New Reviews for June 14, 2024

Rock 'n' Roll Star!Editor's choice
PLG / Rhino
A thorough examination of the creation of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars featuring 29 unreleased tracks.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One Hand ClappingEditor's choice
Capitol / EMI Records / UMC
The music from the unreleased live-in-the-studio doc showcases a vigorous, stripped-back Wings.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Poptical Illusion
Domino / Double Six
A more upbeat companion to the mournful Mercy, this finds the Velvet Underground co-founder full of energy, ideas, and intelligence.
- Mark Deming
Always Centered at Night
A full-length drawn from the musician's label/collaborative project, showcasing different guest vocalists united by a common passion.
- Paul Simpson
The Art of the Lie
Bella Union
The singer/songwriter's anger, anguish, and mordant wit are more tangible than ever on these portraits of deception and betrayal.
- Heather Phares
Rectangles and CircumstanceEditor's choice
The singer/composer and versatile percussion quartet reunite for a captivating set guided by 19th century poetry.
- Marcy Donelson
The GlossEditor's choice
Fire Talk
Montreal trio combines high-tension post-punk with atmospheric, jazz-leaning touches and the occasional dip into early-2000s street-level rock revivalism.
- Fred Thomas
OathEditor's choice
Temporary Residence
Celebrating 25 years, the quartet and an orchestra deliver their 12th album, built upon the concepts and strictures of time's passage.
- Thom Jurek
Into the Gap
AllMusic Staff Pick - June 16, 2024
A new wave pop classic, this fourth studio LP by the Sheffield trio represents their commercial peak: it topped the U.K. chart and was their only album to reach the Top Ten in the U.S. and Canada. Hits like "Hold Me Now" -- ubiquitous in 1984 -- "You Take Me Up" and "Doctor! Doctor!" kept them in rotation on MTV, Top 40 radio, and club dancefloors alike. Nearly 30 years after the band folded, Tom Bailey performed the entire album live for the first time at a sold-out Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in 2022.
- Marcy Donelson