Aaliyah is the self-titled third and final studio album by the "Queen of Urban Pop." Originally released in 2001, the album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Cited by critics as one of the best R&B records of its time, the album is a reflection of herself as both a young adult and matured vocalist. Standout tracks include "We Need A Resolution," "More Than A Woman," and "Rock The Boat."
If you could call out to your country, what would you say? Bibb has known many different Americas, the good, the bad and the ugly. But, just as the history of the United States has both light and shade, so does Dear America. It's a record that laces it's exploration of the nation's most poisonous issues with hope, love and a brighter road ahead. All is not lost, stresses Bibb, and neither are we -- the future is ours to write.
Channeling the manic euphoria that has compelled Andrew W.K.’s auditory insignia for decades, God Is Partying is comprised of nine exhilarating exaltations soaked with a flood of epic energy. From sinister metallic bastions like the buzzing single “Babalon”, to the timeless story telling of “Remember Your Oath”, the album will have fans of embracing their own party power and reveling in the depths of musical euphoria.
The ten pieces of Hey What—each built around their own instantaneous, undeniable hook—are turbocharged by the vivid textures that surround them. The ineffable, familiar harmonies of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker break through the chaos like a life raft. Layers of distorted sound accrete with each new verse - building, breaking, colossal then restrained, a solemn vow only whispered.
The Golden Casket hovers in the liminal space between raw punk power and experimental studio science as frontman Isaac Brock explores themes ranging from the degradation of our psychic landscapes and invisible technology, to fatherhood. The twelve tracks behave like amorphous organisms, undergoing dramatic mutations and mood swings that speak to the chronic tug-of-war between hope and despair that plays out in Brock’s head.
KGLW’s 18th studio album, Butterfly 3000, might be their most fearless leap into the unknown yet; a suite of ten songs that all began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesizers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and utterly seductive dream-pop. It’s simultaneously like nothing they’ve done before, and thoroughly, unmistakably Gizz, down to its climactic neon psych-a-tronic flourish. This is undoubtedly their most accessible and jubilant album to date.
Bela Fleck has made a point of boldly going where no banjo player has gone before, a musical journey that has earned him 15 Grammys in nine different fields, including Country, Pop, Jazz, Instrumental, Classical and World Music. But his roots are in bluegrass, and that's where he returns with My Bluegrass Heart, a 19-track set featuring a who's who of some of the greatest instrumentalists in bluegrass music's history alongside some of the best of the new generation of players. *Vinyl out 10/29
Over the course of a distinguished career spanning nearly 30 albums, multi-GRAMMY-winning pianist/singer/composer Eliane Elias' distinctive musical style has emerged as one of the most unique and immediately recognizable sounds in jazz. Elias blends her Brazilian roots and alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills, while consistently displaying her pianistic mastery and ability to integrate the many artistic roles she takes on. *Vinyl out 11/12
A Beautiful Life, the Bastards first release since 2015’s Restless Ones, serves up a mélange of blues, rock and singer-songwriter surrounding themes of self-love and awareness, mental health, the environment, and consumerism. Featuring performances by Andrew Bird, Greggory Clifford (White Denim), Jesse Chandler (Mercury Rev, Midlake), David Pulkingham (Patty Griffin), and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket).
While tracks like “Half a Heart Keychain” and “Too Late to Write a Love Song” allowed Riddy Arman to heal, her debut LP is far from just a breakup album. Her songs are rooted in the poetic imagery of country life, from the beauty of its simplicity to the isolation and loneliness that can often overtake its inhabitants. With fierce honesty and a voice that immediately commands attention, Arman has proven herself as much more than a lone cowboy.
"I've got plenty of energy, it's my currency" belts Amy Taylor on the opening track of Comfort To Me. Amyl and the Sniffers’ unrelenting, jaw dropping live show has propelled them to must see status and prompted The Guardian to declare AATS “the single most exhilarating rock’n’roll show I’ve seen in years.” Comfort To Me is somehow both heavier and more awesome than their debut and fully captures the chaotic energy of their legendary live show.