New Reviews for July 19, 2024

Bando Stone & The New WorldEditor's choice
Matt Rothstein / RCA
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 both the world of music filled with obscure songs by familiar artists and garage, pysch, 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
Jewels for Sophia
AllMusic Staff Pick - July 20, 2024
July 20, 1999
Released 25 years ago today, fans celebrated the return of original Soft Boy Kimberley Rew on two tracks for the first time in 18 years, and Hitchcock also commandeered a squadron of reverent co-conspirators in other cities to make a good LP into a first-rate one. Three-quarters of the Young Fresh Fellows along with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck are unmistakable on a trio of Seattle-recorded tracks, especially "Elizabeth Jade." Elsewhere, guitarist Tim Keegan of Homer reprises the sidekick color-man role he played in the film, and who wouldn't want Grant Lee Phillips and Jon Brion to sit in on some L.A. sessions?
- Jack Rabid