New Reviews for June 21, 2024

Proxy MusicEditor's choice
Storysound Records
The great heroine of British folk-rock recruits a team of artists to sing her songs, and they do so beautifully.
- Mark Deming
Yep Roc
Two heroes of American roots music team up for a second time in a pairing that complements both sides.
- Mark Deming
Good TogetherEditor's choice
Concord / Fantasy
The Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston soul-pop outfit's breezy, feel-good eighth studio album.
- Matt Collar
From the Mars Hotel [50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
Grateful Dead
This 50th Anniversary Edition of the band's solid seventh studio album includes previously unreleased live concert recordings from the same time period.
- Fred Thomas
9 Sad Symphonies
Kill Rock Stars
Featuring an orchestral pop inspired by vintage Hollywood musicals, the typically irreverent Brit turns in her most earnest set yet.
- Marcy Donelson
Water Still Flows
Third Man Records
On his fourth long-player, the Nashville-based ambient composer adds the tension of doom metal to his powerful, dreamy aesthetic.
- Thom Jurek
Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow [Deluxe Edition]Editor's choice
This 50th anniversary reissue Contains "The Alternate Zinc Alloy: Change", a bonus disc of 24 fascinating 'work-in-progress' versions and demos.
Cemetery Classics
Sonic Cathedral
The project's engaging second album focuses on elliptical pop that evokes artists as varied as Panda Bear, Daft Punk, and Depeche Mode.
- Heather Phares
Endless Summer
AllMusic Staff Pick - June 24, 2024
June 24, 1974
This album, released 50 years ago today, was the album by which millions of sons of late baby boomers (and sons and daughters of the early ones) first really discovered the Beach Boys, beyond hearing the occasional oldie on the radio. It was the summer of 1974, and the Beach Boys were still trying to get themselves back on track commercially after a seven-year commercial dry spell, when this double LP of their 1963-1966 material (all but one cut pre-dating Pet Sounds) came along and did the job.
- Bruce Eder