Articles by: Nick DeRiso

David Bowie’s Let’s Dance illustrated the durability of Chic’s hitmaking sound

David Bowie’s Let’s Dance illustrated the durability of Chic’s hitmaking sound

Credit David Bowie for understanding how to cast his latest iteration. But also Chic for having the goods to make that nascent vision a reality.

The Moody Blues’ John Lodge, “10,000 Light Years Ago” (2015): One Track Mind

The Moody Blues’ John Lodge, “10,000 Light Years Ago” (2015): One Track Mind

John Lodge displays a welcome willingness to build a bridge to the future from a well-known foundation of the Moody Blues’ past.

Fleetwood Mac’s overlong Say You Will sorely missed Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac’s overlong Say You Will sorely missed Christine McVie

Christine McVie’s absence from ‘Say You Will,’ released this week in 2003, left Fleetwood Mac critically unbalanced. They could have used an editor, too.

Sonny Landreth, “Bound by the Blues” (2015): One Track Mind

Sonny Landreth, “Bound by the Blues” (2015): One Track Mind

Sonny Landreth reminds us just how important the blues is, as both foundation and (maybe most importantly) as launching pad.

Indigo Girls, “Happy in the Sorrow Key” from One Lost Day (2015): One Track Mind

Indigo Girls, “Happy in the Sorrow Key” from One Lost Day (2015): One Track Mind

Crunchy where they might have been folky before, the Indigo Girls’ punchy “Happy in the Sorrow Key” simply pulls no punches.

Graham Parker and the Rumour, “Railroad Spikes” from Mystery Glue (2015)

Graham Parker and the Rumour, “Railroad Spikes” from Mystery Glue (2015)

Graham Parker and the Rumour returned after three decades as if nothing had changed. Everything had changed, of course. Well, except for these guys.

Rick Danko + Levon Helm, “Once Upon a Time” from Rick Danko (1977): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko + Levon Helm, “Once Upon a Time” from Rick Danko (1977): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko was the first to start a solo career, but this involving duet with his former Band mate Levon Helm shows a sense of community remained.

Percy Sledge may have been a one hit wonder, but what a hit it was

Percy Sledge may have been a one hit wonder, but what a hit it was

Percy Sledge has died at 73 having long been dubbed a one hit wonder. But that one hit – “When a Man Loves a Woman” – was a wonder, indeed.

Fleetwood Mac hit big with Tango in the Night, then imploded: ‘It was difficult for everybody’

Fleetwood Mac hit big with Tango in the Night, then imploded: ‘It was difficult for everybody’

Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tango in the Night,’ released this week in 1987, grew out of another trampled project by Lindsey Buckingham. He’d be gone for 10 years afterward.

Steve Hackett – Wolflight (2015)

Steve Hackett – Wolflight (2015)

Steve Hackett’s ‘Wolflight’ is the sound of an artist who’s taken a loving look back, only to realize he still has room to grow.