Wanda Jackson isn’t the first icon of American roots music to get the Jack White treatment. That was Lorretta Lynn, of course, whose White-produced 2004 record, Van Lear Rose, helped re-launch the career of one of country music’s all time greats. Now, the Queen of Rockbilly gets her turn, and judging by “Thunder on the Mountain,” the first single from the soon to be released, The Party Ain’t Over, we may soon witness a similar renaissance of Jackson’s career. In one word, this track scorches. Jack White’s guitar solos – Scorchin’. The Third Man House Band, both the rhythm section and the horn section – Scorchin’. And lest we forget Jackson, it is her album, after all — She manages a hoot here and a holler there, while scootin’ through this old Dylan tune with more vigor than any 63 year-old woman I know. Yes, she delivers a scorchin’ performance, too.
- April 2, 2015
Death Grips' double album, The Powers That B, features both the best and worst of these Sacramento noise-rap agitators. On the first album, subtitled, Niggas on the Moon, we get principals MC Ride and Zach Hill indulging their worst impulses. I'll be damned if there's a song here, but there's a lot of busted up beats and slobbering spit takes from MC Ride. Believe it or not, Icelandic national treasure, Bjork is on here, too. Unfortunately, her vocals and pitched, cut up and wrecked to the point where she's no more than another source of irritation, perhaps the primary irritation. Read More
- March 26, 2015
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