Folk/Country/Blues/World Album Reviews

PLEASE DON'T BE DEAD
Fantastic Negrito

 

 

The album title references Fantastic Negrito's brush with death in 1999 that left him in a coma for three weeks. Host Bobby Waller shares the fascinating back story of this drug-dealer-turned-Grammy-winner whose new album warns us of the perils of our times while artfully avoiding divisive political rhetoric.

gengre: blues/ roots

REMAIN IN LIGHT

Angelique Kidjo

 

How is this remake of the Talking Heads' album Remain In Light like pizza? Host Bobby Waller explains how Kidjo's take on this classic album is an example of what sociologist of religion call "the pizza effect."

genre: world/afrobeat

COLTER WALL
Self-Titled Debut Album

With a voice and wisdom beyond his years, Colter Wall is one of alt-country's hottest young songwriters.

Genre: alt-Country

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
by Julien Baker

Almost every reviewer makes a big deal out of how Julien Baker identifies herself as queer and Christian. But is "Turn Out The Lights" a queer Christian album? We analyze the lyrics in this heart-wrenching sophomore album to find out.

genre: slowcore

LIBERTY
Lindi Ortega

 

 

Critics are calling Lindi Ortega's tribute to the music of spaghetti westerns one of the best concept albums of 2018. But what IS a concept album? And what's the concept behind Liberty?

Genre: country

FREEDOM HIGHWAY
by Rhiannon Giddens

With this highly anticipated second solo album we ask the question: does Rhiannon Giddens avoid the sophomore slump?

Genre: Americana

PURE COMEDY
by Father John Misty

What did choking on a piece of candy in a JCPenny store teach Father John Misty about life? A lot, apparently. 

genre: folk

BOOKENDS

 

Simon and Garfunkel

 


Was Bookends inspired by Sgt. Peppers? On the surface, The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends are about as different as two albums can be. But on closer inspection of the lyrics, the similarities are striking.

GENRE: FOLK

THE NAVIGATOR
by Hurray for the Riff Raff

A sudden stylistic shift in the middle of track five signals a rediscovery of singer Alynda Lee Segarra's Puerto Rican roots.

genre: folk

BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU
by Brandi Carlile

How much is Brandi Carlile's new album about forgiveness? And how much is it about something bigger?

 

Genre: Folk rock

THE ORDER OF TIME
by Valerie June

According to Valerie June, spiritual growth is commensurate with our ability to understand how time works.

genre: Americana