Dec 112015

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Everywhere but here, the world of cover and tribute albums tends to be a sleepy one. Most years our “Best Cover Albums” list is composed of records that either flew totally under the radar or, at best, earned a few news posts on music blogs. There’s the “all star” tribute albums that make a brief mark before being largely forgotten. And there’s the big-name artists whose cover albums get seen as a side project before their next “real” albums. That’s just the lot you sign up for when you release an album of cover songs most years.

But most years don’t have Ryan Adams. Continue reading »

Aug 222011

With the release of their 2009 album, Yeah So, Sheffield, England duo Slow Club (aka Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor) took the folk world by storm with their lovely perspective on relationships encompassed in an inventive package. The band’s love songs, such as “When I Go” and “Let’s Fall Back in Love,” were made even more beautiful with the use of percussion like glass bottles and chairs, and through the band’s cute, but not too sugary songwriting. Now the duo is back with a new album, Paradise, which includes a really different (and funky) new track, “Two Cousins.” Continue reading »