Articles by AD Amorosi
Elvis Costello & the Imposters, “The Boy Named If”
So much of the record is of a sneery, stabby nature and blunter than Costello’s more sophisticated recent songcraft.
The Best Reissues and Box Sets of 2021
10 LP packages that kept our eyes and ears busy over the past year.
In Conversation: NFT Overlords Bored Ape Yacht Club on Their First Music Video
Bored Ape Yacht Club #9797—a.k.a. Jimbo—on becoming the first NFT to make and release its own music video with the electro-shock-trap-hop of “Delist your ape (2DaMoon).”
San Fermin, “In This House”
The Brooklyn collective have never sounded more sure-footed and effortlessly melodic than they do with this gathering of friends.
Rufus Wainwright, “Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session” + “Rufus Wainwright and Amsterdam Sinfonietta Live”
Both recent live albums see the songwriter reinventing his and others’ songs with care, invention, and consideration.
Kim Gordon and Bill Nace continue along their improvised music path with the help of fellow avant-garde journeyperson Aaron Dilloway.
Earthlings, Suburban Buddhas, and Outsiders: David Bowie in the ’90s
Bowie collaborator Mark Plati details the new box set “Brilliant Adventure,” which includes the long-lost LP “Toy” recorded in 2000 among other curios from the preceding decade.
Aesop Rock x Blockhead, “Garbology”
On the pair’s first full-album collaboration, spaced-out ambience and abstract linguistics come together for something unique, brutal, and beautiful.
Scenes From the End of a Marriage: 12 Great Records About Divorce
With Adele contributing “30” to the canon, here are a dozen other albums that poetically and coarsely tackle legal uncoupling.
Brian Wilson, “At My Piano” + “Long Promised Road”
Both new releases happily and uniquely go further into defining the myth and the magic of Brian Wilson.
FLOOD’s Guide to Black Friday Record Store Day 2021: Leonard Cohen, Fleetwood Mac, Thundercat, Jason Isbell, and More
28 new releases we’re excited for during this year’s post-Thanksgiving RSD Drop in November.
In Conversation: Dave Gahan on Finding His Voice with “Imposter”
The Depeche Mode frontman talks developing his skills as a songwriter both with his band and on his new collection of covers with Soulsavers.
The Rolling Stones, “Tattoo You” [Super Deluxe Edition]
For its 40th anniversary, the Stones’ loose and louche 1981 LP gets a sweet, era-appropriate polish job.
Angel Du$t, “YAK: A Collection of Truck Songs”
The band’s fourth album is full of hooks, shifting moods, and cushiony tunes without dismissing speed or ferocity.
The latest from the Canadian emcee finds itself often humorously in a place of connecting the disparate dots of being Black.
The War on Drugs, “I Don’t Live Here Anymore”
The Philly-based ensemble smooth over their rougher complexities and craft a record that’s oddly happy and broadly familial.
Helado Negro, “Far In”
His first album for 4AD welcomes a larger musical ensemble, a livelier palate of sound, and lushly verdant vibes that go beyond.
The Beatles, “Let It Be” [Super Deluxe]
This 6-CD/LP box—including rarities, live cuts, and alternate mixes—burrows deep and handsomely below the surface.
Explosions in the Sky, “Big Bend”
This soundtrack to PBS’s Big Bend National Park doc provides a chill sonic tonic with nature as its somnolent guide.
At the Mouth of the Velvet Goldmine: Todd Haynes Talks New Doc “The Velvet Underground”
Director Haynes goes Underground with a documentary on all things Reed, Cale, Nico, and Warhol.
In Conversation: Bill Nelson on the Influence and Legacy of Be-Bop Deluxe
We spoke to the English songwriter on the occasion of his former glam/prog collective’s massive new “Live! In the Air Age” box set.
Pastor T. L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir, “I Shall Wear a Crown”
Barrett’s box set portrays honest, positivist music with a mission far beyond self-gratification or artistic vision.
Various Artists, “I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground and Nico”
The late Hal Wilner’s introduction to the classic LP is as lovely, fall-like, and serene as was Reed’s original entry.
Elvis Costello, “Spanish Model”
Rather than a simple set of demos and rarities, Costello strips “This Year’s Model” down to its instrumental tracks and goes en-Español.
Blvck Hippie, “If You Feel Alone at Parties”
Everything Josh Shaw does is immediate, off, and odd—like a welcome meeting of Violent Femmes, Kid Cudi, The Cure, and Tom Verlaine.
Lil Nas X, “Montero”
The debut album from the outsider-rap cowboy is a bold, verbal, and vocal display of what it must mean to be lonely at the top.
Bob Dylan, “Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985)”
This 5-year case study sees the doctor reviving the patient, taking out the bile, and giving him new legs with more tactile treading.
In Conversation: Liars’ Angus Andrew on Just How the Apple Drops
Andrew discusses microdosing, letting go, and his project’s full-circle return to collaboration on his tenth album.