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R&B 40: 1978

Wire to wire, the Parliament–Funkadelic machine was operating at peak efficiency in 1978. There was “Flash Light” in January, “One Nation Under a Groove” in August, and “Aqua Boogie” in December. A fundamental factor was the presence of multi-instrumentalist Junie Morrison. Formerly of Ohio Players, as heard throughout the ’71-’73 […]

Grammy Award Winners, With AllMusic Reviews

The microphones may not have always worked and Adele may have needed a second take on her George Michael tribute, but regardless of the telecast’s triumphs and shortcomings, here are the winners of this year’s Grammy Awards, with links to all of the pertinent AllMusic reviews. The aforementioned Adele took […]

Album Premiere: The Gitas, ‘Beverly Kills’

​Sitars and rock and roll energy come together on the Gitas’ debut LP, Beverly Kills. The Los Angeles trio pays tribute to Hinduism, Twin Peaks and resistance across its 13 widely-varied tracks. Opener “Manta” brings the aforementioned sitars into the picture, while “Check Out the Violence” deftly captures the raw, […]

Grammy Watch: Album of the Year

Grammy Watch: Album of the Year

​With the Grammys coming up on Sunday, take a look back at our editors’ reviews for each nominee for Album of the Year. Check out the reviews, and then tune in to see who will join Taylor Swift, Beck and Daft Punk in the pantheon of recent Album of the […]

Album Premiere: Jessica Manning, ‘What If I Run’

​Minneapolis-based singer Jessica Manning blends her voice with atmospheric electronic elements on her debut LP, What If I Run. The album’s 10 songs take on an icy R&B edge, with her smooth voice sometimes receiving some digital modifications alongside synthetic instruments (“Stay With Me”), and sometimes shining through untouched, accompanied […]

New Classical Reviews, December 2016

New Classical Reviews, December 2016

Naturally, given the time of year, our reviewers last month sampled some of the 2016 batch of holiday releases. These included a new one from the esteemed King’s Singers, and for those who enjoy brass music, one each from Septura and Alison Balsom. We also did some catching up so […]

The 2016 AllMusic Readers’ Poll

The 2016 AllMusic Readers’ Poll

Our 2016 year-end coverage finally, mercifully and happily ends with the top 10 albums of the year as voted on by the AllMusic readers. Respondents from all around the world made their choices, and we’re excited to share the results. Thanks again for reading and supporting AllMusic in 2016, and […]

Dee Snider Isn’t Done With Us Yet

In 2016, Twisted Sister performed what the band said were its final shows. Without wasting any time, frontman Dee Snider released We Are the Ones, a solo album that embraces his hard rock roots, while also celebrating his affinity for punk rock and sprinkling in some contemporary sounds. Along the […]

Album Premiere: Whissell, ‘Old Souls, Young Bodies’

​Nashville-based alt-pop singer Whissell delivers six edgy and confident songs on her upcoming new EP, Old Souls, Young Bodies. Her lived-in voice blends with the sometimes gritty, sometimes ethereal tracks, created with assists from Nate Campany and Dan Nigro, who have individually written songs for Carly Rae Jepsen, Billy Idol […]

New Classical Reviews

New Classical Reviews

One of the more interesting releases reviewed last month is the first volume of a series aiming to document the more than 300 songs of Paolo Tosti, master of the Neapolitan song. Anyone who enjoys that genre may also enjoy Roberto Alagna’s Malena, which includes Neapolitan and Sicilian songs, both […]