Album Reviews
by Tom Beninate
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Artist: Lucinda Williams
Album:
The Ghosts Of Highway 20
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

This lyrically sad and depressing double CD has many artistic moments. However, culling the material to fit on one CD would have yielded as even better experience. Williams' cracking and mumbling vocals work perfectly to emphasize the mood.
Key Songs: "Place In My Heart", "Ghosts Of Highway 20", "Faith & Grace".
Artist: Gwen Stefani
Album:
This Is What The Truth Feels Like
Year Released: 2016
Rating:

Stefani's capable voice is wasted on these mainly subpar tunes. Parts and styles of many of these tracks seem similar to other songs in this genre.
Key Songs: "Make Me Like You", "Rare".
Artist: Sunflower Bean
Album:
Human Ceremony
Year Released: 2016
Rating:

The Bean's album has a number of fresh and original moments throughout. Their retro rhythm/modern synthe mix fits neatly in the pocket when matched with a strong melody.
Key Songs: "Human Ceremony", "Come On", "I Want You To Give Me A Rough Time".
Artist: Margo Price
Album:
Midwest Farmer's Daughter
Year Released: 2016
Rating:

Price released this traditional country record with updated traditional lyrics. The songs could be better, but you still get that fun down home sound.
Key Songs: "Hands Of Time".
Artist: Bob Mould
Album:
Patch The Sky
Year Released: 2016
Rating:

These are throw-back rock songs that could have been mainstream 30 or 40 years ago. There is a sameness among all the tracks. Mould's vocals sit too far back in the mix. The guitar solos could be stronger.
Key Songs: "Hold On", "Monument".
Artist: Parquet Courts
Album:
Human Performance
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

You get a nice amount of good hooks that are unfortunately weaved into mostly average tunes. The key songs are better. These guys seem to be enjoying themselves especially with those silly lyrics.
Key Songs: "Human Performance", "Steady On My Mind", "Berlin Got Blurry".
Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Album:
Emily's D+evolution
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

Spalding's smooth, silky and jazzy vocals would be the highlight of almost any album. Her complimentary bass parts anchor and cement each song. The tracks are airy yet strong. There's a slight Joni Mitchell influence here.
Key Songs: "Unconditional Love", "One", "Ebony And Ivory".
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Artist: Graham Nash
Album:
This Path Tonight
Year Released: 2016
Rating:

There are no surprises here. This is exactly what you would expect from Nash. There are a few hooks but nothing really stands out. The feel is easy and "outdoorsy".
Key Songs: "Fire Down Below".
Artist: Vince Gill
Album:
Down To My Last Bad Habit
Year Released: 2016
Rating:

Here is record filled with good old modern country tones. Gill is at the top of his game. There are not a lot of hits here but the entire album is good.
Key Songs: "Reason For The Tears I Cry", "One More Mistake I Made", "My Favorite ...".
Artist: Bonnie Raitt
Album:
Dig In Deep
Year Released: 2016
Rating:

There are no breakout hits or cutting edge originality on this record. Some tracks are average and some are better than that. Listen to this entire CD to get that classic Bonnie Raitt.
Key Songs: *Several*.