Tuesday 11pm: Feature LP – The Highwomen

September 10, 2019
Editor In Chief

The Highwomen is the eponymous debut studio album by country music supergroup the Highwomen, made up of band members Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires. It was released on September 6, 2019, by Elektra Records.

The album received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received a weighted average score of 79 based on 9 reviews.

Chris Willman from Variety called the album an “instant classic,” and went on to say that “the all-star foursome has put together an album full of high comedy and high pathos, zingy group-sings and gut-wreching solo turns, wryness and rue, and harmony co-existing with this strange and nearly forgotten thing called twang.” Laura Stanley at Exclaim! gave the album an 8 out of 10, and said the album “is both a call for change and a celebration of women in country music.” Writing for AllMusic, Thomas Erlewine gave the album four out of five stars and said, “The record’s resonance lies in its deep emotions and sense of craft. The craft isn’t incidental, either. Their shared skills as writers and singers provide the supporting evidence to Shires’ conceptual thesis: if country radio doesn’t want to play music this good, what’s the point of radio anyway?” Will Hermes from Rolling Stone gave the album four out of five stars. His review said,”What’s most impressive about The Highwomen, handsomely produced with Nashville neoclassicist Dave Cobb, is how artfully, and matter-of-factly, it engages social issues. Credit the concentration of songwriting talent. Every woman here is at the top of her game.” The album received seven out of ten stars from Chris Conaton at PopMatters who said, “They’re having a lot of fun, but the specifically feminist bent of the group’s outlook helps focus the album as well. The Highwomen is worth a listen for any fans of these artists individually or as a sampler for all of them.” Seth Wilson from Slant Magazine gave the album three and a half out of five stars. He praised the album’s title track, calling it “a powerful and succinct recalibration of Jimmy Webb’s “The Highwayman”. The album received three and a half out of five stars from Hal Horowitz at American Songwriter. He said the album is “generally more subdued than the Lambert-led Pistol Annies and less groundbreaking than Trio. It would have helped if all four women participated in every performance since at least one is MIA on the majority of tunes.” He criticized Dave Cobb’s production, calling it “professional” but “also a little dry.” In a review for Glide Magazine, Jim Hynes said the album “has its strong moments and it does carry a strong mission. Yet, its ambitious and inclusive scope creates an enormity that somewhat weighs it down.” In a mixed review for The Guardian, Michael Hann gave the album three out of five stars and said, “Four voices aren’t always stronger than one, and the collegiate nature of the record leaves one yearning for a little more single-mindedness.” Nicholas Hautman from Us Weekly gave the album four stars and called it an “instant classic.”

1. “Highwomen” (featuring Yola) 3:32
2. “Redesigning Women” 2:54
3. “Loose Change” 2:22
4. “Crowded Table” 3:29
5. “My Name Can’t Be Mama” 2:30
6. “If She Ever Leaves Me” 3:13
7. “Old Soul” 5:45
8. “Don’t Call Me” 3:36
9. “My Only Child” 3:53
10. “Heaven Is a Honky Tonk” (featuring Sheryl Crow) 3:54
11. “Cocktail and a Song” 3:37
12. “Wheels of Laredo” 4:14

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Iggy Pop – Free (2019)

September 10, 2019
Editor In Chief

Free is the eighteenth studio album by American rock singer Iggy Pop, released by Caroline International and Loma Vista Recordings on September 6, 2019. It features contributions from Noveller and Leron Thomas, and the title track was released along with the album announcement. A music video for the album’s second single, “James Bond”, was released on August 14, 2019.

1. “Free” 1:48
2. “Loves Missing” 4:19
3. “Sonali” 3:30
4. “James Bond” 4:31
5. “Dirty Sanchez” 4:21
6. “Glow in the Dark” 3:57
7. “Page” 4:08
8. “We Are the People” 3:13
9. “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” 1:48
10. “The Dawn” 2:08

Tuesday 12am: Feature LP: Elton John – Sleeping With The Past (1989)

September 9, 2019
Editor In Chief

Sleeping with the Past is the 22nd studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released on August 29, 1989.  It is his best-selling album in Denmark (where it was recorded for tax purposes) and is dedicated to his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin.  The album featured his first solo #1 single, “Sacrifice”, in his home country of the UK, which helped the album also hit #1 there.  John and Taupin meant for the songs to reflect the style of 1960’s R&B icons such as Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, whom they admired.  It also became his first platinum album in the UK since 1983’s Too Low for Zero, and was also certified Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.  Guy Babylon made his debut on this album and would continue to play keyboards with John for the next 20 years.  Fred Mandel left the band shortly after.

“Durban Deep” – 5:32
“Healing Hands” – 4:21
“Whispers” – 5:30
“Club at the End of the Street” – 4:49
“Sleeping with the Past” – 4:58
“Stones Throw From Hurtin'” – 4:55
“Sacrifice” – 5:11
“I Never Knew Her Name” – 3:32
“Amazes Me” – 4:39
“Blue Avenue” – 4:21
“Dancing in the End Zone” – 3:55
“Love Is a Cannibal” – 3:55

Wednesday 11pm: Feature LP: Billy Joel – An Innocent Man (1983)

September 4, 2019
Editor In Chief

An Innocent Man is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on August 8, 1983. The concept album is a tribute to the American popular music of Joel’s adolescent years with Joel paying homage to a number of different popular American musical styles from the late 1950s and early 1960s, most notably doo-wop and soul music. The album cover artwork was taken on the front steps of 142 Mercer Street, just north of the intersection of Mercer and Prince Street in the SoHo neighborhood in New York City.

The album featured three Billboard Top 10 hit singles: “Tell Her About It” (No. 1), “Uptown Girl” (No. 3) and “An Innocent Man” (No. 10). Four other singles were released from the album: “The Longest Time” (No. 14), “Leave a Tender Moment Alone” (No. 27), “Keeping the Faith” (No. 18) and “This Night” (US B-side of “Leave a Tender Moment Alone”). “Tell Her About It” and “Uptown Girl” garnered international success—”Uptown Girl” reached No. 1 in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. An Innocent Man remained on the US Pop album chart for 111 weeks, becoming Joel’s longest charting studio album behind The Stranger. For over a year, the album remained on the charts in the UK, Japan and Australia.

1. “Easy Money” (Homage to James Brown and Wilson Pickett) 4:04
2. “An Innocent Man” (Homage to Ben E. King and The Drifters) 5:17
3. “The Longest Time” (Homage to doo-wop groups like Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) 3:42
4. “This Night” (Homage to Little Anthony and the Imperials; also to Ludwig van Beethoven’s Pathetique sonata) 4:17
5. “Tell Her About It” (Homage to Motown groups like The Supremes and The Temptations) 3:52
6. “Uptown Girl” (Homage to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons) 3:17
7. “Careless Talk” (Homage to Sam Cooke) 3:48
8. “Christie Lee” (Homage to Little Richard or Jerry Lee Lewis) 3:31
9. “Leave a Tender Moment Alone” (Homage to Smokey Robinson) 3:56
10. “Keeping the Faith” (Lyrical homage to Pre-British Invasion Rock n Roll) 4:41

Tuesday 11pm: Feature LP: Grand Funk Railroad – Greatest Hits (2006)

September 3, 2019
Editor In Chief

Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American hard rock band popular during the 1970s, when they toured extensively and played to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine once said, “You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!” Known for their crowd-pleasing arena rock style, the band was well-regarded by audiences despite a relative lack of critical acclaim. The band’s name is a play on words of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a line that runs through the band’s home town of Flint, Michigan.

Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by Grand Funk Railroad released April 4, 2006.

“We’re an American Band” – 3:26
“Time Machine” – 3:45
“Walk Like a Man” – 4:05
“Some Kind of Wonderful” – 3:23
“Shinin’ On” – 5:56
“Heartbreaker” – 6:34
“Rock & Roll Soul” – 3:29
“The Loco-Motion” – 2:46
“Footstompin’ Music” – 3:46
“Mean Mistreater” (Live) – 4:56
“Take Me” – 5:06
“Bad Time” – 2:56
“I’m Your Captain” – 9:59
“Inside Looking Out” – 9:31

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Natasha Bedingfield – Roll With Me (2019)

September 3, 2019
Editor In Chief

Roll with Me (stylized as ROLL WITH ME) is the fourth album by British singer and songwriter Natasha Bedingfield, released on August 30, 2019 through We Are Hear/Universal. The lead single “Roller Skate” was released on 19 July 2019; “Kick It” was released on August 2 as the second single and first song serviced to radio from the album, with other songs to become available before the album’s release. It was produced by Linda Perry, and follows eight years after the reissue of her third studio album Strip Me, released in 2010.

1. “Kick It” 4:28
2. “Roller Skate” 3:31
3. “Everybody Come Together” (featuring Angel Haze) 3:05
4. “Hey Papa” 3:36
5. “King of the World” 3:39
6. “It Could Be Love” 3:41
7. “Where We Going Now” 4:41
8. “Can’t Look Away” 2:43
9. “Can’t Let Go” 3:18
10. “No Man I See” 3:27
11. “Sweet Nothing” 3:13
12. “I Feel You” 4:36
13. “Wishful Thinking” 3:14
14. “Real Love” 3:08
15. “Roller Skate” (acoustic; bonus track) 3:44
16. “Kick It” (acoustic; bonus track) 4:28
17. “Everybody Come Together” (acoustic; bonus track) 3:16
18. “King of the World” (acoustic; bonus track) 3:46

Tuesday 12:15am: Feature LP – Sheryl Crow – Threads (2019)

September 2, 2019
Editor In Chief

Threads is the eleventh and final studio album by American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. The album was released on August 30, 2019, by Big Machine Records. Threads is a collaborative album featuring many of Crow’s musical friends, heroes and newer artists.

While promoting her 2018 UK tour, Crow released “Wouldn’t Wanna Be Like You” featuring St. Vincent and revealed that the duets project will possibly be her final album, citing the impossibility of releasing something that could follow up such a gathering of artists. She added that she will continue to write and tour and will potentially release short-form music akin to extended plays.

“Redemption Day” was officially released as the album’s lead single on April 21, 2019. First appearing on Crow’s self-titled second album in 1996, the Threads version of the song features Johnny Cash, who had recorded a cover of the song for his 2010 posthumous release American VI: Ain’t No Grave.

On May 22, 2019, “Live Wire”, a blues-inspired track featuring Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, was released on Entertainment Weekly. Crow, Raitt and Staples subsequently performed the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“Prove You Wrong”, a country rock song featuring Crow’s long-time friend Stevie Nicks and rising country star Maren Morris, was released on June 5, 2019. Crow joined Morris onstage at the 2019 CMT Music Awards to perform the song.

On June 14, 2019, Crow released the rock track “Still the Good Old Days” featuring Joe Walsh. She performed the song that night on The Graham Norton Show.

On June 28, 2019, Crow promoted Threads by performing “Prove You Wrong” and “Still the Good Old Days” during her set on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival.

“Everything Is Broken”, a roots rock Bob Dylan cover featuring Jason Isbell was released on July 12, 2019.

On August 2, 2019, “Tell Me When It’s Over”, a bluesy breakup song was released which was co-written and features backing vocals by Chris Stapleton.

The funk-infused track “Story of Everything” that includes a rap by Chuck D, guitar playing by Gary Clark Jr. and vocals by Andra Day was released on August 23, 2019 and focuses on the current state of America, in particular, the racial issues that still divide the country.

1. “Prove You Wrong” 3:41
2. “Live Wire” 5:09
3. “Tell Me When It’s Over” 4:56
4. “Story of Everything” 6:22
5. “Beware of Darkness” 3:38
6. “Redemption Day” 4:46
7. “Cross Creek Road” 4:46
8. “Everything Is Broken” 4:32
9. “The Worst” 2:38
10. “Lonely Alone” 4:37
11. “Border Lord” 4:42
12. “Still the Good Old Days” 5:17
13. “Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” 3:35
14. “Don’t” 4:06
15. “Nobody’s Perfect” 4:43
16. “Flying Blind” 3:41
17. “For the Sake of Love” 3:34

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