The frontwoman for this soul revue has a killer set of pipes. Great backup singers and strong beats give Price's sound a feel like a 21st century Aretha Franklin. Hot!
* Grupo Fantasma - Sonidos Gold (Latin)
The original spirit of salsa -- huge horns, lots of percussion, and a deep groove that the players stretch out in. Music with a funky edge that defies you to sit still.
Amos Hoffman - Evolution (world)
Mavrothi T. Kontanis - Sto Kafaseli Sokaki (world)
This week I've come across not one, but two great albums featuring the Middle Eastern lute instrument called the oud. It's got a more percussive, haunting sound that enhances a variety of folk music. Hoffman is Israeli, and his expressive, minor-key runs are supported by flute and tambourine, bringing together virtuosity and a heritage sound. Kontanis's arrangements of Greek-inspired tunes are supported with more spare arrangements, but are equally illuminating.
King Khan and the Shrines - The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines (rock)
A dose of Indian kitsch adds a crazy twist to a classic garage rock sound. Shouted lyrics, fuzzy guitars, saxophone, and occasionally spooky organ keep the power chords coming. Barely on the sane side of Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
In the blog this week: Coldplay, Judas Priest, The Briggs, The Mannish Boys, Dan Tyminski
This list will give you a sense of where I'm coming from:
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows (rock) 2. Herbie Hancock - River: The Joni Letters (jazz) 3. Galactic - From the Corner to the Block (rap) 4. Chaka Khan - Funk This (R&B) 5. I'm Not There: Original Soundtrack - (folk) 6. The Silk Road Ensemble - New Impossibilities (classical) 7. Make Farris - Salvation in Lights (gospel) 8. Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Ten Days Out (blues) 9. M.I.A. - Kala (world) 10. Steve Earle - Washington Square Serenade (country)