Robbie Robertson – Sinematic

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Robbie Robertson – Sinematic

Despite a prolific solo career spanning three+ decades, Robbie Robertson admittedly hasn’t penned too many songs about his own life. His first album in five years, Sinematic still has the spectral electronic pulse that’s become the post-Band Robertson trademark sound he first began developing with Daniel Lanois on 1987’s eponymously titled solo debut. And it could very well be the best of Robertson’s solo discography, rife with elements heard on previous LPs like Storyville, Contact From The Underworld Of Redboy and How To Become Clairvoyant. But this effort is bolder, stronger and more personal than ever.

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The Claypool Lennon Delirium – South of Reality

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South of Reality, out now via ATO records, is a surrealistic intersection of psychedelia and prog rock fused with radiant aural interludes, and throwing down chunks of funk for good measure. The follow-up to 2016’s Monolith of Phobos, the sophomore release from Les Claypool and Sean Lennon showcases brilliantly contrasting flavor palettes that will leave the listener putting this masterpiece on auto-loop.

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Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch

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After a lengthy delay and considerable controversy among the fanbase notably, an “Album vs. EP” debate somewhat overshadowing its release Nine Inch Nails reaches the endpoint of their trilogy, which began with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and continuing in 2017 with Add Violence. Bad Witch leans stylistically more toward the former’s dissonance than the latter’s gloom shtick.
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David Byrne – American Utopia

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Always earnest, David Byrne wants you to know that the title of his forthcoming release, American Utopia, is unironic and the songs contained therein touch upon possibilities, feelings of discontent and desire. Byrne’s usual brand of arcane storytelling coupled with sonically robust instrumentation is found throughout.

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Primus – The Desaturating Seven

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Back with their first original album since 2011’s Green Naugahyde, as well as the return of drummer Tim Alexander, Primus released The Desaturating Seven last September. The LP draws its inspiration from the beautifully bizarre 1978 children’s book The Rainbow Goblins; a book that could have been easily transformed into an old-school Disney classic.

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Roger Waters – Is This The Life We Really Want?

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Has it really been 25 years since Amused To Death, the last Roger Waters solo release (not counting his 2005 opera Ça Ira)?

When considering the sum total of a half century’s output, Waters doesn’t owe you a thing. His integrity coupled with renowned hardheadedness likely wouldn’t have allowed for a full-scale Floyd reunion beyond 2005’s one-off Live Aid appearance; conversely a lesser artist (or bandmate) may have opted to wring the udders dry for one final monster arena tour payday.  Read More