The Malta Independent 27 July 2017, Thursday

Music

Rascal Flatts look to young songwriters for big hits

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 12:56 Last update: about 22 days ago

Early on in their career, the country group Rascal Flatts often dealt with critics of their pop-country sound and being labeled a country music boy band. Bassist and producer Jay DeMarcus noted that...

Rogue + Jaye debut 'Pent Up' is graceful, expressive

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 12:56 Last update: about 22 days ago

Zach Rogue and Courtney Jaye express themselves just fine on their debut, sprinkling "Pent Up" with a little indie dust over a graceful mix of pop, country and folk. Rogue has released a handful...

Rub-a-dub-dub and much more from Imelda May

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 12:54 Last update: about 22 days ago

Imelda May's marriage of 18 years recently ended, and "Life, Love, Flesh, Blood" finds her on the romantic rebound. As May gets back into the game, she makes even the words "rub-a-dub-dub" sound...

Steve Earle revisits his roots in all the best ways

Friday, 30 June 2017, 16:24 Last update: about 30 days ago

Steve Earle bills his new album as the philosophical heir to "Guitar Town," and the DNA connecting it to that landmark 1986 record can't be missed. Texas-born and Nashville-raised, at least musically,...

The Steel Woods honor southern rock tradition

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 16:23 Last update: about 30 days ago

Fame Studios producer Rick Hall maintains that southern rock was born the day Duane Allman goaded Wilson Pickett into covering the Beatles' "Hey Jude." Allman proceeded to tear down Hall's Muscle...

New Cheap Trick album may be their best in 35 years

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 16:22 Last update: about 30 days ago

Cheap Trick is way better than all right on "We're All Alright!" - which may be their best in 35 years. With the album title taken from the ending chant on their signature song "Surrender," Cheap...

Glen Campbell takes a goodbye turn on 'Adios'

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 16:21 Last update: about 30 days ago

There's no way to hear Glen Campbell's farewell album, "Adios," except through the prism of his rapid descent into Alzheimer's. It's syrupy, laced with over-the-top emotion and full of can't-miss...

Charlatans melodic, nostalgic on 'Different Days'

Monday, 26 June 2017, 16:20 Last update: about 30 days ago

There are two parts to The Charlatans' 13th album, "Different Days" - the first with sunny melodies and the other which samples their roots in Manchester's baggy dance scene. Opener "Hey Sunrise"...

What do you mean? Phoenix's insane lyrics mar return

Friday, 23 June 2017, 16:59 Last update: about 2 months ago

There's a point while listening to the new Phoenix album - and everyone will have a different point - when you're bopping along to a perfectly fine wave of synth and you have to stop to ask, "What did...

'It Comes at Night,' a brisk psychological thriller

Friday, 23 June 2017, 16:04 Last update: about 2 months ago

"It Comes at Night " has the title of a horror film and, at times, the mood of one, but it is far too restrained to get the juices of the genre crowd going. That's not an accident or a...

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