Articles by AD Amorosi
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.
Gang of Four, “77-81”
This workman-like all-CD box signals what might be this period’s finest and most uniquely artful one-two punch.
Various Artists, “Almost Famous” [6-LP Super Deluxe Edition]
The original Stillwater songs—penned by Cameron Crowe with Peter Frampton and Heart’s Nancy Wilson—are better here, at home, than they were in the theater back in 2000.
Sparks, “Annette: Cannes Edition”
It’s in its marriage to the film that this soundtrack is best served; cold and bleakly comical with an operatic repetitiveness worthy of Philip Glass.
Joe Keery: Stranger Guy
The co-star of “Stranger Things” and the new Ryan Reynolds arcade-adventure “Free Guy” talks psychedelia, porn staches, and body-painted costumes.
Ryuichi Sakamoto, “Minamata”
The composer shows off a mind for menacing, tactile music which meshes the oceanic-winded scale of the elements.
George Harrison, “All Things Must Pass” Super Deluxe Edition
This 50th anniversary reissue adds an oomph that’s crucial to its rhythm arrangements and the tremor of Harrison’s treble-heavy guitar work.
Prince, “Welcome 2 America”
The unearthed 2010 LP is more fun than inventive, and a whole lot of very-OK, faux-sexy, R&B rawkouts.
Space Is the Place for Chicano Batman’s Bardo Martinez
Martinez discusses doing his own thing on his solo debut as Bardo, “Everywhere Reminds Me of Space.”
U-Roy’s Last Stand Is Just the Beginning
Sly & Robbie’s Sly Dunbar and production duo Zak & Sshh talk U-Roy’s legacy and the innovative vocalist’s new posthumous LP “Solid Gold.”
Rodrigo Amarante, “Drama”
Amarante’s second solo album is the work of a vexingly imaginative, subtly unpredictable, and ruminatively humorous composer.
Alice Coltrane, “Kirtan: Turiya Sings”
The composer pulls from prayerful moments with voice and Wurlitzer electric organ to awe-inspiring results.
FLOOD’s Guide to Record Store Day 2021 Part 2: Beastie Boys, Aretha Franklin, The Clash, Amy Winehouse, and More
23 new releases we’re excited for during RSD Drop 2 on July 17.
Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come, “Eternal Messenger”
The new box set celebrates Brown’s exploration of rough-hewn art rock with a twist alongside his crew Kingdom Come.
Various Artists, “Red Hot + Free”
Red Hot beats as it hasn’t in quite some time, pushing its participants further than you may have imagined.
Hit the Deck: The Cassette Tape Revival Is in Full Swing
Artists, tape manufacturers, and distributors weigh in on major-label involvement in the latest trend in physical music media.
Celebrating Andy Gill and Gang of Four with Warpaint, The Sounds, Helmet, The Dandy Warhols, and Go4’s John Sterry
Gang of Four finally get their tribute thanks to Tom Morello and friends with “The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four.”
Tyler, the Creator, “Call Me If You Get Lost”
Tyler shows off his progress as a rapper with a power and musicality you knew he had in him, yet feared he’d let slide.
There is glee to be found in every crevice of the Bronx rapper’s immersion in house music and bossa nova.
In Conversation: Sunroof’s Daniel Miller and Gareth Jones Discuss Their Debut LP 40 Years in the Making
The Mute Records founder and Depeche Mode producer talk collaboration, modular synths, and the influence of Kraftwerk on their new record.
In Conversation: The Prodigy’s Maxim Presents His Prodigious Talents in the Visual Arts
The multimedia artist discusses his new project “Hope,” which merges music, film, and sculpture.
Black Sabbath, “Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition”
This edition offers more mind-expanding madness in demo form, a never-before-released live album, and explosive re-mastered sound.
FLOOD’s Guide to Record Store Day 2021: Prince, Beck, Flaming Lips, Fela Kuti, The Police, and More
Here’s 22 new releases we’re excited for with the return of RSD on June 12
Paul & Linda McCartney, “Ram” [50th Anniversary Half-Speed Mastering]
This warm, mossy 50th anniversary reissue benefits from the dirtball proceedings of its homespun recording sessions and its homier, oblong songs.