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Mary J. Blige, ‘My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act I)’ (Matriarch/Geffen)

For someone who heard her first hits played on the radio while still living in the projects, hip-hop soul's Queen of Pain has rarely repeated…
Peter S. Scholtes / November 22, 2011

Blondie, ‘Panic of Girls’ (noble id)

Accept that the woman who taught the Muppets to love punk now has the hotly compressed vocal timbre of a Thai disco singer, and the…
Peter S. Scholtes / July 12, 2011

Jolie Holland, ‘Pint of Blood’ (Anti-)

Part marble-mouth, part singing saw, Jolie Holland is such a casually sexy singer that she could lazily evoke a freak-folk Elvis by emphasizing just a…
Peter S. Scholtes / June 28, 2011

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, ‘Unknown Mortal Orchestra’ (Fat Possum)

Beneath its bubbles of reverb and bashful echoes, this homemade psych-pop breakout from Mint Chicks guitarist Ruban Nielson seems to aim for the spare modernist…
Peter S. Scholtes / June 21, 2011

Art Brut, ‘Brilliant! Tragic!’ (Cooking Vinyl/The End)

Honoring a spoken-punk tradition closer to Flipper than the Fall, 2009's Art Brut vs. Satan was these Londoners' pop apotheosis, although only fans noticed. Now…
Peter S. Scholtes / May 24, 2011

Low, ‘C’Mon’ (Sub Pop)

The deal-breaker for Low - what keeps the Duluth, Minnesota trio a cult band after 18 years (despite the Robert Plant covers) - isn't their…
Peter S. Scholtes / April 12, 2011

Those Darlins, ‘Screws Get Loose’ (Oh Wow Dang)

The bad-gal routine of this Tennessee trio's debut was shtick, but the sound never was: punky vocals sung in twangy unison, lit up by bright…
Peter S. Scholtes / March 29, 2011

Review: Juliana Hatfield, ‘Peace and Love’

Applying her forlorn high notes and ruthless lyrics about relationships to Sheryl Crow-ish pop on 2008's How to Walk Away, Hatfield loosed a smokier voice,…
Peter S. Scholtes / February 16, 2010

The Clean, ‘Mister Pop’ (Merge)

The Clean's gift to indie punk was snappily drummed, gorgeously scuzzed krautrock pop scaled to human size by three male Moe Tuckers trading vocals like…
Peter S. Scholtes / September 1, 2009