1/2
          Transfiguration Of Vincent ***
          Transistor Radio *** 1/2
          Post-War ***
          Hold Time ***
          More Rain ** 1/2


THE WAR ON DRUGS

          A Deeper Understanding **


CHARLIE WARSHAM

          The Beginning Of Things ***


DINAH WASHINGTON

          The Fats Waller Songbook aka Sings Fats Waller (1957) *** 1/2
          A Bouquet Of Hits (2017) **


KAMASI WASHINGTON

          Harmony of Difference *** 1/2 


THE WATERBOYS  

          This Is The Sea *** 1/2   
          Fisherman's Blues ***   
          Room To Roam   
          An Appointment With Mr. Yates 
          Fisherman's Box ****   
          Modern Blues *** 


ROGER WATERS

          The Pros and Cons Of Hitchhiking * 1/2
           Is This The Life We Really Want? ** 1/2


WILLIE WATSON

          Folk Singer Vol. 2 ** 1/2



BEN WATT

          North Marine Drive ** 1/2
          Hendra ** 1/2
          Fever Dream ** 1/2 


THE WEEKND 


          Beauty Behind The Madness ** 1/2


WEEZER

          Weezer (White Album) *** 


KANYE WEST 

          The College Dropout ***  
          Late Registration  
          Graduation  
          808s and Heartbreak  
          My Beautiful Dark, Twisted Fantasy *** 1/2  
          Yeezus   
          The Life Of Pablo *** 1/2  
          Ye   


JACK WHITE  

          Blunderbuss   
          Lazaretto   
          Boarding House Reach   
          Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 *** 1/2  


WHITE  STRIPES

          The White Stripes    
          De Stijil    
          White Blood Cells *** 1/2    
          Elephant **** 
          Get Behind Me Satan 
          Icky Thump     


MARGARET WHITING

          Sings The Jerome Kern Songbook (1960) *** 1/2 


WILCO

          A.M.     
          Being There 
          Mermaid Avenue (w Billy Bragg) *** 1/2 
          Summer Teeth *** 1/2 
          Mermaid Avenue II (w Billy Bragg) *** 1/2 
          Yankee Hotel Foxtrot *** 1/2  
          A Ghost Is Born  
          Sky Blue Sky 
          Wilco (The Album) 
          The Whole Love 
          Star Wars 
          Schmilco ** 1/2 


MARION WILLIAMS 

          Surely God Is Able *** 1/2       
          The Gospel Soul Of Marion Williams ****  
          

ROBBIE WILLIAMS 

          Life Through A Lens      
          I've Been Expecting You 
          Sing When You're Winning *** 1/2 
          Swing When You're Winning *** 1/2 
          Escapology  
          Intensive Care   
          Rudebox 
          Swings Both Ways 
          The Heavy Entertainment Show ** 1/2      


JESSE WINCHESTER

          Jesse Winchester  
          Learn To Love It *** 
          Love Filling Station *** 1/2 
          A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble 


MAC WISEMAN

           I Sang The Song ***/ 


NAT AND ALEX WOLFF

          Public Places ** 1/2      



PETER WOLF

          Sleepless ***           
          Midnight Souvenirs *** 1/2 
          A Cure For Loneliness ***


LEE ANN WOMACK

          The Way I'm Livin' ** 1/2           
          The Lonely The Lonesome and the Gone ***


LIZZ WRIGHT

          Grace ***


X

          Los Angeles (1980) ** 


YEARS AND YEARS 


          Communion ** 1/2  


YES

          Fragile * 


DWIGHT YOAKUM

          Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.  
          Hillbilly Deluxe 
          Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room 
          If There Was A Way 
          This Time ****
          Gone 

          Under The Covers 

          Come On Christmas 
          A Long Way Home 
          Tomorrow's Sounds Today 
          South Of Heaven, West Of Hell 
          Population Me 
          Blame The Vain 
          Dwight Sings Buck  
          3 Pears 
          Second Hand Heart 
          Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars *** 1/2  


NEIL YOUNG

          Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere 
          After The Gold Rush


          Harvest ***


          On The Beach *** 1/2


          Tonight's The Night

          Decade *** 1/2


          Rust Never Sleeps

          Old Ways
          Landing On Water
          Freedom ***
          Ragged Glory ***/
          Harvest Moon *** 1/2
          Sleeps With Angels **
          Mirror Ball 
          Broken Arrow
          Silver And Gold *** 1/2
          Are You Passionate? ** 
          Greendale * 
          Prairie Wind *** 
          Le Noise *** 
          Americana ** 
          Psychedelic Pill *** 
          A Letter Home *** 
          Storytone 
          The Monsanto Years ** 
          Peace Trail **
          Earth *
          Hitchhiker (2017 release recorded in 1976) ***
          The Visitor **

Clearly, I prefer pastoral Neil. (Even though I'm a mild holdout on "Harvest" and prefer several later, similar albums to that acclaimed work.) Probably the first time I was aware of him at all was Live Aid, when he ambled onto the stage and did a very ragged acoustic set. Young's "Sugar Mountain" stopped me cold, even though I wasn't old enough yet to be looking back on my lost youth. I've been a fan ever since. And yet, not one album gets four stars? Not even the epic, genre-defining, ubër boxed set "Decade"? Hey, don't blame me. I'm sure if Neil Young ever accidentally created a perfect album he'd be mighty displeased, yank out the reels of music, throw them on the ground, stomp on 'em a little, muddy them up, maybe cut out a song or two (probably the best ones, just to be perverse), rearrange the tracks so they made no sense and then slap it all back together with a smile. Perfect is the farthest thing from his mind. 


ZULI

          On Human Freakout Mountain *** 1/2


CAST ALBUMS/MUSICALS/BROADWAY

          Annie Get Your Gun (Doris Day, Robert Goulet album) (1963) ****
          Camelot Orig Broadway Cast Album ****
          Dear Evan Hansen (2017) ** 1/2
          Hadestown Orig Off Broadway Cast Album *** 1/2
          My Fair Lady (Orig Broadway Cast Album) ****
          Spring Awakening Orig Cast Album ****
          Sunday in The Park With George (Original 1984) ****
          Sunday in The Park With George (Bway 2017) *** 1/2


SOUNDTRACKS

          Baby Driver *** 1/2          


VARIOUS ARTISTS

          Aloha Got Soul 1979-1985 ***            
          Bluesin' By The Bayou ** 1/2 
          Country Soul (2015) ** 1/2 
          Dub Specialist: Studio One Dub FireSpecial ** 1/2 
          The Golden Age Of Popular Music: More Country Hits *** 
          John Savage's 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded *** 
          Let The Good Times Roll: 40 Jumping R and B Classics *** 
          Nigeria Freedom Sounds: Popular Music and the Birth... ** 1/2 
          Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton **           
          Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie's 26 Northwest Songs ** 
          Songs Of Lennon and McCartney (UK) ** 1/2 
          Soul Of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions In the Age of Black Power ***/ 
          Southern Soul Crate *** 1/2 
          A Tribute To Dan Fogelberg ** 
          You Make My Heart Sing: 50 Of The Greatest Love Songs Ever (UK) *** 1/2