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
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
Down from the Mountain: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
AllMusic Staff Pick - July 21, 2024
Various Artists
July 24, 2001
Sounding almost like an all-traditional country episode of "A Prairie Home Companion," the guests (including Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, the Whites, the Fairfield Four, and the Cox Family, among others) amiably exchange songs on-stage, reveling in the atmosphere of warm country, bluegrass, and blues music. Highlights include two non-traditional tracks from Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, whose earthy compositions fit in seamlessly with the time-honored traditional songs, and Emmylou Harris' contribution "Green Pastures" (which originally appeared on Roses in the Snow, her own Americana revival album from some 20 years earlier).
- Zac Johnson