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The band's seventh album was tough to make, with a few stops and starts, but surprisingly easy to listen to.
After a Billboard debut and guesting on Frank Ocean albums, Alex Giannascoli sticks to the distinctive, home-recorded sound that made his reputation.
Jowcol Music / Luaka Bop
Luaka Bop delivers a treasure trove of rare recordings from the artist's non-jazz period and sheds new light on the importance of her contributions.
The Israeli-born trumpeter's second ECM album of atmospheric, classically influenced jazz.
The long-running indie pop band's tenth album is a meditation on love lost and found, delivered in sweetly honest and true fashion as usual.
Will Oldham delivers a casual but committed and deeply moving tribute to one of his heroes, Merle Haggard.
The Finnish duo's third album is a(nother) perfect blend of warm indie pop and icy synth pop that's quietly melodic and completely moving.
Café Tacuba / Café Tacvba
After a five-year wait, one of the best bands on the planet delivers a woozy, dizzying exercise in 21st century pop.
Stemming from a 2008 live performance, Carl Craig reworks selections from his catalog along with pianist Francesco Tristano and orchestra Les Siècles.
Double Double Whammy
Invigorating power pop with heart from a debut by members of LVL UP, Porches, and Normal Person.
Mercury / Now!
Chris Stapleton keeps things modest and soulful on the sequel to his unexpected smash Traveller.
Whitley's music is both accessible and rigorous; a promising new voice on the British scene.
This album by Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano demonstrates the expressive power and theatricality of Monteverdi's madrigals.
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis receives a period interpretation by Daniel Reuss and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.
Blending minimalism with cosmic disco, Delia Gonzalez's second solo album was inspired by Western films and her return to America after a stint in Berlin.
Complete with proper sequencing and remastered sound, this Tom Wilson-produced album is among the greatest folk-rock albums of the 1960s.
Columbia / Sony Music
AFI-singer Davey Havok and No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young collaborated on this hooky, '80s new wave-tinged debut.
Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony present two Elgar classics, the Introduction and Allegro for strings and the Symphony No. 1.
Krautrock legends faUSt document their 2016 American tour with a collaboration-heavy yet focused full-length.
The producer returns from several years of scoring projects with some of his boldest music.
The soundtrack to the four-hour documentary provides a good introduction to the Grateful Dead.
The dreamy lo-fi outfit lock into a consistent, distinctive, and alluring sound for their full-length debut.
Originally excerpted for an NPR broadcast, this concert by the legendary jazz bassist's big band appears complete with 40 additional minutes of music.
After embracing synths on her 2014 album, The Silver Globe, Weaver delivers a psychedelic gem coated in vintage keys, jangling guitars, and sonic exploration.
Fantasy / Prestige
A virtuoso debut from the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition winner.
A warm breeze of a record that unfolds like a curl of smoke from a damp bonfire.
Employing his wide vocal range, Jonas Kaufmann sings the tenor and baritone songs in Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.
The Colombian rock star delivers what may be his finest moment: A sense-altering audio-visual album about the nature and necessity of love.
The singer and songwriter rocks a bit more this time out, while showing how much he's grown as a tunesmith and vocalist.
Rebelon Entertainment / Universal
The Los Angeles band creates a stunning live-to-tape audio-visual album playing classic boleros, rancheras, and more in the plazas, bars, and theaters of Mexico City.
Each work -- from cities that became cultural centers as they declined in political power -- has something to recommend it.
From mariachi to danzon, cumbia to ranchera, son to blues and rock, and covers to originals, the artist delivers a new kind of feminist manifesto.
The masked instrumental combo pays cool and convincing tribute to occasional collaborator Nick Lowe.
The much anticipated fourth studio long-player from the L.A.-based singer/songwriter delivers a lethal blend of vulnerability, swagger, and hooks.
An emphasis on self-reflection signifies a tonal shift on the singer/songwriter's third strong full-length.
Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, 1984-2014 [Limited Edition Super Deluxe] [w/Book]
A splendid box set -- three CDs, one DVD -- that sums up the first 30 years of Cave's music with his singular backing band.
Spaced-out sonics and soul-searching lyrics from a genre-blurring singer/songwriter who has opened for Maxwell and King.
Bar / Bar/None Records / None
Shoegaze revivalists from Jersey City construct towers of massive, thoughtful guitar on their second album.
This L.A. sextet explores the inseparable connection of Mexican music with Caribbean sounds with help from producers Sly & Robbie and many guests.
David Hackbridge Johnson's debut recording on Toccata Classics presents his extraordinary Symphony No. 9 and two shorter orchestral works.
NFM / Signum UK
Revelatory Haydn in the way the historical instruments combine with the large forces to produce a truly mighty sound.
Mike Hadreas' fourth album moves past pain and toward acceptance, allowing his music to bloom in compulsively listenable ways.
The Chicago power pop-punk trio deliver a robust sophomore set with quality songwriting and a satisfying heft.
This folk-jazz trio delivers its sophomore recording from a studio, reinventing folk, pop, and jazz standards with depth and elegance.
Balancing lively dance rhythms with profound expressions, Richard Egarr explores the many layers of Bach's Partitas.
Columbia / Constellation / Legacy / Sony Music
A tribute album that doubles as a charity album for War Child, this reveals the depth and variety of Brandi Carlile's The Story.
Sofa Burn Records
The Ohio-based group's third album is oddball indie pop with glam rock and Joe Meek influences.
M.M. / Morr Music
The Icelander's more whimsical, piano-centric third LP seems to embrace a palette of pastels instead of blues and silvers.
On their electrifying sophomore outing, the Panola County, Mississippi trio records at Daptone in Brooklyn backed by a bevy of label sidemen.
On its fourth full-length, the Malcolm Catto-led collective adds a vocalist and travels the space ways through psychedelic jazz and tripped-out spiritual funk.
The English singer's 16th studio album is a compelling set inspired partly by the politics and violence of 2016.
Epic / Epic Soundtrax / Legacy / Sony Music / Vinyl Films
The soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's Seattle-set romantic comedy defined the grunge era.
Beethoven's Eroica receives a brisk and energetic live performance from Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Using samples and production tricks, Nathan Williams has crafted a poppy alternative universe version of the usual Wavves sound.
Named in tribute to his acoustic guitar, the singer/songwriter masters elegance and authenticity on his sixth album.
For this 2017 Linn release, William Carter performs Bach's lute transcriptions as discrete "reimaginings" for the instrument.