Lucette: Black is the Color

Lucette's debut album, Black Is the Color, is a dark, haunting Southern Gothic masterpiece. The standout tracks are Lucette's trippy cover of the traditional folk ballad "Black is the Color," the moody original "Muddy Water," the "Jolene"-esque "Able Mae" and the album's sultry first single, "Bobby Reid." The latter features singer-songwriters Sturgill Simpson and JD... Continue Reading →

Fiona Bevan: Talk to Strangers

Fiona Bevan's debut album, Talk to Strangers, more than lives up to the promise of its first single. The British singer-songwriter's quirky soul-pop style falls somewhere between Sheila Nicholls, Joanna Newsom and Corinne Bailey Rae, but these are tenuous reference points at best. Fiona is really carving a niche of her own here. Fiona's rich... Continue Reading →

Bastille: All This Bad Blood

Bastille's Bad Blood was named one of 2013's best albums by more than one Muruch writer last year, long before the single "Pompeii" began ruling the radio. On the heels of the song's success, Bastille released an expanded, two-disc version of their hit album called All This Bad Blood. I'm not usually a fan of... Continue Reading →

Lykke Li: I Never Learn

Lykke Li's debut, Wounded Rhymes, often wasted her enchanting voice on vapid pop songs, but had plenty of strong, stunningly eccentric arrangements and eerily sparse ballads to make up for its uptempo weaknesses. Unfortunately, her sophomore album, I Never Learn, seems to suffer from the opposite affliction - an overabundance of lifeless, melancholy tracks. I... Continue Reading →

Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldines

It's hard to believe it's been almost 25 years since Tori Amos released her groundbreaking solo debut, Little Earthquakes, and 20 years since Under the Pink established Tori as the singer-songwriter to which every female pop pianist who followed would be compared. What a long, strange trip it's been. After exploring the classical genre on... Continue Reading →

Mirah: Changing Light

Mirah's recently released fifth solo album, Changing Light, has it all: cleverly poetic lyrics expressing deep emotion, heartstring-tugging melodies, lush orchestration and gorgeous vocals. The album features contributions from Mary Timony as well as members of Deerhoof and tUnE-yArDs among others, but Mirah's honey-dripped, intimate vocal phrasing gives the impression she's singing just for you.... Continue Reading →

Kate Tucker: The Shape The Color The Feel

Singer Kate Tucker reunited with backing band The Sons of Sweden for her new album, The Shape the Color the Feel. Much like the Seattle quintet's self-titled debut, the new album's greatest strength is also its Achilles' heel - one stunning, standout track darkly overshadows the rest. The stand out track of Kate Tucker &... Continue Reading →

Agnes Obel: Aventine

Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel's name may not be familiar to you, but chances are you've heard her music. Obel's songs have been prominently featured in popular television shows like Grey's Anatomy and Revenge. Her new sophomore album, Aventine, is a gorgeous, lush and somewhat moody collection. On Aventine, Agnes Obel's angelic soprano glides across delicate... Continue Reading →

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