Editors' Choice for August, 2019

Royal Potato Family Records
The two bandleaders team up on a relaxed and effortlessly creative quartet album of winsome folk-jazz.
- Timothy Monger
Craft Records
CCR's Woodstock set is revealed as a fiery wonder in this long-overdue archival release.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arrowhawk
The excellent third album by a Detroit trio whose sweet and bouncy noise pop has a dark lyrical undercurrent.
- Tim Sendra
Signature
On her first album of originals in four years, the Americana singer/songwriter addresses the tumult of the times with wit and empathy.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Legacy / Sony Music
A hefty box containing 11 complete concerts from Presley's return to the stage in August 1969.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Signum Classics
A strong collection of recent MacMillan works that could work well as an introduction to his music.
- James Manheim
Rabid
Recorded at a March 2018 show, Fever Ray's first live album unites Karin Dreijer's music into a ferocious, joyous whole.
- Heather Phares
Memphis Industries
Evoking Baroque pop, Merseybeat, and Spector, the full-length debut of Tom McClung (WU LYF) is filled with well-crafted retro pop for romantics.
- Marcy Donelson
G&D
eOne
Rap
The third, funkiest, and most galvanizing duo LP from the prolific Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins.
- Andy Kellman
Real Gone Music
All of Janie Fricke's chart-toppers of the 1970s and '80s are here on this double-disc set.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Verve
A buoyant, earthy live performance by the late-night bandleader at the Village Vanguard.
- Matt Collar
ATO
The ever-prolific band dive headfirst into riff-heavy, thrash-adjacent metal, composing a doomy tale about the death of Earth and what happens after.
- Tim Sendra
Avie
A wonderful sleeper of a Schumann recording, with the real star a 1841 Viennese piano by Franz Rausch.
- James Manheim
Bobo Integral
The second album from this Australian indie pop songwriter is a tribute to his departed brother, overflowing with gratitude and warmth.
- Fred Thomas
Ondine
Splendid performances of Tchaikovsky's relatively rare sacred music, in a spirit the composer would have loved.
- James Manheim
Hyperion
Wonderful, almost forgotten chamber works that draw on Schumann and Brahms but diverge from them.
- James Manheim
Third Man Records
Collaborating with producer Dave Cobb, Lillie Mae expands and sharpens her focus.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Verve
The singer/guitarist's full-length debut for Verve impresses with efficient arrangements, sophisticated songcraft, and nuance.
- Marcy Donelson
Domino
An earthy debut from the London jazz group that sounds like a mix of the Jazz Messengers and Hugh Masekela.
- Matt Collar
Working with Jackson Phillips of Day Wave, Yorn adds dreamy synths to his sturdy songs.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Flying Nun
The duo's ambitious second album is a divine union of the mystical and down-to-earth, the spiritual and the sensual.
- Heather Phares
Universal / Universal Music
The band's second album recorded with Rostam Batmanglij is an effusive production full of lyrical hooks that balances all of their broad musical influences.
- Matt Collar
Real Gone Music
A 1985 concert performance (previously available only on laserdisc) from the guitar wizard gets an audio-only reissue.
- Mark Deming
Rc1 Records / Rodney Crowell
With a cast of fellow Texans, the Houston native pays wry, affectionate tribute to the Lone Star State.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sargent House
Recorded with Converge's Kurt Ballou, Russian Circles' seventh studio album is one of their most unmistakably raw, direct releases.
- Paul Simpson
Secretly Canadian
The singer/songwriter's triumphantly romantic second album celebrates love with joyous disco-pop and introspective ballads.
- Heather Phares
Roadrunner Records
The masked Iowans sixth full-length effort sees a confident and apoplectic Slipknot in full command of their craft.
- James Christopher Monger
From Here
R&B
Casually affecting and more song-oriented second album from the R+R=Now member.
- Andy Kellman
Sacred Bones
Second explosive, boundary-crushing collaboration between noise-rock duos Uniform and the Body.
- Paul Simpson
Sacred Bones
CD edition of the first two boundary-crushing collaborations by noise-rock duos Uniform and the Body.
- Paul Simpson
Frenchkiss Records
The Hold Steady reconvene for an album that finds them embracing middle age.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Warner Records
The Regrettes sharpen their focus with a a song cycle about a love affair.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Scopitones
Thirty years later, David Gedge and company revisit their earliest songs, giving them a lively and much heavier sonic update.
- Tim Sendra
Castle Face
A wildly expansive album that finds the band pushing their psychedelic formula even further out without breaking it even a little.
Capitol / Virgin EMI
The singer draws upon her marriage, the divorce of her parents, and the death of her grandfather for a heartfelt album of lyrical, raw emotion.
- Matt Collar
Hickman Holler Records / RCA
On his second album, Tyler Childers sharpens his attack and broadens his horizons.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Republic / Virgin EMI
The Danish-American quartet re-channel the ghosts of arena rock's past and emerge with their strongest collection of songs to date.
- Thom Jurek
Run for Cover Records
Brilliantly written and executed lo-fi power pop from the restless musical mind of Fucked Up's Ben Cook.
- Tim Sendra
Zo!
Foreign Exchange Music
R&B
Lorenzo Ferguson's fourth Foreign Exchange LP freshly refines his first three, featuring new collaborators Devin Morrison and Madison McFerrin.
- Andy Kellman