Posts By Stephen M. Deusner

T. Hardy Morris: Dude, the Obscure

The former Dead Confederate frontman surveys his tangled personal history and uncertain future on a Southern glam rock album that is the highlight of a frustrating career.

Chris Crofton: Hello It’s Me

The comedian, actor, musician, and professional personality recounts a miserable breakup with disarming sincerity and grim humor on a solo debut steeped in rock history.

Simon & Garfunkel/Dave Grusin: The Graduate (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Featuring Simon & Garfunkel’s studious folk and the easy listening of Dave Grusin, a new vinyl reissue attests that what makes a fascinating artifact does not always make for an especially good listen.

Ashley Monroe: Sparrow

The Nashville singer-songwriter looks backwards to move forward on an album that filters contemporary desires and sorrows through the timeless vernacular of country.

Anna & Elizabeth: The Invisible Comes to Us

These folklorists and singers take an audacious step forward on album three, subtly pushing at what folk music sounds like and what it can do.

Lindi Ortega: Liberty

On her seventh LP, the Canadian country singer spins a wild, Spaghetti Western-style yarn about heartbreak, revenge, and redemption.

Tom Waits: Closing Time/The Heart of Saturday Night/Nighthawks at the Diner/Small Change/Foreign Affairs/Blue Valentine/Heartattack and Vine

These first seven albums constitute the first act of Waits’ remarkable career, even as these reissues complicate that journey from assembly-line singer-songwriter to eclectic iconoclast.

Tom Waits: The Asylum Era

These first seven albums constitute the first act of Waits’ remarkable career, even as these reissues complicate that journey from assembly-line singer-songwriter to eclectic iconoclast.