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Royal Blood: How Did We Get So Dark?

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Royal Blood: How Did We Get So Dark?Royal Blood
How Did We Get So Dark?
(Warner Bros.)

Royal Blood: How Did We Get So Dark?

British rockers Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of the band Royal Blood are back with their second album, How Did We Get So Dark? a somewhat ironic title, seeing as their first self-titled album was pretty dark to begin with. Their new effort is just as strong, with plenty of interesting guitar work and tempo changes that remind me of everything that’s good about Jack White’s band The Raconteurs. Plenty of jilted lover anthems are scattered throughout the album, not the least of which being “Lights Out” (“You’re not so ...

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Dan Auerbach: Waiting On A Song

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Dan Auerbach: Waiting On A SongDan Auerbach
Waiting On A Song
(Easy Eye Sound)

Dan Auerbach: Waiting On A Song

The Black Keys front man, Dan Auerbach is back with his second solo release in eight years, Waiting On A Song. It’s billed as his love letter to Nashville where he now resides, and the album certainly plays that way. With more resources and plenty of high profile help from John Prine, Duane Eddy, Bobby Wood, and others, Auerbach hits a home run with this album. It’s a departure from the grit so prevalent on Black Keys albums, making it fresh, fun, and a pleasant surprise for fans of the band. ...

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Robin Trower: Time and Emotion

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Robin Trower: Time and EmotionRobin Trower
Time and Emotion
(V-12 RECORDS)

Robin Trower: Time and Emotion

Legendary blues and rock guitarist Robin Trower is back with another studio release, Time and Emotion. For some musicians advancing in age, it is enough to offer a victory lap of sorts, playing their classics to loyal fans at various venues throughout the country. Having recently seen him in concert, such is not true with Trower, who offered cuts from the new album mixed in with his signature songs such as “Bridge of Sighs” and “Too Rolling Stoned.” As for the new album, he delivers great performances with his signature guitar playing ...

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Tedeschi Trucks Band: Live From the Fox Oakland

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Tedeschi Trucks Band: Live From the Fox OaklandTedeschi Trucks Band
Live From the Fox Oakland
(Fantasy Records)

Tedeschi Trucks Band: Live From the Fox Oakland

Tedeschi Trucks Band shows off their skills with their second live album Live From the Fox Oakland. Having seen them three times in the past few years, I’ve already been enlightened as to what they can do. If seeing them live is not a possibility, thankfully this release is the next best thing. The musical partnership continues between husband and wife Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks along with their twelve-piece band, all contributing equally as one big happy family. The album starts off nicely with “Don’t Know What It ...

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Aimee Mann: Mental Illness

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Aimee Mann: Mental IllnessAimee Mann
Mental Illness
(SuperEgo Records)

Aimee Mann: Mental Illness

Aimee Mann returns with her 9th solo album, Mental Illness, a collection of low-key songs chock-full of her lyric writing mastery. The songs capture the low points of a group of people (with her wandering in and out as the subject as well) struggling with the various challenges of life. The tone is set almost immediately with “Goose Snow Cone.” “Gotta keep it together when your friends come by” she offers as a reminder to all of us who struggle with the masks we put on when things aren’t quite right with ...

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