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Expert Witness: The Star-Studded, Kendrick-Helmed 'Black Panther' OST

New in Expert Witness:

  • Black Panther: The Album (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) A
  • Rapsody: Laila's Wisdom (Roc Nation) A-
  • Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway (Nonesuch) ***
  • Talib Kweli: Radio Silence (3D) **
  • Rapsody: Beauty and the Beast (Jamla/Culture Over Everything) **
  • Rapsody: The Idea of Beautiful (Jamla/Culture Over Everything) *
Expert Witness: Fever Ray's 'Plunge' Into the Beyond

New in Expert Witness:

  • Fever Ray: Plunge (Mute) A-
  • Shopping: The Official Body (Fat Cat) A-
  • Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet: Landfall (Nonesuch) ***
  • Kissey: Unplug the Delusional Monkey (Fool's Gold) *
Expert Witness: A Senegalese Icon's Undimmed Greatness

New in Expert Witness:

  • Youssou N'Dour: Raxas Bercy 2017 (self-released) A-
  • Tal National: Tantabara (Fat Cat) A-
  • Youssou N'Dour: Seeni Valeurs (Jive/Epic) B+
  • Les Filles de Illighadad: Eghass Malan (Sahelsounds) ***
  • Songhoy Blues: Resistance (Fat Possum) **
  • Amadour & Mariam: La Confusion (Because) *
Expert Witness: Rich Krueger's Wince-Inducing Brilliance

New in Expert Witness:

  • Rich Krueger: Life Ain't That Long (Rockink) A
  • Modern Mal: The Misanthrope Family Album (Mal) B+
  • Scott Miller: Ladies Auxiliary (F.A.Y.) **
  • Case Garrett: Aurora (Suitcase) **
  • Jason Eady: Jason Eady (Old Guitar) *
Expert Witness: A Brilliant Beefheart Trip and Some Early Stones Standouts

New in Expert Witness:

  • Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas: The World of Captain Beefheart (KFR) A-
  • The Rolling Stones: On Air (Deluxe Edition) (Polydor/BBC) A-
  • Van Morrison: Versatile (Exile/Legacy) ***
  • Peter Stampfel and the Atomic Meta Pagans: The Cambrian Explosion (Don Giovanni) ***
  • Frank Zappa: Zappatite: Frank Zappa's Tastiest Tracks (Zappa) **
Expert Witness: On Mount Eerie's 'A Crow Looked at Me,' a Brutal Listen

New in Expert Witness:

  • Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me (P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.) A
  • Mary Gauthier: Rifles and Rosary Beads (In the Black) A-

Also did a major update to the website last week, including:

Expert Witness: Joey Bada$$'s Timely Consciousness

New in Expert Witness:

  • Joey Bada$$: All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ (Pro Era/Cinematic Music Group) A-
  • Playboi Carti: Playboy Carti (AWGE/Interscope) A-
  • Big K.R.I.T.: 4eva Is a Long Time (Multi Alumni) ***
  • Eminem: Revival (Aftermath/Shady/Interscope/Goliath) **
  • Vic Mensa: The Autobiography (Roc Nation) **
Expert Witness: Homeboy Sandman's Constant, Anti-Boredom Reincarnations

New in Expert Witness:

  • Homeboy Sandman: Veins (Stones Throw) A-
  • Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman: Triple Fat Lice (Stones Throw) A-
  • Open Mike Eagle: Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (Mello Music) A-
  • CunninLynguists: Rose Azura Njano (RBC) ***
  • L'Orange: The Ordinary Man (Mello Music) ***
  • L'Orange: Old Soul (self-released) **
  • Mr. Lif & Brass Manazeri: Resilient (Waxsimile) **
Expert Witness: Hip-Hop's Most Complete New Yorker Since Heems (or Nas)

New in Expert Witness:

  • Princess Nokia: 1992 Deluxe (Rough Trade) A
  • Sheer Mag: Need to Feel Your Love (Wilsuns RC) A-
  • Margo Price: All American Made (Third Man) B+
Expert Witness: Love Songs from (and to) the Arab World

New in Expert Witness:

  • Marcel Khalife/Mahmoud Darwish: Andalusia of Love (Nagam) A-
  • Omar Souleyman: To Syria, With Love (Mad Decent) B+
  • Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From the Horn of Africa (Ostinato) ***
  • Boubacar Traoré: Dounia Tabolo (Lusafrica) *
Expert Witness: Some Serious Anti-Trump Music

New in Expert Witness:

  • Dawn Oberg: Nothing Rhymes With Orange (Blossom Theory) A
  • Tim Heidecker: Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs (Jagjaguwar) B+
  • Mavis Staples: Livin' on a High Note (Anti-) ***
  • Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black (Anti-) **
  • Downtown Boys: Cost of Living (Sub Pop) *
Expert Witness: Some Delta Blues Gems and Country Blues Moments

New in Expert Witness:

  • American Epic: The Best of Blues (Lo-Max/Third Man/Columbia/Legacy) A
  • 24 Classic Blues Songs From the 1920's: Vol 15 (Blues Images) A-
  • American Epic: The Best of Country (Lo-Max/Third Man/Columbia/Legacy) B+
Expert Witness: Now That's What I Call Expert Witness with Robert Christgau!

New in Expert Witness:

  • Now That's What I Call 90s Pop (Sony Music Entertainment) A-
  • Now That's What I Call Tailgate Anthems (Sony Music Entertainment) A-
  • 13 Days of Xmas (Bloodshot) **
  • Nick Lowe: Quality Street (Yep Roc) *
Expert Witness: Saint Etienne and St. Vincent's Admirable Charms

New in Expert Witness:

  • Saint Etienne: Home Counties (Heavenly/PIAS) A-
  • St. Vincent: Masseduction (4AD) B+
  • SZA: Ctrl (RCA) ***
  • Rev. Sekou: In Times Like These (Thirty Tigers) ***
  • The Relatives: Goodbye World (Luv N' Haight) **
  • Primate Fiasco: Massachusetts Winter (self-released) **

There's also a recent interview with Christgau in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Expert Witness: A Near-Perfect Kasai Allstars Album and Some Afrobeats

New in Expert Witness:

  • Kasai All Stars: Around Félicité (Crammed Discs) A-
  • Afrobeats Hot Hits: New Urban Dance Grooves From Africa (Shanachie) B+
  • Siama: Rivers: From the Congo to the Mississippi (self-released) ***
  • Kasai Allstars: Tradi-Mods Vs Rockers (Crammed Discs) **
  • Zaire 74: The African Artists (Wrasse) **
  • Kasai Allstars: Congotronics 5: Beware the Fetish (Crammed Discs) **
  • DRC Music: Kinshasa One Two (Warp) *
Expert Witness: Matt Berninger's Depressive Tendencies

New in Expert Witness:

  • The National: Sleep Well Beast (4AD) A-
  • Deer Tick: Vol. 2 (Partisan) A-
  • The Paranoid Style: Underworld U.S.A. (Bar/None) A-
  • Shilpa Ray: Door Girl (Northern Spy) ***
  • LCD Soundsystem: American Dream (Columbia) **
Expert Witness: Alt-Rock in Fraught Times

New in Expert Witness:

  • Lee Ranaldo: Electric Trim (Mute) A-
  • Pere Ubu: 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo (Cherryred) A-
  • Howe Gelb: Future Standards (Fire) ***
  • Thurston Moore: Rock and Roll Consciousness (Caroline) **
  • Filthy Friends: Invitation (Kill Rock Stars) **
Expert Witness: The Grown-Up Feelings of A. Savage and Big Thief

New in Expert Witness:

  • A. Savage: Thawing Dawn (Dull Tools) A-
  • Big Thief: Capacity (Saddle Creek) B+
  • Ape Records Vol. 1 (Ape) ***
  • Mitski: Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans) **
  • Baby in Vain: More Nothing (Partisan) **
Expert Witness: A Songwriter Who Can Linger on the Word "Gerrymander"

New in Expert Witness:

  • Robt Sarazin Blake: Recitative (SameRoom) A-
  • Dylan Hicks: Ad Out (Soft Launch) A-
  • Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls: Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls (Blootshot) ***
  • Chuck Prophet: Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins (Yep Roc) **
  • Thomas Anderson: My Songs Are the House I Live In (Out There) *
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard: Tell the Devil . . . I'm Gettin' There as Fast as I Can (Bordello/Thirty Tigers) *

Also new:

Expert Witness: A Batch of Cover Albums

New in Expert Witness:

  • Motörhead: Under Cöver (Silver Lining Music) A-
  • Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams (Slate Creek) A-
  • Let It Be: Black America Sings Lennon, McCartney and Harrison (Ace) ***
  • Ryan Adams: 1989 (Blue Note/Pax Am) **

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