Fresh Air Reviews
Mar 6, 2014 — To hear G I R L, you'd think Pharrell's world consisted of grooving on catchy beats and flirting with women. It's a lightweight image that draws gravitas from his prolific work ethic.
Mar 3, 2014 — Mead hooks the listener, eager to show us the bleak side of what seemed like a bright scenario. That's the way he operates during much of Free State Serenade.
Feb 25, 2014 — Eric Dolphy's creativity was exploding early in 1964, and he was finding more players who could keep up. Out to Lunch is free and focused, dissonant and catchy, wide open and swinging all at once.
Feb 24, 2014 — Daughter of Everything is a superb pop album with one foot in the past and another in the future.
Feb 12, 2014 — The band prides itself on technique over originality, but is nonetheless passionate about its craft.
Feb 11, 2014 — There's something tender and specific about the ways elders like Frank Wess shaped their notes.
Feb 10, 2014 — Church uses the power he's accrued from hit records to make exactly the kind of album he wants.
Feb 6, 2014 — Penny Penny put down his broom and picked up a mic for his 1994 debut, now reissued.
Jan 31, 2014 — On Sixteen Sunsets, the soprano saxophonist varies and honors melody like Billie Holiday.
Jan 29, 2014 — Both Jon Pardi and Jason Eady have to confront the dilemma of all young country musicians: how to navigate the pop current that keeps country music commercially viable while connecting to a past that fewer and fewer listeners are aware of.