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Dexterously weaves together the warmth of classic '70s singer/songwriters like Ian Matthews and Don McLean with the cordial indie folk-rock of the Avett Brothers.
The producer incorporates his voice into his third album, with striking and often beautiful results.
A warm, ebullient collaboration between the Canadian pop outfit and the longtime New York a cappella R&B ensemble.
Decca / Verve
A glitzy and heartfelt tribute to Barry Manilow's hometown.
Rana notches a substantial success and bears out the predictions of those who tout her as a major star.
Indie rock meeting of the minds called to order by Midlake's Eric Pulido, featuring members of Franz Ferdinand, Band of Horses, and Travis.
A smart, witty, and engaging exercise in U.K.-style indie rock that's one of this band's most purely enjoyable efforts to date.
A cool, soulful, and funny breakthrough from the country singer/songwriter.
ECM / Verve
The saxophonist's third leader disc for ECM showcases the considerable rhythmic invention -- and muscle -- of his quartet.
On his return to live-in-the-studio, warts-and-all solo recording, the saxophonist/composer delivers a percussive, airy, emotionally resonant album.
The band's second album strips down the sound and ups the slacker quotient, while Jordan Corso's songs remain very sweet and quirky.
Father John Misty streamlines and expands his music on this grand, comical album.
Upset the Rhythm
Poppy, energetic, and deceptively simple noise punk from a London-based trio that includes a member of Sauna Youth.
Impossible Objects of Desire
The sixth LP by the Krautrock/post-punk aficionados sounds reinvigorated by a new rhythm section.
Seventeen years after Pop, Wolfgang Voigt's revered ambient techno project Gas makes its triumphant return with the lush, hypnotic Narkopop.
This is a landmark performance in the grand Russian tradition.
Guided by Voices
Robert Pollard introduces a new lineup of his venerable indie pop band on one of their most lively albums in years.
Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel present a re-creation of Lully's Persée, as it was performed in 1770 for Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
The influence of Franz Liszt on the music of Richard Wagner is explored on this 2017 Chandos release by Imogen Cooper.
Charles Ives: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Symphony No. 3 "The Camp Meeting"; Symphony No. 4; Orchestral Set No. 2
Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra round out their Ives cycle in superb form.
City Country City / Inkind
The Wales-dwelling singer/songwriter collaborates with Andrew Hale, Distance, St. Francis Hotel, and Ben Lamdin to deliver his most ambitious set to date.
An ebullient, rhythmically vibrant second volume of music inspired by the saxophonist's daughter, who died at Sandy Hook.
John Mayer returns to supple soul on this rich, rewarding album.
The singer/songwriter's second album delivers portraits of sorrow and strength that evoke confessional British folk and Laurel Canyon artists.
Pared as it might seem, the rapper's fourth proper album is just as rich as the platinum releases that preceded it.
This is superior "crossover" music; it doesn't betray the structural rigor that has historically defined music in the classical tradition.
The British trio's debut album of sophisticated, dreamy, '80s-style synth pop.
Violinist Liza Ferschtman presents works that bookend Mendelssohn's career, his early Octet and his final major work, the Violin Concerto.
Given the fluency of the piano writing here, it's a little hard to understand why Vaughan Williams neglected the instrument.
New collaborators and strong material serve the smoky-voiced singer and songwriter well on this 2017 effort.
Michelle Branch returns after an extended hiatus with a moody set of retro-electropop.
On this offering, the band walks the tightrope between doom, death, prog, and goth metal, and gets the tenuous balance absolutely right.
The group's seventh album is its richest, most fully realized effort yet, packed with lovely singing and warm harmonies reminiscent of the Free Design.
Run for Cover Records
The collation of the ragged New Jersey indie rock outfit's entire pre-label catalog.
Jay Vee Records
Robert Cray records with the legendary Memphis soul outfit the Hi Rhythm Section.
Robyn Hitchcock / Yep Roc
Recorded in Nashville with pop sorcerer Brendan Benson, Robyn Hitchcock's 22nd studio outing is his most vibrant collection of new music since the early 1990s.
Ryuichi Sakamoto's first solo album since recovering from throat cancer is sparse and challenging, yet ultimately powerful and rewarding.
Downtown / Interscope
The N.Y.C. group's third LP strikes a nice balance between their musical theater/experimental rock predilections and their emerging pop ambitions.
Collaborations with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier and an orchestra make this one of Tokumaru's most unpredictable albums yet.
El Camino Records
A well-paired collaboration between the Oklahoma indie rockers and members of Veruca Salt.
The unconventional U.K. folk/jazz/Indian trio continue to bear fruit on the excellent follow-up to their 2016 debut.
The singer/songwriter's self-titled 2017 effort is languid, luminous, and casually beautiful.
This uncommonly smart pop group just keeps getting brighter and more satisfying on its seventh album.
Beat Dies Records / Raveonettes
Recorded over a year's time, releasing a song a month, the long-running duo experiment successfully with their trademark noise pop sound.
Career-spanning collection of the Bay Area power pop group's work, lovingly put together by the band's own bassist, Alec Palao.
A celebratory dive into organic '70s-style R&B marks the New Orleans brass superstar's Blue Note debut.
Legacy / Sony Music
Splendid, well-detailed overview of the singer/songwriter's 1967 work for Bert Berns' Bang Records label.
The band's fourth album of snappy lo-fi power pop is their best yet, and also their last ever.