Recent Reviews

Feb 4, 2018*
72
A slow-growing but rewarding album. Repeated, careful listens reveal some very complex thought and intricate construction behind each composition. Frahm uses a very inventive, distinct palette throughout; including human voices, horns, organs, and acoustic piano. Unfortunately some of the work is rather flat and drags on a bit long.
Feb 4, 2018
80
This album is quite literally the music of my dreams. Wide Open Spaces is a meditation on lost Americana, the west, and country music in a 21st Century culture of technology, cynicism, and distortion. An album with moments of confounding grace if not a difficult listen overall. I walked five miles in the snow and listened to it in its entirety.
Feb 4, 2018
93
"I feel so much at once that I could scream."
Angel Olsen is one of the best writers in contemporary music and this album will put you under the spell of her burning, beautiful soul. Burn Your Fire seems to have arrived from some kind of timeless place of melody and mood. Her best work.
Feb 4, 2018
92
The Dream of the Blue Turtles is as much a work of world literature as it is a pop album. A brilliant pairing of stories and feelings with performances of nuance and virtuosity. The album occupies a unique sonic space as well- you are unlikely to hear music that sounds like this anywhere outside of Sting's canon. The jazz-inflected playing of Branford Marsalis, Omar Hakim, Kenny Kirkland, and others is transplanted to a landscape of lush 80s adult contemporary synthesizers and ambiance. ... read more
Jan 26, 2018
72
An especially warm, interesting listen from George. Some really irresistible numbers on here (Young Adult, Somewhere New, Take Me to Paris, A Bridge, Release Me, Stars). Classy, well-crafted writing and smooth arrangments.
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