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Lucinda Williams, ‘West’ (Lost Highway)

Leave it to Americana's favorite fiftysomething enfant terrible to set her greatest work against her worst. Producer Hal Willner weaves organ and violins through stunning…
Sean Howe / January 18, 2008

Steve Earle, ‘Washington Square Serenade’ (New West)

Now a New York resident, Steve Earle announces, "Good-bye, Guitar Town," on "Tennessee Blues," the first track of his 12th studio album. But even with…
Sean Howe / October 18, 2007

Bettye LaVette, ‘The Scene of the Crime’ (Anti-)

The indie Tina Turner follows up her tightly wound 2005 comeback, I've Got My Own Hell to Raise, in the company of Drive-By Truckers and…
Sean Howe / October 15, 2007

Linda Thompson, ‘Versatile Heart’ (Rounder)

"Give me a sad song / I'm in a class of my own," sings the former Mrs. Richard Thompson on her first solo record since…
Sean Howe / September 30, 2007

The Budos Band, ‘The Budos Band II’ (Daptone)

This Staten Island crew specializes in a very specifically '70s sound -- the Latin-and Afro-based groove that lurked on records by groups like Cymande, African…
Sean Howe / September 7, 2007

Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, ‘Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul’ (Barsuk)

"Those were happy times," Jesse Sykes exhales frostily over tremulous spy-movie guitar, but her lyrical interest in clouds, ghosts, and broken branches raises some doubts.
Sean Howe / April 1, 2007

The Rebirth of Uncool

They've been mocked in the pages of The Worst Rock and Roll Records of All Time. Your mom may have rolled joints on their album…
Sean Howe / August 30, 2006

Television Personalities, ‘My Dark Places’ (Domino)

Television Personalities always had heart to spare, even when it wasn't fashionable. While U.K. punk was raging and Sid Vicious was shuttling between Rikers Island…
Sean Howe / March 16, 2006

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