Out of the Box CD of the Week with Paul Shugrue
Paul Kelly Presents the Merri Soul Sessions is a unique recording bringing out the soulful side of Kelly's songs using a variety of singers and musicians.
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World has the band getting art rock down to a science. Its the culmination of all that they do right.
Evermotion is their attempt to experiment, to move beyond college-rock band status and create a more permanent place for their infectious, melodic tunes.
Avonmore reclaims the artists title, master of aloof sophistication with a stylish recreation of the music he made with Roxy Music.
After an eight year absence the Irish singer songwriter returns with an album of songs that play like a personal message to his long lost muse.
The ever experimental artist is at it again bringing in a 92 piece orchestra and a rollicking big band to give himself yet another new musical persona.
Tell Em Im Gone is by the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens and is his first album since being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.
Indian Ocean is a career defining fusion of her own honey sweet vocals, tangy diction and Memphis Soul on this second solo album by the former leader of The Be Good Tanyas.
The Last Bison
VA is the long awaited album from one of Hampton Roads best bands and is full of buoyant, rustic and earnest new songs.
Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone is her statement of independence and a double album set with no filler.
The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man is a party starter of an album with equal parts blues, roots and cajun music, rollicking rhythms and one of the best boogie woogie piano players of all.
Songs of Innocence is the anti-cd of the week since it is only available as a free download at I-tunes. The rock legends overcome the hype with their trademark anthemic sound.
Sukierae is the collaboration between Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and his son Spencer on drums. It is a generous and humble family project and its strength is its familiarity.
lullabye...and the Ceaseless Roar is the album he spurned a Led Zeppelin reunion to record and on it he combines Celtic grace with African rhythms for perhaps his finest solo album.
The Texas blues great passed away in July and "Step Back" is the album he had just completed with a wide array of collaborators who were his biggest fans.
Tied to a Star is the second mostly acoustic solo album in a row from the frontman of Dinosaur Jr. and improves nicely on his last, with more emphasis on his singing and virtuoso acoustic guitar playing.
Too Blessed To Be Stressed is a concept album about feeling good by this Mississippi roots rock singer songwriter and its positivity is infectious.
Their eighth album will undoubtedly be compared with past efforts but taken on its own, They Want My Soul is one of the best rock and roll releases so far this year.
The Voyager is her first solo album in six years and that long dry spell is addressed with songs about recrimination, second guessing and eventually, vindication.
Terms of My Surrender is his 5th album in six years, to say he's on a creative roll is putting it mildly.
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