New Reviews for July 19, 2024

Bando Stone & The New WorldEditor's choice
Matt Rothstein / RCA / Wolf & Rothstein
Donald Glover's final album under the Gambino banner is a fitting send-off that delves into R&B, rap, pop, and rock with finesse, style, and emotion.
- Tim Sendra
Across the River of StarsEditor's choice
Curation Records
The twangy California outfit emerge from a long hiatus with an album that evokes the warm, psychedelic glow of the moon.
- Matt Collar
I Love You So F***ing Much
Polydor / Republic
The band responds to the isolating effects of success with sci-fi-tinged songs about love that retain all of their idiosyncratic charm.
- Heather Phares
Dreams Do Come True: When George Benson Meets Robert FarnonEditor's choice
Rhino / Warner Records
The jazz and R&B icon unveils his long-lost 1989 orchestral album.
- Matt Collar
How to Color a Thousand MistakesEditor's choice
Morr Music
The ambient pop duo returns after a decade-long hiatus with a full, confident sound and wise outlook.
- Heather Phares
Can't Seem to Come Down: American Sounds of 1968
Various Artists
Grapefruit
Well-chosen look at a tumultuous time in the world of music filled with both obscure songs by familiar artists and garage, psych, and rock rarities.
- Tim Sendra
From Punk to Ultra: The Plurex Story
Various Artists
Modern Harmonic
Led by tracks from future Factory act Minny Pops, this gathers punk and post-punk oddities issued by an Amsterdam-based label from 1978 through 1980.
- Andy Kellman
TwentyfourEditor's choice
Ear Music
Recorded over four years, this double-length is a startling microcosm of the guitarist's development as both a player and composer.
- Thom Jurek
Horizon Unlimited
AllMusic Staff Pick - July 25, 2024
1979
One of the last in a run of solid work from these Nigerian twins, this 1979 album is a magical, groove-centric collection of pop-minded Afrobeat burners. As with much of the Lijadu Sisters' '70s output, these six songs are powered by dual vocals, joyously funky instrumentation, and locked-in polyrhythmic percussion.
- Fred Thomas