Posts By Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Jack White: Live at Third Man Records ||| Nashville & Cass Corridor

Released through Third Man’s record club, Jack White’s 3xLP live set takes some of his knotty, obtuse songs from this year’s Boarding House Reach and lets them breathe on stage.

Johnny Marr: Call the Comet

The former Smiths guitarist absorbs the political shocks of 2016 on a characteristically polished album that imagines life in an alternate universe that values kindness, curiosity, and intelligence.

Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco: You’re Driving Me Crazy

On his third album in seven months, Morrison teams up with jazz musician Joey DeFrancesco for a collection of originals and standards that captures the joy of making music.

Neil Young & Promise of the Real: Paradox (Original Music From the Film)

The soundtrack to this largely incoherent film achieves a shaky sense of grace thanks to the dusty music from Neil Young and his backing band, Promise of the Real.

Album Review: Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac

Though far from their debut, the band’s 1975 self-titled album felt like a debut: a pop-rock statement and the unexpected intersection of two parallel spheres that offered something genuinely new.

“Weird Al” Yankovic: Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic

The 15-disc box set of puns and polka is a monument to pop music’s once symbiotic relationship with parody—a linkage that has dissolved in the wake of the monoculture’s demise.

The Jam: In the City / The Polydor Demos: February 1977 / This Is the Modern World / Live 1977 + John Peel Sessions

Their career was just beginning, but the Jam were already the hardest-working band in U.K. punk. A new box set revisits their breakthrough year.

The Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request

Reissued for its 50th anniversary, *Satanic Majesties* remains a singular entry in the Stones’ catalog. It is the strange result of a bizarre set of personal, professional, and cultural circumstances.