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Jennifer Warnes: Another Time, Another Place

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Jennifer Warnes: Another Time, Another Place

Warnes’ first album in 17 years reminds us how much this singular talent has been missed. A benediction about finding resilience in the face of personal misfortune and political uncertainty, it touches on themes of love, loss, and hope. The ten tracks include songs by Eddie Vedder (“Just Breathe”) and Mark Knopfler (“Why Worry”) and an homage to post-Katrina New Orleans (“The Big Easy”). Underscoring Warnes’ wide-ranging talent are the cherished classics “Tomorrow Night” and “I See Your Face Before Me,” where the lush string orchestration recalls Nelson Riddle.… Read the full article

Brinkmann Debuts Second Album

By | November 6th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Brinkmann Debuts Second Album

The following is a press release issued by Brinkmann. November 6, 2019 – Thanks to the meteoric success of our debut LP, whose entire pressing sold out prior to release, Brinkmann proudly announces an encore… Destined to delight music aficionados and audiophiles alike, Brinkmann’s second release, “Get That Motor Runnin’” reunites Blicher Hemmer Gadd, the acclaimed Jazz Trio featured on our first LP. The new album includes six songs: three studio recordings and three live recordings. Award winning saxophonist Michael Blicher, Hammond wizard Dan Hemmer and legendary drummer Steve Gadd first collaborated in 2014 to celebrate their shared love for …… Read the full article

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Texas Flood

By | October 25th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Texas Flood

From the moment your stylus saddles into the opening grooves of the Chuck Berry-tinged “Love Struck Baby,” to the final strains of the Hendrix-dipped slow blues “Lenny,” prepare to be electrified by MoFi’s latest release in its One-Step vinyl series. First released in 1983, Texas Flood was the debut recording of guitar-slinger extraordinaire Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band of cookin’ soulmates, Double Trouble. Recorded live in the studio over three days, the album mixes traditional rockers with slow blues and instrumentals, all with the energy and swagger of young players proudly strutting their considerable stuff.… Read the full article

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The National: I Am Easy to Find

By | October 18th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

The National: I Am Easy to Find

Verging on a concept album, The National’s eighth studio release reflects a ripening extension of their estimable talents and evolving style, bringing into the foreground the band’s collaborations with women—particularly the many musicians and featured vocalists sharing near-equal duties here with lead singer Matt Berninger. Longtime fans might find themselves caught off-guard by this surprising shift in sonic landscape. Sweeter melodies and softer vocal textures emerge, in contrast with the band’s tendency toward heavier tonality and spiraling existential angst. Moments of languid chamber-pop formality register as composed (in every sense), courtesy of Bryce Dessner’s orchestrations plus a string section.… Read the full article

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Traffic Returns to Vinyl

By | October 4th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Traffic Returns to Vinyl

In 1967 four musicians left the city in order to hole up in an English country cottage, where they immersed themselves in music. Far from the madding crowd, the artists created a fresh new sound that reflected a communal spirit and a penchant for blending genres. The songs they wrote resulted in some early singles that enjoyed chart success in the UK and a first album that was popular on both sides of the pond. The group went on to sell millions of records, and collaborations between different band members with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and others affirm …… Read the full article

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The Flaming Lips: King’s Mouth: Music and Songs

By | September 25th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

The Flaming Lips: King’s Mouth: Music and Songs

Like Bizarro World Frank Sinatras on acid, the Flaming Lips have always done it their way. This longstanding alt-rocking Oklahoma collective consistently paint their music outside the lines of sonically acceptable society, and they’re at it again with their 15th studio album. Initially issued as a limited-edition gold-vinyl LP on Record Store Day in April before seeing wider release in July, King’s Mouth follows the trajectory of Wayne Coyne’s fractured fairytale as buttressed with South London-accented narration by the Clash’s resident iconoclast, Mick Jones.… Read the full article

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Frank Zappa: Zappa in New York: 40th Anniversary Deluxe

By | August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Frank Zappa: Zappa in New York: 40th Anniversary Deluxe

Housed in a circular tin shaped like a NYC manhole cover, the expanded edition of Zappa in New York commemorates the 40th (technically 41st) anniversary of the original live double album released in March 1978 on Zappa’s DiscReet label. This deluxe 5-CD boxed set (and 3-LP 180-gram vinyl set) documents four sold-out shows held at The Palladium between Christmas and New Year’s of 1976. The 15-month gap between the live recordings and the album release had to do with Warner’s fear of a lawsuit by Punky Meadows, the subject of the song “Punky’s Whips.” The lineup for the performances includes …… Read the full article

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Evosound

By | August 20th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Evosound

Since its first release in 2004, the Evosound music label has experienced considerable success in the Asian market, but it hasn’t had as much of an impact elsewhere. That should change, however. An effort by the Hong Kong-based record company to gain a wider audience will bear fruit due to its commitment to making excellent-sounding recordings in genres that appeal to audiophiles—or so my introduction to the label leads me to suspect. As the Music Editor of TAS, I receive a lot of music in my mailbox.… Read the full article

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Definitive Audio and Linn Products Host “The Playlist with Vinyl Me, Please”

By | August 7th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Definitive Audio and Linn Products Host “The Playlist with Vinyl Me, Please”

One of the oldest and most successful high end audio retail stores in Seattle, Definitive Audio, hosted a music listening event on July 25 along with Linn Products LTD and a new vinyl subscription company (remember the Columbia Record Club or the RCA Victor Record Club?) called Vinyl Me, Please. The focus of The Playlist event was decidedly on music—the artists, the musical context, and the contrasts or connections among the songs—and not on the playback gear. This was a welcome change from most trade shows and even some other retail store events.… Read the full article

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Over the Rhine: Love & Revelation

By | July 24th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Over the Rhine: Love & Revelation

For their 13th LP, the Ohio-based husband-and-wife team of bassist Linford Detweiler and vocalist Karin Bergquist offer 11 meditations on love and loss. The sparse arrangements—marked by Bergquist’s aching vocals, chiming acoustic guitar, and Greg Leisz’s yearning pedal steel, with occasional string accompaniment—fit in with the group’s motto to leave the edges rough, and their literary pop is consistently melodious and haunting. “Los Lunas,” a striking contemplation on grief, is reminiscent of a snowbound afternoon—warm on the inside, but with the icy glare of melancholia just a breath away.… Read the full article

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