'Widdershins' is an arcane word meaning counterclockwise or against the sun's course. It's considered unlucky. Grant-Lee Phillips revives it to question our path in turbulent times. Although in his own career he has made unexpected lurches from country to 80s covers, this ninth album since he parked the Grant-Lee Buffalo band name sees a return to what he's best at: emotional rock songs that marry grandeur and raw punch. Working again as a trio (with...Read more
Like his friend, compatriot and occasional collaborator Tami Neilson, New Zealand troubadour Williams is a shape-shifting musical chameleon. On previous recordings, he has traversed blues, bluegrass, country, folk and rock terrain with authority, but this eclecticism may have been a career hindrance. This release, however, is far more focused, comprised of songs written in the aftermath of a relationship's end. Within this theme, Williams explores...Read more
Superchunk didn't feel like a band built to last — their brand of buzzy, lo-fi indie rock sounded like the work of young players barely holding it together, a large part of its appeal. Yet as Mac McCaughan, Laura Ballance, Jim Wilbur and Jon Wurster matured, so did their music. And since their post-oughts re-emergence, they've gotten increasingly better at balancing these two sides of their musical personality. No record in their catalogue performs...Read more
In interviews since Meg Remy's last album as U S Girls, 2015's Half Free, she indicated that her next batch of songs would be more direct, less polite. "The lyrics are getting, I think, way more violent," she told ChartAttack in 2016. "I'm dissecting violence a lot more because it's something I don't relate with, and yet it's everywhere." That's immediately evident on In a Poem Unlimited; the record begins with "Velvet 4 Sale," a breathy percussion-propelled...Read more
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