New Reviews for April 19, 2024

Dark MatterEditor's choice
EMI Records / Monkeywrench
An unexpectedly sleek and streamlined evocation of the alt-rock band's 1990s prime.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Other SideEditor's choice
The great songwriter and producer's first set of new songs in almost 20 years is simple, eloquent, and emotionally powerful.
- Mark Deming
Final SummerEditor's choice
Pure Noise
The band's tenth album is packed with the surging emotions and melodies fans expect, as well as a surprising amount of wisdom and joy.
- Heather Phares
Duets: Ghost on the Canvas Sessions
Big Machine Records
The late country-pop singer's 2011 record Ghost on the Canvas is revised as a duets album.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This Ain't the Way You Go OutEditor's choice
Communion Records
A jazzier, more collaborative fifth album from the U.K. singer/songwriter, informed by working with Logic and Kwes., and inspired by major life events.
- Marcy Donelson
OrchestrasEditor's choice
Blue Note
The guitarist leads his trio on this lush orchestral collaboration with arranger Michael Gibbs.
- Matt Collar
Tarantula Heart
Monolithic five-track full-length from these heroes of heaviness that was collaged together and expanded on from heavily edited source material.
- Fred Thomas
The first of two albums from Luther Vandross' 1970s vocal group, reissued for the first time.
- Andy Kellman
Last Testament
AllMusic Staff Pick - April 22, 2024
Bunk Johnson had a rather unlikely career. Completely forgotten and out of music by the late '30s, he was given a new set of teeth and a trumpet and hailed as a legend. Johnson made an impressive comeback, but excessive drinking resulted in an erratic and short-lived career. Both overpraised by some and dismissed by others, Johnson was actually a fine player when he was at his best. His final recording, which appears here along with two alternate takes, was arguably his best.
- Scott Yanow