Posts By Stephen M. Deusner

Christ Stapleton: From a Room: Volume 1 / Volume 2

Nashville institution Chris Stapleton followed his 2015 breakthrough with two new albums this year. They showcase his omnivorous approach to country music in all its dignified melancholy.

Wilco: A.M./Being There

Newly reissued and remastered, the group’s first two albums find Jeff Tweedy and his Chicago band transforming themselves from alt-country also-rans into a formidable rock‘n’roll outfit.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Soul of a Woman

On her final, posthumously released album, Jones alternates powerful ballads with the upbeat dance numbers that were staples of her live shows, confirming her stature a contemporary soul-music icon.

Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black

Mavis Staples presents her signature hope on the taut and lively If All I Was Was Black, another collaboration with Jeff Tweedy. But it doesn’t come as naturally as it once did, as she makes clear.

Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black

Mavis Staples presents her signature hope on the taut and lively If All I Was Was Black, another collaboration with Jeff Tweedy. But it doesn’t come as naturally as it once did, as she makes clear.

King Khan: Murderburgers

The once wildly unhinged psych-rock maverick grows into adulthood, though his backing band brings some much-needed weirdness to the proceedings.

Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976

Covering his prime years as Stax Records’ ace in the hole, this four-disc set presents Hayes as a complex, compelling bandleader, producer, and songwriter who reshaped the dimensions of soul.

Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976

Covering his prime years as Stax Records’ ace in the hole, this four-disc set presents Hayes as a complex, compelling bandleader, producer, and songwriter who reshaped the dimensions of soul.