The new album demonstrates just how versatile a singer/songwriter Mike Mattison really is.
Ironically, Mixing Colours is best experienced by taking in its video presentations.
At its best, The Slow Rush features catchy, energetic, and danceable tracks at the service of lyrical ruminations on dark topics, such as uncertainty and the inevitable passage of time.
Adam Sherman, Cambridge-based musician, voice teacher, and vocal coach never went away.
At 70, Marcia Ball is a non-stop pro, particularly at pacing. Early barn burners gave way to the slow blues of “Just Kiss Me.”
Circles Around the Sun has established a distinctive niche within the expanding universe of “Grateful Dead as genre,” appealing to the core audience for Dead music without having to pull songs from the group’s songbook.
The band has tackled the Trump era with an urgent political edge on two recent albums that have surely lost them a share of good ’ole boys who were part of earlier audiences.
Michael Kiwanuka blends singer/songwriter with funk and soul, the energy of Afro-pop with the intensity of psych and prog.
For all the teen-pop trappings, however, there is an old-fashioned sensibility to Rex Orange County’s music.
So, after three original albums (plus a re-imagining of Joni Mitchell’s Blue) that fell short of wide acclaim, perhaps it was only a matter of time for them to think big.