Posts Tagged: Constellation

A Closer Listen’s Best Albums of the Decade

The decade is over, and a new one has just begun!  A happy new year to all of our readers.  As we close the book on the old year and put the last decade to bed, we offer one final

A Closer Listen’s Best Albums of the Decade

The decade is over, and a new one has just begun!  A happy new year to all of our readers.  As we close the book on the old year and put the last decade to bed, we offer one final

A Closer Listen’s Best Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz Albums of the Decade

We notice two recurring themes in this end-of-decade list: disaster and hope.  On one angle, we encounter a remembrance of the Great East Japan Earthquake and a symphony about the end of the world.  On the other, we find artists

A Closer Listen’s Best Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz Albums of the Decade

We notice two recurring themes in this end-of-decade list: disaster and hope.  On one angle, we encounter a remembrance of the Great East Japan Earthquake and a symphony about the end of the world.  On the other, we find artists

A Closer Listen’s Best Modern Composition Albums of the Decade

How does one decide between piano and orchestra, between the lugubrious and buoyant?  The modern composition genre offers a wide range of timbres and emotions, and is the only genre we cover that is also recognized by the major music

A Closer Listen’s Best Modern Composition Albums of the Decade

How does one decide between piano and orchestra, between the lugubrious and buoyant?  The modern composition genre offers a wide range of timbres and emotions, and is the only genre we cover that is also recognized by the major music

A Closer Listen’s Best Experimental Albums of the Decade

“Let’s try an experiment, and see if it works!”  By all indications, the experiments of the ten artists on our decade chart were successful.  They tried new things, and found their efforts rewarded.  While we laud the efforts of all

A Closer Listen’s Best Experimental Albums of the Decade

“Let’s try an experiment, and see if it works!”  By all indications, the experiments of the ten artists on our decade chart were successful.  They tried new things, and found their efforts rewarded.  While we laud the efforts of all

ACL 2019 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Our reviewers have an ear for the unique, as evidenced by this list. Every writer voted for a different #1.  But when the votes were counted, one album stood above them all, winning a broad base of support that unified

ACL 2019 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Our reviewers have an ear for the unique, as evidenced by this list. Every writer voted for a different #1.  But when the votes were counted, one album stood above them all, winning a broad base of support that unified

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Experimental

From locked grooves to dueling drummers; from abstract voices to plastic instruments; from stories of slavery to modern African drones, the Experimental category represents creativity at its best.  These artists follow their own paths, abandoning the marked roads, more interested

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Experimental

From locked grooves to dueling drummers; from abstract voices to plastic instruments; from stories of slavery to modern African drones, the Experimental category represents creativity at its best.  These artists follow their own paths, abandoning the marked roads, more interested

Matana Roberts ~ COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis

COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis is essential listening.  It screams the past to the present, echoing Spike Lee’s cry at the end of Do the Right Thing:  “Wake up!”  We still haven’t woken up.  We still haven’t faced the sins of our ancestors,

Matana Roberts ~ COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis

COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis is essential listening.  It screams the past to the present, echoing Spike Lee’s cry at the end of Do the Right Thing:  “Wake up!”  We still haven’t woken up.  We still haven’t faced the sins of our ancestors,