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Expert Witness: We the People

New in Expert Witness:

  • A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic) A+
  • Alicia Keys: Here (RCA) A-
  • Common: Black America Again (Def Jam) **
  • De La Soul: And the Anonymous Nobody (A.O.I.) **
Expert Witness: Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win

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  • Tanya Tagaq: Retribution (Six Shooter) A-
  • Pussy Riot: xxx (Nice Life) A-
  • Mekons: Existentialism (Bloodshot) ***
  • Raury: All We Need (Love Renaissance/Columbia) **
  • PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island) *

Also new:

Expert Witness: Songs of Experience

New in Expert Witness:

  • Elza Soares: The Woman at the End of the World (A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo) (Mais Um Discos) A
  • Peter Stampfel and the Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Fiddle/Mandolin Swarm: Holiday for Strings (Don Giovanni) A-
  • Barbara Dane With Tammy Hall: Throw It Away . . . (Dreadnaught) ***
  • Lonnie Holley: Keeping a Record of It (Dust-to-Digital) ***
  • Willie Nelson: For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price (Legacy) *
Expert Witness: Reinvention, Response, and "Redemption Song"

New in Expert Witness:

  • Regina Spektor: Remember Us to Life (Deluxe Edition) (Sire) A-
  • Macy Gray: Stripped (Chesky) A-
  • The Wainwright Sisters: Songs in the Dark (PIAS America) ***
  • Tanya Tagaq: Animism (Six Shooter) ***
  • Jamila Woods: HEAVN (Closed Sessions) **
  • Neneh Cherry: Blank Project (Smalltown Supersound) *
Expert Witness: A Taste of the Highlife

New in Expert Witness:

  • Pat Thomas: Coming Home (Strut) A-
  • Urgent Jumping!: East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics (Sterns) B+
  • Pat Thomas and Kwabishu Area Band: Pat Thomas and Kwabishu Area Band (Strut) B+
  • Zomba Prison Project: "I Will Not Stop Singing" (Six Degrees) ***
Expert Witness: Self-Esteem as Bollix

New in Expert Witness:

  • Jinx Lennon: Past Pupil Stay Sane (Septic Tiger) A-
  • Jinx Lennon: Magic Bullets of Madness to Uplift the Grief Magnets (Septic Tiger) A-
  • Sleaford Mods: T.C.R. (Rough Trade) ***
  • Kate Tempest: Let Them Eat Chaos (Lex) **
  • L.A. Salami: Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Director's Cut (Pias America) *
Expert Witness: Flyover Drawl

New in Expert Witness:

  • American Honey (UME download) A
  • Travis Scott: Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (Epic) B+
  • Dreezy: No Hard Feelings (Interscope) ***
  • T.I.: Us or Them (T.I./Roc Nation) ***

Also new:

Also, here's a recent interview with Christgau:

Expert Witness: Teasured Transcendence

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  • Youssou N'Dour: Senegaal Rekk (unknown) A
  • 75 Dollar Bill: Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock (Thin Wrist) A-
  • Vieux Kanté: The Young Man's Harp (Sterns) A-
  • 75 Dollar Bill: Wooden Bag (Other Music) ***
  • Bombino: Azel (Nonesuch) **

Also new:

Expert Witness: America on the Tip of the Tongue

New in Expert Witness:

  • Drive-By Truckers: American Band (ATO) A
  • Dogbrain: Blue Dog (dogbrain) B+
  • Watkins Family Hour: Watkins Family Hour (Thirty Tigers) ***
  • The Handsome Family: Unseen (Carrot Top) ***
  • The Haymarket Squares: Light It Up (The Haymarket Squares) **
  • Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) *
Expert Witness: Enjoy, However Bad This Shit Gets

New in Expert Witness:

  • M.I.A.: AIM (Interscope) A
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I've Made (self-released) A-
  • Yoni & Geli: Testarossa (Joyful Noise) B+

Also added to the website: Sandra Newman's novel, The Country of Ice Cream Star (July 2015).

Expert Witness: Frank Ocean's Candidness and the Ambitious Blood Orange

New in Expert Witness:

  • Blood Orange: Freetown (Domino) A-
  • Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe (Domino) B+
  • Frank Ocean: Blond/Blonde (self-released) B+
Expert Witness: 'Prima Donna' and Young Thug's Name Is Actually Jeffery

New in Expert Witness:

  • Vince Staples: Prima Donna (Def Jam) A-
  • Young Thug: Jeffery (300/Atlantic) A-
  • Young Thug: Slime Season 3 (300/Atlantic) **
  • Young Thug: I'm Up (300/Atlantic) **
  • Rae Sremmurd: SremmLife 2 (Eardrum/Interscope) *
Expert Witness: It's Britney, Bitch

New in Expert Witness:

  • Britney Spears: Glory (Deluxe Edition) (RCA) A-
  • Tegan and Sara: Love You to Death (Warner Bros.) A-
  • Bibi Bourelly: Free the Real (Pt. #1) (Circa 13/Def Jam) **
  • Ravyn Lenae: Moon Shoes (Atlantic) (Atlantic) **
  • Empress Of: Me (Terrible) *
  • Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob (Warner Bros.) *
Expert Witness: Ethiopian Jazz and Other Stuff You've Never Heard Of

New in Expert Witness:

  • The Rough Guide to Ethiopian Jazz (World Music Network) A-
  • Joi Sound System: Joi Sound System (RealWorld) B+
  • Khun Narin Electric Phin Band: II (Innovative Leisure) **
  • Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express: Junun (Nonesuch) *
Expert Witness: Exchange Rates and Record Crates

New in Expert Witness:

  • Mestre Cupijó e Seu Ritmo: Siriá (Analog Africa) A-
  • Senegambia Rebel (Voodoo Rebel) A-
  • Sonido Gallo Negro: Sendero Mistico (Glitterbeat) **
  • Son Palenque: Afro-Colombian Sound Modernizers (Vampi Soul) **
Expert Witness: The World Is a Setup

New in Expert Witness:

  • The Paranoid Style: Rolling Disclosure (Bar/None) A-
  • Pylon: Live (Chunklet) B+
  • Pet Shop Boys: Super (Kobalt) **
  • The Dandy Warhols: This Machine (The End) **
  • Garbage: Strange Little Birds (Vagrant) *
  • The Dandy Warhols: Distortland (Dine Alone) *

Robert Christgau and Carola Dibbell will be at the Queens Book Festival on Sunday, August 7, at Kaufman Studios, Astoria (R train to Astoria):

  • Carola will be on a panel at 12 PM called "Expanding the Landscape of Fantasy and YA Imagination" with Daniel Jose Older and Andrew J Peters, moderated by Dominique Taylor -- Panel 2 on the YA stage

  • Bob will be on a panel at 1 PM called "Memoirs and the New York Scene" with graffiti artist Louie "KR.ONE" Gasparro -- Panel 3 at Queens Literary Salon.

By the way, the website has been updated, with all EW reviews up through July 2016 added to the CG database, other recent articles (subject to negotiated timelock delays), and some old stuff that Scott Manzler transcribed and sent in (see What's New. Archival material largely depends on fans doing the digging, so thanks again.

Expert Witness: A Lori McKenna Special

New in Expert Witness:

  • Lori McKenna: The Bird & the Rifle (CN/Thirty Tigers '16) A-
  • Lori McKenna: Lorraine (lorimckenna.com '11) A-
  • Lori McKenna: Massachusetts (Liz Rose Music '13) B+
  • Lori McKenna: Bittertown (Signature Sounds '04) ***
  • Lori McKenna: Numbered Doors (Liz Rose Music '14) **
  • Lori McKenna: Heart Shaped Bullet Hole (self-released '12) *

Also new at BN Review:

Expert Witness: Alt-Country for Punks

New in Expert Witness:

  • Leland Sundries: Music for Outcasts (L'Echiquier) A-
  • Walter Salas-Humara: Explodes and Disappears (Sonic Pyramid) B+
  • Blake Mills: Heigh Ho (Verve) ***
  • The Kropotkins: Portents of Love (Mulatta) ***
  • Corb Lund: Things That Can't Be Undone (New West) **
  • The Two-Gentleman Band: Two at a Time (Bean-Town) **
  • The Rough Guide to Americana (World Music Network) **
  • Blake Mills: Break Mirrors (I) *
  • The Yawpers: American Man (Bloodshot) *
Expert Witness: Vic Mensa, Joey Purp, Clams Casino, and Growing Up

New in Expert Witness:

  • Vic Mensa: There's Alot Going On (self-released) A-
  • Joey Purp: iiiDrops (self-released) A-
  • Vic Mensa: Innanetape (self-released) ***
  • DJ Shadow: The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal) ***
  • Clams Casino: 32 Levels (Columbia) **
Expert Witness: Car Seat Headrest, the Julie Ruin, and Drugs

New in Expert Witness:

  • Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Denial (Matador) A
  • The Julie Ruin: Hit Reset (Hardly Art) A-
  • Tame Impala: Currents (Interscope) **
  • Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Style (Matador) **
  • Big Thief: Masterpiece (Saddle Creek) *

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