Drive

Drive

With his cool persona, ever-growing songwriting chops, and uncompromising country delivery, Alan Jackson has quietly become country music's most complete performer.
Jukebox Sparrow

Jukebox Sparrow

From the moment her debut set's opener and first single, "Down and Dirty," begins, it's clear that Shannon McNally possesses enough musical breadth and emotional depth to ensure that she'll be around for the long haul.
Pirates Choice

Pirates Choice

This two-disc set revisits one of the great bands in the history of West African music.
Samba Bossa Nova

Samba Bossa Nova

Antonio Carlos Jobim's incredible bossa nova, born of the samba, continues to attract musicians.
Live at the Fillmore East

Live at the Fillmore East

As the title smartly suggests, this two-disc set comprehensively compiles the pioneering folk-rock band's pre-Columbia recordings, greatly expanding upon a like-titled 1969 compilation, with 40 tracks—16 heretofore unreleased—and a wonderful CD booklet, complete with David Fricke-penned liner notes.
Felicity Lott, soprano; Orchestre Suisse Romande/Armin Jordan

Felicity Lott, soprano; Orchestre Suisse Romande/Armin Jordan

An up-and-coming French singer was recently quoted as saying that veteran British soprano Felicity Lott "sings French better than most French singers." Dame Lott certainly sings beautifully (and dramatically) here, in Poulenc's classic 1958 setting of Jean Cocteau's 45-minute lyrical tragedy of the "lonely woman" La Voix Humaine.
Walking With Strangers

Walking With Strangers

With six albums to her credit, Marilyn Scott knows what works for her.
In the Fishtank

In the Fishtank

The latest "In the Fishtank" pairing—in which Amsterdam's Konkurrent label pairs two bands in the studio for an open-ended EP session—features offbeat Americana ensemble the Willard Grant Conspiracy with Dutch electronic act Telefunk.
C-Murder Arrested In Louisiana Shooting

C-Murder Arrested In Louisiana Shooting

Rapper C-Murder, the younger brother of hip-hop mogul Master P, has been arrested in the shooting death of a 16-year-old at a nightclub, authorities said. Police accused Corey Miller, 30, of fatally shooting Steve Thomas following an argument Jan. 12 at the Platinum Club in Harvey, La. Miller has not yet been charged. Prosecutors will decide what charges he should face, police said.
Truth, Simplicity & Love

Truth, Simplicity & Love

Truth, Simplicity & Love. It sounds like a tall order, but Italian brothers Gianni and Enzo Lo Greco pull it off ably on their North American debut.
Soldier of Midian

Soldier of Midian

Born in Jerusalem nearly 30 years ago and raised in New York City, Raz Mesinai (aka Badawi)—like turntablists Spooky, Olive, and Soulslinger—knows his way around the beats and rhythms of the world.
The Great Divide

The Great Divide

Like his contemporaries Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and George Jones, Willie Nelson has managed to craft brilliant albums that live up to a legendary career, and The Great Divide is certainly in that category.

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