a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
! Susan Tedeschi – Back to the River (blues)
Susan Tedeschi owns what is arguably the best blues voice to be found anywhere. The album is a sometimes funky set of blues-rock and soul that showcases her vocal pyrotechnics. If you’ve never heard of Tedeschi, you need to listen to this immediately.
Listen to Susan Tedeschi “Talking About”
* Dozan – Introducing Dozan (World)
A small ensemble of strings and voices that presents the beautiful sound of Jordanian music. Choral harmonies deliver expressive, heart-tugging songs over a background of oud and hand drums.
Listen to Dozan “Ya Jarati”
Bloc Party – Intimacy (rock)
A rhythm-heavy ball of static electricity. Layers of samples capped with frenetic vocals. Nine Inch Nails fans will feel at home with this one.
Listen to Bloc Party “Ares”
Black Milk – Tronic (rap)
Black Milk creates a powerful, fresh soundscape for his rhymes. Seriously heavy backbeats with accents of trumpet, organ, and outer space electronics. Lyrics never stray far from creative self-promotion.
Listen to Black Milk’s “Give the Drummer Sum”
Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns (country)
Rock backdrops support subtle songcraft. A basic lineup of guitar-bass-drums-and-sometimes-piano is doused in reverb, with an understated vocal finesse that sets it apart from other bands in this style. Snow Patrol is radio-ready, but likely to wear better than the majority of what’s getting airplay these days.
Listen to Snow Patrol “Take Back the City”
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* highly recommended
! highest recommendation