of Montreal: UR FUN [Album Review]
Jan17

of Montreal: UR FUN [Album Review]

of Montreal UR Fun Polyvinyl Records [2020] Album Review: For the 16th album form the Athens, GA-based of Montreal, principal songwriter and band leader, Kevin Barnes opted to make the album in isolation, playing all of the instruments himself. While Barnes often takes the band out on tour as a quintet and will likely do so this year, there’s no doubt that the music and lyrics reflect his unique take on the world, even his tendency to...

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Joseph Arthur: Come Back World [Album Review]
Jan14

Joseph Arthur: Come Back World [Album Review]

Joseph Arthur Come Back World Moonage Rebel [2019] Album Review: Given all the artists who Joseph Arthur has collaborated with, it’s always surprising to me that he’s not achieved the kind of ‘household name’ notoriety that come with music industry breakthroughs. An early singer/songwriter discovery, Arthur’s earliest albums were on Peter Gabriel’s Real World label, he eventually formed and recorded an album in the folk/rock...

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Chris Taylor: Lovers, Thieves, Fools + Pretenders [Album Review]
Dec04

Chris Taylor: Lovers, Thieves, Fools + Pretenders [Album Review]

Chris Taylor Lovers, Thieves, Fools + Pretenders Self-Released [2019] Album Review: While I’ve been a fan and acquaintance of San Antonio singer/songwriter, band leader and visual artist Chris Taylor for more than two decades, I have to admit when I recently checked out his bandcamp page, it was immediately obvious that he’s a lot more prolific than I’ve been aware. In the 90’s, Taylor fronted the band Love Coma, which had Matt Slocum...

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The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin – Live At Red Rocks [Album Review]
Dec02

The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin – Live At Red Rocks [Album Review]

The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin: Live At Red Rocks Warner Records [2019] Fire Note Says: The Flaming Lips join together with the Colorado Symphony to recreate their 1999 masterpiece “The Soft Bulletin” at the landmark Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Album Review: Back in 2016, somebody had the smarts to imagine a 20th anniversary celebration of Oklahoma City’s Flaming Lips’ breakout 1999 release, The Soft Bulletin, complete with a live...

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Joe Henry: The Gospel According To Water [Album Review]
Nov29

Joe Henry: The Gospel According To Water [Album Review]

Joe Henry The Gospel According To Water earMUSIC [2019] Fire Note Says: Joe Henry’s 15th album arises out of a dire diagnosis, with reflections on mortality the befit a celebration of life. Album Review: Joe Henry’s 15th studio album, The Gospel According to Water, is unlike any other record you’ll listen to this year. All but two of the songs were written this year between Valentine’s Day and Father’s Day, after Henry was diagnosed...

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