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Review of Cera Perdida

Cera Perdida

Frente Cumbiero

Top of the World

Salgaelsol & Biche

Rating: ★★★★

Since their inception a decade ago, Bogotá-based Colombian cumbia pioneers Frente Cumbiero have been a force to be reckoned with....

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of The King of Ramps (The Music of Melvin Wine)

The King of Ramps (The Music of Melvin Wine)

Ben Townsend

Questionable Records

Rating: ★★★

Old-time fiddler and banjo player Ben Townsend pays homage to a revered master of West Virginia fiddling, Melvin Wine, on...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of First Farewell

First Farewell

Peggy Seeger

Top of the World

Red Grape Music

Rating: ★★★★★

This is a remarkable album by a singersongwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist and writer who grows more impressive as the years go...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Fall Like Rain

Fall Like Rain

Justin Moses

Mountain Fever Records

Rating: ★★★★

From the opening title-track, a brilliantly rendered bluegrass cover of Eric Clapton’s song from his 1998 LP Pilgrim, to the...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Anticipation

Anticipation

Cameron Knowler

American Dream Records

Rating: ★★★★

Born out of a tour around Trans-Pecos (west Texas), this first album of instrumental duets by guitarists Knowler and Winter...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of A Pegada Agora é Essa

A Pegada Agora é Essa

Antonio Neves

Far Out Records

Rating: ★★★★

This exciting project from multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Antonio Neves asks a simple question: what’s the sound of Rio today? Rather...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Kagabas

Kagabas

Lion’s Drums

Biologic Records

Rating: ★★

Just when you weren’t waiting for a steaming chiva bus up to the mountains of the Colombian coast, along come...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Long Violent History

Long Violent History

Tyler Childers

Hickman Holler Records

Rating: ★★★★

In September, with no pre-release fanfare, vaunted country/bluegrass singer-songwriter Tyler Childers released his fourth album, Long Violent History, accompanied by...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Maison de Pierres: Confiné Aux Voyages

Maison de Pierres: Confiné Aux Voyages

Nicolas Boulerice

La Compagnie Du Nord

Rating: ★★★

Atmospheric, exploratory and stark, Maison de Pierres is the second release in a trilogy of recordings by Le Vent du...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Raridades

Raridades

Tom Zé

Warner Music Brasil

Rating: ★★★★★

At 83, tropicália's disrupter-in-chief Tom Zé is surely long overdue for the singles, rarities and B-sides treatment. This rarely less...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

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