Music Reviews

Cursive - The Ugly Organ

Concept album about sexuality from Nebraska quintet

Cass McCombs - Not The Way

Promisingly dazed US singer-songwriter

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Also released this month...

Junior Senior - D-D-Don't Stop The Music

Riotously infectious debut from fun-fixated Danish duo

Calla - Televise

Doom-laden noodling from NYC's latest press darlings

The Joe Jackson Band - Volume 4

He's The Man again

Nobukazu Takemura - 10th

Playful electronica from Japanese DJ

Molotov Cocktail

Imagine if the Cheeky Girls were as good as retro-kitsch archivists will probably one day pretend...

Martina Sorbara - The Cure For Bad Deeds

Tales of sleazy sex from young Canadian singer-songwriter

Mark Bacino - The Million Dollar Milkshake

Power pop with guts

Entrance - The Kingdom Of Heaven Must Be Taken By Storm

Baltimore freak lets it all hang out

The Angels Of Light - Everything Is Good Here

Avant-garde noise merchant turns it down to brilliant effect

Wayne Shorter - Alegria

Latest from thriving '60s jazz veteran

The Stratford 4 - Love & Distortion

BRMC buddy rides Britpop-fuelled rocket

Procol Harum - The Well's On Fire

Veteran outfit still going strong

Paul McCartney - Back In The US: Live 2002

The Cute Beatle reminds America who the real Boss is

Joan Armatrading - Lovers Speak

Mature collection of new songs from pioneering '70s singer-songwriter

Shipping News - Three-Four

Full-length debut from Louisville lo-fi trio

Tayo - Soul Of Man And Phantom Beats

Budget-priced samplers of clubland's hot new microscene

Mark Selby - Dirt

Nashville hit songwriter gets gritty

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Editor's Letter

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,”...