25 Greatest Albums of 2017

Critics and music-lovers tend to look back on the year in review and profess that it was a great year regardless of how much good music was actually released. It’s an annoying trend, but it’s also because if you know where to look, good music is always waiting to be discovered. There was something for…

Killing America (and making a profit)

I hate Country music. It isn’t a blanket hatred; I enjoy some of the more progressive voices in Country (mostly from years past). Lucinda Williams and, more recently, Jamey Johnson come to mind as some of my favorites. But for the most part, not only do twanging guitars and drawling vocals about beer, trucks, and…

Add Violence – Nine Inch Nails (2017)

***1/2 Trent Reznor’s latest 5-track EP starts out strong in a new direction before resetting and heading down the same beaten path of chaotic synth crunchiness that he’s walked since the ’90s. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s hard to fault one of the greatest artists of all time for sticking to his guns.…

Live From Paris – Sleater-Kinney (2017)

*** I’ve always heard a lot about Sleater-Kinney. From everything I had read about them, I expected to hear an ass-ripping record from an apparently very successful overseas concert that would make me a lifelong fan after years of hype, similarly to what I experienced with The Ramones and their Live Musikladen record that came…

Burnes Turns: April 9-27, 2017

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, I listened through several Bruce Springsteen albums and by proxy revisited a significant swath of the greatest music ever recorded. But just as I was planning on publishing an entire list of Springsteen’s best, we received another life-altering sermon from none other than Father Kendrick Lamar.…

Abbey Road – The Beatles (1969)

**** Arguably The Beatles’ most prolific (and one of their most beloved) albums, Abbey Road is an enjoyable collection from a veteran band of hitmakers reaching one last peak before heading separate ways. Rather than phoning it in, though, The Fab Four delivered an excellent set filled with hits, trippy ballads, and sunny harmonies without…