Album Reviews

Alex Calder: Strange Dreams, Familiar Songs

Alex Calder: Strange Dreams, Familiar Songs

With a title like Strange Dreams, Alex Calder isn’t shying away from the dream pop associations that come to mind on his debut LP from Brooklyn imprint Captured Tracks. Calder shares 11 songs that sound familiar in one sense, shoegaze-wise, but in another sense because they are songs that could have been heard on his […]

Yusuf Islam Finds Balance on ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’

Yusuf Islam Finds Balance on ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’

Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens shows no signs of slowing down with a new folk-rock offering, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, from Sony Music and Legacy Recordings. With powerful rhythm-and-blues roots supporting the lyrics of a seeker, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone could be the strongest album Yusuf has released since his return to mainstream music in 2006. Yusuf […]

‘Springtime Carnivore': Staring at the Sky

‘Springtime Carnivore': Staring at the Sky

Springtime Carnivore is a solo project by Greta Morgan, AKA the pianist and vocalist of the Hush Sound and Gold Motel. Her self-titled debut album offers a lush soundscape of organic melodies and propels her into the sweet spot somewhere between the Cardigans’ Nina Persson and Lana Del Rey. Springtime Carnivore capitalizes on the expertise […]

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