Sacred System: Book of Exit/Dub Chamber 4

Sacred System: Book of Exit/Dub Chamber 4

The fourth and most engaging chapter in producer/mixmaster/bassist extraordinaire Bill Laswell's ever-inventive ambient-dub series for ROIR has a twist in the form of Ethiopian vocalist Ejigayehu "GiGi" Shibabaw, who sings on three of the six tracks.
Raï Superstars

Raï Superstars

Raï music, arguably the most popular music style in the Middle East today, originated in the Algerian port city of Oran.
UB40 Presents the Fathers of Reggae

UB40 Presents the Fathers of Reggae

This is not only one of the best reggae albums of the year; it's also one of the best recording concepts of the year. The members of long-lived U.K.
In the Pocket

In the Pocket

David Cullen is a ferocious finger-style guitarist who has been the guitar tech and accompanist for Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman for years.
Take No Prisoners

Take No Prisoners

In the early '70s, Lou Reed was dangerous, and it wasn't just his depictions of the nocturnal New York underworld that were on the edge; his interactions with his audience and the press could be volatile, to say the least. Witness the still-astonishing live album Take No Prisoners, recorded in 1978 at New York's Bottom Line. Reed does as much talking as singing, and his often X-rated raps present a cavalcade of late-'70s urban characters, with his targets ranging from Barbra Streisand to Village Voice critic Robert Christgau.
Twoism

Twoism

Twoism began life as a small, vinyl-only independent offering in 1995 on Boards of Canada's Music70 label, swelling into a sought-after eBay item by the end of the decade.
Charmbracelet

Charmbracelet

The title of Mariah Carey's new album (her first from her new Island Def Jam-distributed Monarc label) recalls simpler, more innocent times.
Better Dayz

Better Dayz

Six years after his death, 2Pac's catalog continues to grow, as evidenced by this latest posthumous double-disc set.
Shut Up

Shut Up

For a kid of a spectacularly famous musician, releasing an album of his or her own can be painful.
Just Whitney . . .

Just Whitney . . .

Brevity is the order of the day for Whitney Houston. At 10 tracks, which collectively clock in at under 40 minutes, Just Whitney . . .
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

2001 - Jazz trumpeter Conte Candoli dies of cancer in Palm Desert, Calif. He is 74.
A Perfect Dream

A Perfect Dream

"Be Like Water" launches the odyssey that is A Perfect Dream, a sensual feast of electronic leanings and hypnotic atmospheres that is brewed with alternative-leaning gothic melodies.

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