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...

Read More
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Polygonwanaland [Album Review]
Dec06

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Polygonwanaland [Album Review]

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Polygondwanaland No Label [2017] Fire Note Says: This King Gizzard is free for everyone! Album Review: I have no problem calling King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard the most ambitious band of 2017. The band seems to be on track to keep their promise, a year with 5 releases. So far, we’ve received Flying Microtonal Banana, Murder of the Universe, Sketches of Brunswick East, and now, believe it or...

Read More
Lorde: Melodrama [Album Review]
Dec06

Lorde: Melodrama [Album Review]

Lorde Melodrama Lava Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Lorde resists contemporary pop conventions and dusts off 80’s vinyl influences to craft one of the strongest and most original pop records of the year. Album Review: Four years ago, the meteoric rise of New Zealand’s Lorde was fueled by the strength of “Royals,” a single that trumpeted the arrival of a confounding, but instantly necessary pop goddess. “Royals” dominated...

Read More
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...

Read More
Future Islands: The Far Field [Album Review]
Dec04

Future Islands: The Far Field [Album Review]

Future Islands The Far Field 4AD [2017] Fire Note Says: Somber and spare, The Far Field marks a surprising change in tone for Future Islands. Album Review: Mainstream audiences were first introduced to Future Islands frontman Sean Herring, in all his demon-voiced, swivel-hipped glory, when Future Islands’ played the poppy, charismatic “Seasons (Waiting on You)” on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2014. It was the stuff of viral...

Read More
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...

Read More