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Expert Witness: Jason Isbell, Steve Earle, and a Flood of New Country

New in Expert Witness:

  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound (Southeastern) A
  • Steve Earle: So You Wannabe an Outlaw (Warner Bros.) A-
  • North Mississippi Allstars: Prayer for Peace (Songs of the South) ***
  • Rodney Crowell: Close Ties (New West) ***
  • Gurf Morlix: The Soul and the Heal (Rootball) **
  • Colvin & Earle: Colvin & Earle (Fantasy) **
  • Willie Nelson: God's Problem Child (Legacy) *

Also new by Christgau:

Expert Witness: Thoughts on a Fucked Up Genius: Chuck Berry

New in Expert Witness:

  • Chuck Berry: Chuck (Dualtone) A-
  • Chuck Berry: The Definitive Collection (Geffen/Chess) A+
  • Low Cut Connie: Dirty Pictures (Part 1) (Contender) ***
  • Arkells: Morning Report (Last Gang) **
  • Todd Snider: Eastside Bulldog (Aimless/Thirty Tigers) *

The new book, Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop From Elvis to Jay Z, edited by Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar, includes essays by:

  • Robert Christgau: Prince
  • Carola Dibbell: The Slits Go Native
Expert Witness: Cloud Nothings, The xx, and Japandroids

New in Expert Witness:

  • Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound (Carpark) A-
  • The xx: I See You (Young Turks) B+
  • Japandroids: Near to the Wild Heart of Life (Anti-) ***
  • Pinegrove: Cardinal (Run for Cover) **
  • Los Campesinos!: Sick Scenes (Wichita Recordings) *
Expert Witness: Wave of American Epics

New in Expert Witness:

  • American Epic: The Soundtrack (Legacy) A
  • The Rough Guide to Jug Band Blues (World Music Network) A
  • Mahalia Jackson: Moving On Up a Little Higher (Spirit Feel) B+
  • The Rough Guide to Gospel Blues (World Music Network) *
Expert Witness: Thrill-Chasing Daddy Issues and Punky Minimalists Girlpool

New in Expert Witness:

  • Daddy Issues: Can We Still Hang (Infinity Cat) A-
  • Daddy Issues: Deep Dream (Infinity Cat) A-
  • Girlpool: Powerplant (Anti-) B+
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff: Navigator (ATO) ***
  • Diet Cig: Swear I'm Good at This (Frenchkiss) **
  • I Am the Polish Army: My Old Man (self-released) *
Expert Witness: Movement and Polyrhythm in Africa

New in Expert Witness:

  • Les Amazones d'Afrique: République Amazone (RealWorld) A-
  • Oumou Sangaré: Mogoya (No Format) B+
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers (self-released) ***
  • Ibibio Sound Machine: Uyai (Merge) **

Also new:

Expert Witness: Rap's Early 2017 Victory

New in Expert Witness:

  • Kendrick Lamar: Damn. (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) A-
  • Migos: Culture (QC/YRN/300) A-
  • Migos: Y.R.N. 2 (Young Rich Niggas 2) (self-released) ***
  • Future: Hendrxx (Epic) **
  • Future: Future (Epic) *

Also new:

There's also an interview with Christgau at Sp!ked Review.

Expert Witness: Brad Paisley Is Anti-War, Anti-Hater, and at His Best

New in Expert Witness:

  • Brad Paisley: Love and War (Arista) A
  • Angaleena Presley: Wrangled (Mining Light) A-
  • Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Sidelong (Bloodshot) B+
Expert Witness: Ice T Spits Civil War, Matt North Sings Nashville, and Everyone Else Plays Chuck Berry

New in Expert Witness:

  • Body Count: Bloodlust (Century Media) A-
  • Matt North: Above Ground Fools (MattNorth.net) A-
  • Rock and Roll Music: The Songs of Chuck Berry (Ace) A-
  • Zeal & Ardor: Devil Is Fine (MVKA Music) A-
Expert Witness: American Teens, American Dreams

New in Expert Witness:

  • Khalid: American Teen (RCA) A
  • Kevin Abstract: American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story (Brockhampton) A-
  • Sampha: Process (Young Turks) **
  • Kingdom: Tears in the Club (Fade to Mind) *
Expert Witness: The New Pornographers Soar and Conor Oberst Grows Up

New in Expert Witness:

  • The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions (Collected Works/Concord) A
  • Conor Oberst: Salutations (Nonesuch) A-
  • The Shins: Heartworms (Columbia) ***
  • Spoon: Hot Thoughts (Matador) ***
  • The Old 97's: Graveyard Whistling (ATO) **
Expert Witness: The Western Sahara Isn't Big Enough

New in Expert Witness:

  • Mariem Hassan: La Voz Indómita (Nubenegra) A-
  • Orchestra Baobab: Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (Nonesuch) A-
  • Mariem Hassan & Vadiya Mint El Hanevi: Balla Sahara Balla (Nubenegra) B+
  • Tinariwen: Elwan (Anti-) **
  • Tamikrest: Kidal (Glitterbeat) **
Expert Witness: Stephin Merritt's Exceptional Life and Janet Weiss's Genius

New in Expert Witness:

  • The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (Nonesuch) A-
  • Craig Finn: We All Want the Same Things (Partisan) B+
  • Sleater-Kinney: Live in Paris (Sub Pop) B+

Also new by Robert Christgau:

Expert Witness: Punk Miracles

New in Expert Witness:

  • The Goon Sax: Up for Anything (Chapter Music) A-
  • Thurst: Cut to the Chafe (self-released) B+
  • Frontier Ruckus: Enter the Kingdom (Sitcom Universe) ***
  • Let's Eat Grandma: I, Gemini (PIAS America) ***
  • Stef Chura: Messes (Urinal Cake) **
  • Priests: Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon) **
  • Lithics: Borrowed Floors (Water Wing) *
  • Vagabon: Infinite Worlds (Father/Daughter) *

Also new by Robert Christgau:

Expert Witness: Love, Trophies, and Texas

New in Expert Witness:

  • Sunny Sweeney: Trophy (Thirty Tigers) A-
  • Becky Warren: War Surplus (self-released) A-
  • Whitney Rose: South Texas Suite (Six Shooter/Thirty Tigers) A-
Expert Witness: On Syd's Depth and Resonance

New in Expert Witness:

  • Nnamdi Ogbonnaya: DROOL (Father/Daughter/Sooper) A-
  • Syd: Fin (Epic) A-
  • NxWorries: Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge: Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw) ***
  • John Legend: Darkness and Light (Columbia) **
Expert Witness: Gypsy Horns and Erotic Lullabies

New in Expert Witness:

  • Tom Zé: Cancoes Eroticas Para Ninar (Irara) A-
  • Fanfare Ciocarlia: 20 (Asphalt Tango) A-
  • The Klezmatics: Apikorsim/Heretics (World Village) B+
Expert Witness: An Incorrigibly Courteous Liar's Last Act

New in Expert Witness:

  • Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker (Columbia) A-
  • Jens Lekman: Oh You're So Silent Jens (Secretly Canadian '05) A-
  • Jens Lekman: When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog (Secretly Canadian '04) B+
  • Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now (Secretly Canadian) A
  • Allison Crutchfield: Tourist in This Town (Merge) **
  • Angel Olsen: My Woman (Jagjaguwar) *
Expert Witness: Danny Brown Times Three

New in Expert Witness:

  • Ab-Soul: Do What Thou Wilt (Top Dawg Entertainment) A-
  • Danny Brown: XXX (Fool's Gold '11) A-
  • Danny Brown: Old (Fool's Gold '13) A-
  • Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition (Warp) B+
  • Danny Brown: The Hybrid (Deluxe Edition) (Hybric Music '11) ***
  • Ab-Soul: These Days (Top Dawg Entertainment '14) *
Expert Witness: Up, Down, and All Over the Place

New in Expert Witness:

  • Injury Reserve: Floss (Las Fuegas) A-
  • The Hamilton Mixtape (Atlantic) A-
  • Injury Reserve: Live From the Dentist Office (Las Fuegas) B+
  • Atmosphere: Fishing Blues (Rhymesayers) ***
  • Noname: Telefone (self-released) ***
  • Ka: Honor Killed the Samurai (Iron Works) **
  • J. Cole: For Your Eyez Only (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) *
  • Kool A.D.: Official (self-released) *
  • Battle Hymns (quasiband.com) A-

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