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Expert Witness: On Syd's Depth and Resonance

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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-
Expert Witness: The Strangest Songs of Neil Young's Career, and More

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  • The Highwaymen: The Very Best of the Highwaymen (Columbia/Legacy) A-
  • Dave Van Ronk: Down in Washington Square (Smithsonian Folkways) A-
  • The Rough Guide to Hillbilly Blues (World Music Network) B+
  • Neil Young: Peace Trail (Reprise) ***
  • Chartbusters USA: Special Country Edition (Ace) ***
  • Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie's 26 Northwest Songs (Smithsonian Folkways) *

Also, a minor site update:

Expert Witness: Afropop with Noura Mint Seymali, Awa Poulu, and More

New in Expert Witness:

  • African Rumba (Putumayo) A
  • Noura Mint Seymali: Arbina (Glitterbeat) A-
  • Awa Poulu: Poulo Warali (Awesome Tapes From Africa) B+
  • Aly Keita/Jan Gallega Bronnimann/Lucas Niggli: Kalo-Yele (Intakt) ***
  • Brian Chilala & Ngoma Zasu: Vangaza! (SWM) ***
  • Youssou Ndour: Africa Rekk (Sony Music) **
  • Fofoulah: Fofoulah (Glitterbeat) *
Expert Witness:

New in Expert Witness:

  • Run the Jewels: RTJ3 (self-released) A-
  • T.I.: Us or Else: Letter to the System (Grand Hustle/Roc Nation) A-
  • Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman: Lice Two: Still Buggin' (Rhymesayers/Stones Throw download) ***
  • Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland (Blackball Universe) ***
  • Death Grips: Bottomless Pit (Harvest/Third Worlds) **
  • YG: Still Brazy (Def Jam) *

Also new:

Expert Witness: Sheer Mag and Sleigh Bells

New in Expert Witness:

  • Sheer Mag: III 7" (Wilsuns RC/Katorga Works) A-
  • Sleigh Bells: Bitter Rivals (Mom + Pop) A-
  • Sleigh Bells: Jessica Rabbit (Torn Clean) B+
Expert Witness: End of 2016 Blues

New in Expert Witness:

  • David Bromberg: The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing but the Blues (Red House) A-
  • Dues Paid: The Blues Time Story (Ace) B+
  • The Rough Guide to Blues Women (World Music Network) ***
  • Buddy Guy: Born to Play Guitar (Silvertone) **
  • The Rough Guide to Delta Blues (World Music Network) **

A couple of other pieces by Robert Christgau appeared recently in The Village Voice:

Expert Witness: Choral Clatter and Savannah Sounds

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  • Populous: Night Safari (Band Panda/Folk Wisdom) A-
  • Arca: Entranas (self-released) A-
  • Charlie Haden Music Liberation Orchestra: Time/Life (Impulse!) ***
  • The Avalanches: Wildflower (Astralwerks) **
  • Burial: "Young Death"/"Nightmarket" (Hypoerdub) **
  • Horse Lords: Interventions (Northern Spy) *
  • Bon Iver: 22, a Million (Jagjaguwar) *
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: The Classic Christmas Album (Legacy) *
Expert Witness: Deap Vally, Nots, and "Punk"

New in Expert Witness:

  • Deap Vally: Femejism (Nevado) A-
  • The Nots: Cosmetic (Goner) A-
  • Warehouse: Super Low (Bayonet) ***
  • Sneaks: Gymnastics (Merge) *
Expert Witness: Country Livin'

New in Expert Witness:

  • Margaret Glaspy: Emotions and Math (ATO) A-
  • Miranda Lambert: The Weight of These Wings (Epic) B+
  • Kacey Musgraves: A Very Kacey Christmas (Mercury Nashville) **
  • Amanda Shires: My Piece of Land (Silver Knife) **
  • John Prine: For Better, or Worse (Oh Boy) **
  • Margaret Glaspy: If & When (Storysound) *
  • Southern Family (Low Country Sound) *
Expert Witness: Ominous If You Know the Ending

New in Expert Witness:

  • Mose Allison: I'm Not Talkin': The Song Stylings of Mose Allison 1957-1971 (BGP) A-
  • Hoagy Carmichael: Mr. Music Master (Coral) A-
  • Johnny Mercer: The Capitol Collectors Series (Capitol) ***
  • Professor Longhair: Live in Chicago (Orleans) *
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) *

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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) *

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