These days, I approach a new Iced Earth record with both high hopes and a little trepidation.
The musical palette employed during “Worlds Apart” — the tablas and the vocals delivered by Asif Ali Khan and Haji Nazir Afridi — was almost shocking. This is a Bruce Springsteen song?!
Over a career which saw him co-found both the Byrds and Crosby Still and Nash, David Crosby has been known for a certain low-fi sound. Even his most critically acclaimed effort away from those groups shared this homey feel.
Los Lonely Boys have never sounded more cosmopolitan, never more engaged in the wider musical landscape around them, and yet Revelation isn’t all about previously untried sounds. The brothers keep their feet firmly planted on a now familiar soul-soaked blues-rock firmament.
This was a fun surf instrumental album from Get Hip, containing all of the Sir Finks’ material as recorded for the Wildebeest label.
For all of their many arguments, accusations and on-stage antics, Cream really broke up because of bad management, bassist Jack Bruce says. Having issued three albums in four years, and toured incessantly through 1968, they simply burned out.
<<< BACKWARD (“Mary Shut The Garden Door”) ||| ONWARD (“Downtown Canon”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** It’s strange: I like Donald Fagen records for how much they sound like Steely Dan and I like Walter Becker’s records for how they distance themselves from Steely Dan records.
Tom Levin took a huge step back into the spotlight, after struggling for years through a bad record deal, with 2011’s Tooth and Claw. This new album consolidates everything that once made him a best-new-artist phenom
Fergie Frederiksen, who fronted Toto for 1984’s Isolation and rebounded despite a cancer diagnosis to release two recent albums, has died
It doesn’t matter how many records I listen to in a year, I always seem to miss a few good ones. Live Fast, Die Loud is one of those that I didn’t get to in 2013.