The Malta Independent 27 April 2017, Thursday

Music

Even 'Middle of the Road' a blast with Eric Gales

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 16:51 Last update: about 9 days ago

There's nothing bland about "Middle of the Road," former teenage prodigy Eric Gales' 15th studio album ripe with funky blues-rock and blazing guitars. Lyrically rooted in Gales' sobering up, the...

Adult. make dance music for nervous breakdowns

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 16:49 Last update: about 9 days ago

Adult., "Detroit House Guests" (Mute Records) Adult. - the husband-and-wife team of Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller - have gained a level of reverence among the notoriously fickle fans within...

The Mavericks ' new CD is a spinning wheel of styles

Friday, 14 April 2017, 16:10 Last update: about 16 days ago

The Mavericks' "Brand New Day" is skillfully paced for the dancefloor, straddling the southern American borders and shores with a spinning wheel of styles and rhythms. Led by rhapsodic vocalist...

Plenty of clever twists from Peter Mulvey

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 16:09 Last update: about 16 days ago

Peter Mulvey is fond of alternate guitar tunings, and alternate sequencing. On his 17th and latest album, "The Last Song" is the third of 12 songs. "Song After the Last Song" comes eight songs later,...

In full seduction mode, Jose James takes a step back

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 16:08 Last update: about 16 days ago

After a few thrilling years of experimentation with R&B, hip-hop, electronica, neo-soul, indie rock and jazz, Jose James re-emerges this month in a quiet, more personal place. You might even call...

Seela sings of spiritual faith and doubt

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 16:10 Last update: about 16 days ago

Here's a lyric from Seela Misra that some metal band would be wise to steal: "You've got the devil cold-cocked in the mouth." Seela sings of spiritual faith and doubt on "Track You Down" and does...

Aimee Mann offers delicate takes on 'Mental Illness'

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 16:06 Last update: about 16 days ago

Aimee Mann plays to an illusory type on "Mental Illness," a serene album of delicate, mournful songs with characters walking off cliffs, stuck in holes and escaping to amusement parks. Aiming to...

The Shins harness 'Heartworms' on playful 5th album

Sunday, 9 April 2017, 16:17 Last update: about 22 days ago

James Mercer takes the helm on "Heartworms," producing The Shins' fifth album and shaping the band's style and identity as much as ever. Mercer creates a diverse set of tunes which remain...

Laura Marling takes a giant step on 'Semper Femina'

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 16:16 Last update: about 22 days ago

Laura Marling takes a giant step on "Semper Femina," nine exceptional songs of vulnerability, bursting with femininity and passion. Skillfully produced with great sympathy by Blake Mills (Alabama...

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