Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black [Album Review]
Dec07

Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black [Album Review]

Mavis Staples If All I Was Was Black ANTI- [2017] Fire Note Says: In the Trump era, Mavis Staples – who earned her chops with the Staples Singers, and lately has been backing up Bob Dylan – works with producer Jeff Tweedy to provide positive anthems for the resistance. Album Review: B.B. King once told an interviewer questioning how long he could continue to record and tour, that “the Blues do not retire.” The King, who died at 89 may...

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Soul Of A Woman [Album Review]
Dec05

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Soul Of A Woman [Album Review]

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Soul Of A Woman Daptone Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Sharon Jones’ last will is a testament to classic R&B, and a celebration of life. Album Review: Most of the time you don’t know when something will be your last time. When I took my son over to St. Louis last May to see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, I didn’t know we’d never get another chance to see that band. There have been rare...

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U2: Songs Of Experience [Album Review]
Dec01

U2: Songs Of Experience [Album Review]

U2 Songs Of Experience Interscope Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Music doesn’t have to be inspirational to be good, but U2 at their best is just that. Album Review: One of the challenges when your band’s the second highest grossing touring bands of the year, is “Getting Out of Your Own Way.” Of course, that’s a problem most working bands would love to have, but Irish rockers U2 have been such a big deal for so long, that nearly...

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St. Vincent: Masseduction [Album Review]
Nov30

St. Vincent: Masseduction [Album Review]

St. Vincent Masseduction Loma Vista Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: St. Vincent builds on the success of her last album, bringing her performance art mechanics, manic guitar noise and energetic electro-pop hysterics face to face with tragedy and lives to tell about it. Album Review: St. Vincent’s eponymously titled 4th solo album, released in 2014, was easily her most accessible album, while also delivering some pretty amazing songs...

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Chris Taylor: Down A Dead End Street [Album Review]
Nov28

Chris Taylor: Down A Dead End Street [Album Review]

Chris Taylor Down A Dead End Street Self-Released [2017] Fire Note Says: San Antonio singer/songwriter with a half dozen albums of original LPs under his belt, offers up a tribute to Bob Dylan. Album Review: These days, San Antonio singer/songwriter and painter, Chris Taylor can be heard regularly around his hometown playing The Cove and other places where original music is till appreciated. Plus, he has over two-dozen releases...

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