ost 180° SOUTH CD
*** The main men from MODEST MOUSE and THE SHINS score a film that "retraces Yvon Chouinard's and Doug Tompkins' epic 1968 journey to Patagonia through the eyes of adventurer Jeff Johnson." Solar-lovin' jerk, JACK JOHNSON, also appears.
LAURIE ANDERSON Homeland CD+DVD
*** "Some of Anderson's most incisive work -- darkly humorous, starkly emotional & at times movingly tender; a distilled, up-to-the-minute portrait of our agitated nation, its politics, its economics, its delusions and its dreams, stripped down to a handful of players, centered around Anderson's haunting violin and voice."
DEVO Something For Everybody CD
*** "More than three decades after the release of its visionary debut, Devo is back with a long rumored, wildly anticipated album built on Devo's signature mechanized swing."
SARAH MCLACHLAN Laws Of Illusion CD
*** This is Sarah’s first studio album of new material in seven years, since the double–platinum Afterglow in 2003, and its twelve songs rank with the most compelling work ever created by this gifted artist.
PERNICE BROTHERS Goodbye, Killer CD
*** "10 Pernice originals: including full-on rock 'n rollers, signature pop songs, Scuds-esque tunes, and two AM radio would-be classics. Goodbye, Killer is a versatile album thats trademark Pernice."
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS Mojo CD
*** "'MOJO' has juice and guts but it also has some sweet balladry for the slow dancers and even a wacked-out reggae number that is unlike anything. It's the kind of album nobody's supposed to be able to make anymore. It got here just in time."
ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND We Walk This Road CD
*** "Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, 'We Walk This Road' draws from archival blues and rock to field recordings and gospel."
THE ROOTS How I Got Over CD
*** "The Roots release their 9th studio album, taking its name from Clara Ward's gospel classic and 'depicting the everyman's search for hope in this dispiriting post-hope zeitgeist'." Feat. JOANNA NEWSOM(!).
SIA We Are Born CD
*** "A deliriously happy burst of good times and a call to the dance floor wherever you are. Also, haunting signature Sia ballads."
STARS The Five Ghosts CD
*** "Simpler, sparer, and more confident (in its own quiet way), Stars trade some of the band's previous dramatic flourish for the sort of direct, heart-bearing communication that comes from hard-won experience."
SUZANNE VEGA Close Up Vol. 1: Love Songs CD
*** "Suzanne Vega is reinterpreting a majority of her catalog in an intimate and personal manner, creating four new thematic albums that will be released over the next two years."