Music Reviews

Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love

Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information/Wings Of LoveThe lost prog-soul classic rereleased, with three decades of newly unearthed demos...

Eric Burdon - 'Til Your River Runs Dry

Eric Burdon - 'Til Your River Runs DryA revitalised Burdon tells survivor’s tales...

The Breeders - Last Splash: LSXX

The Breeders - Last Splash: LSXXBig Deal: The Breeders’ best LP reissued as a seven-disc vinyl/3CD boxset on its 20th anniversary...

Iron And Wine - Ghost On Ghost

Iron And Wine - Ghost On GhostThe latest chapter in the singer-songwriter’s evolution is a work of immense beauty and scale...

Iggy And The Stooges - Ready To Die

Iggy And The Stooges - Ready To DieIg coaxes James Williamson out for a victory lap...

Morrissey - Kill Uncle

Morrissey - Kill UncleMorrissey’s partial rewriting of his past proves grimly successful...

The Graham Bond Organisation - Wade In The Water: Classics, Origins & Oddities

The Graham Bond Organisation - Wade In The Water: Classics, Origins & OdditiesA wizard, a true star...

Crime And The City Solution - American Twilight

Crime And The City Solution - American TwilightFirst new material in 20 years from celebrated post-punk doomsayers...

Edwyn Collins - Understated

Edwyn Collins - UnderstatedLess is infinitely more for the man who invented indie...

Low - The Invisible Way

Low - The Invisible WayMore raw beauty from the Duluth veterans, heightened by lashings of piano and Jeff Tweedy...

Suede - Bloodsports

Suede - BloodsportsNot quite a return to their storming, Britpop peak – but the signs are encouraging...

Blue Öyster Cult - The Columbia Albums Collection

Blue Öyster Cult - The Columbia Albums Collection“Guess what? I got a fever. And the only prescription is more cowbell.” Classic BOC, boxed...

Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving

Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light MovingRock’s poet-noise iconoclast debuts new underground supergroup...

Duane Allman - Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective

Duane Allman - Skydog: The Duane Allman RetrospectiveThe charismatic slide guitar god and Southern rock avatar finally gets his due via a massive career...

John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts

John Grant - Pale Green GhostsFormer Czar's emotionally raw second - Sinead sings backing...

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Old Yellow Moon

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Old Yellow MoonA collaboration at once overdue, and worth the wait...

Eels - Wonderful, Glorious

Eels - Wonderful, GloriousEels’ tenth album lives up to its fate-tempting title...

Bert Jansch - Acoustic Routes

Bert Jansch - Acoustic RoutesUnderstated BBC overview reissued...

Endless Boogie - Long Island

Endless Boogie - Long IslandUber-jams, the Civil War and a great leap-forward...

Who's That Man - A Tribute To Conny Plank

Who's That Man - A Tribute To Conny PlankFour-CD box set honours the great Krautrock producer and collaborator...

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Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...