Listen Closer: Joe Henry; Peter Gabriel & Elbow; The Secret Sisters; Hiss Golden Messenger; Belle & Sebastian; Beck Covers Arcade Fire

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Got headphones?For my money, the most exciting title on the summer music calendar is Joe Henry's new album Invisible Hour, which rivals his finest records. (Two of my favorite connoisseurs, Andy Whitman and Josh Hurst, have already declared it the album of the year, and maybe the album of the decade.)Here's a Soundcloud link to the song "Lead Me On," which features Lisa Hannigan.Does anybody write about the mystery of music more beautifully than Joe Henry? Here's an excerpt from his … [Read more...]

Listen Closer: St. Vincent, Beck, Neneh Cherry, Lost in the Trees… and U2

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Got headphones?St. Vincent's new self-titled record is every bit the fireworks show that we've come to expect. I'm listening to it right now, and it's melting my head. … [Read more...]

Information About “Information”

Beck's last album, Guero (not counting the album of remixes that came after it), was a smorgasboard of so-so songs with a few flashes of genius.According to Stephen Thomas Erlewine (in what must be the longest unbroken paragraph published this week), Beck's new album The Information is significantly better than that. There's a greater sense of craft here and while craft isn't necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Beck, it's what happens when an eccentric sticks … [Read more...]

Beck’s "Guero" is here, and so is Over the Rhine’s new album!

If you have a surround sound DVD system, do not buy the new Beck album Guero on CD.Instead, purchase the DELUXE DVD version!! It has the entire album, plus several extra tracks, videos for the songs, and more. The surround sound experience is fantastic. Beck clearly conceived of these songs for this format--they're busy with little details, and they're spacious enough that you can explore them in different ways with each listen. I rarely listen to an album three times through without a … [Read more...]


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