So much excellent new music coming out every week! Here are the top picks from the last couple weeks (June 16 and 23 to be precise), as appraised by the editors at allmusic.com (who also wrote the mini-reviews below). All links will take you to the relevant page on hoopla where you can listen to the music right now. Enjoy!
New on Tuesday, June 23:
- Still (Deluxe Edition) by Richard Thompson
British Folk-Rock. The British folk-rock icon goes into the studio with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, who helps him sound just like himself.
- Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves
Contemporary Country. Acclaimed country singer/songwriter digs deeper on her gorgeous second album.
- Bones by Son Lux
Post-Rock. Idiosyncratic rhythms, startling anthems, unsettling lyrics, and organic-mechanical timbres form a bold, inventive, unshakably dystopian-feeling LP.
- Payola by Desaparecidos
Alternative/Indie Rock. Socio-political punk rock anthems shot through with enough pure '70s power pop acumen to ignite every lighter in the Nippon Budokan.
- Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Americana. After nearly three decades of marriage, this professional couple delivers a honey of debut album.
- Ravel : Daphnis & Chloé, La Valse conducted by Philippe Jordan
Ballet. Philippe Jordan and the Orchestra and Choirs of the Paris National Opera present Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé and La valse in sumptuous sound.
New on Tuesday, June 16:
- Before This World by James Taylor
Adult Contemporary. After a 13-year hiatus, the singer/songwriter begins to write originals again with this relaxed record.
- The Original High (Deluxe Version) by Adam Lambert
Pop. Reuniting with Max Martin and Shellback, the glam-disco singer creates a canny modern pop record.
- Restless Ones by Heartless Bastards
Alternative/Indie Rock. Erika Wennerstrom and her bandmates up their game in the studio on their fifth album, sounding especially authentic and powerful.
- Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live At Capitol Studios)
Contemporary Jazz. Reunited with his original acoustic trio, the pianist successfully grafts stylish pop and R&B song forms onto jazz.
- Golden Moments by Jill Scott
Adult Contemporary R&B. Smartly sequenced overview of the top-tier R&B artist's Hidden Beach albums, featuring all of her charting singles from the period.
- Luminiferous by High On Fire
Alternative Metal. After a three-year wait, the Bay Area trio come roaring back with an exquisite slab of power sludge.