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posted: February 26, 2014

English Oceans

ATO LP, CD

In his excellent new book I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway, veteran critic Greg Kot discusses the harmonic blend of styles that distinguished the late 1960s/early 1970s era Muscle Shoals sound from every other locale in America. Read More


posted: December 4, 2014

2014’s Best Pop and Rock Albums

No single human being could hear the thousands of albums released in a single year. The best a critic can do is hear as much of the field as possible, keep an ear to the ground, and react accordingly. Here are the albums that most frequently caught and kept my attention during 2014, and which should enjoy long shelf lives in the years to come. Read More


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