Articles by Daniel Kohn
R.E.M., “Automatic for the People” (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Sometimes, a reissue of a classic album can reveal too much of the process. With “Automatic for the People,” the opposite is the case.
Death From Above, “Outrage! Is Now”
DFA’s latest release brings more cohesive songwriting, but sometimes cohesive songwriting doesn’t translate to a fluid record.
HAIM, “Something to Tell You”
The San Fernando Valley trio defy the odds.
Dan Auerbach, “Waiting on a Song”
On his first solo endeavor since 2009, it’s easy to see how the Black Keys frontman has grown.
Amber Coffman, “City of No Reply”
Recorded over the span of two years, Amber Coffman’s first solo album explores what it takes to move on while staying within yourself.
Bonnie “Prince” Billy, “Best Troubador”
If there’s anyone who can tackle the catalog of Merle Haggard in carefully nuanced manner, it’s the man known as Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
Ryan Adams, “Prisoner”
Despite his amazing proficiency as a songwriter, Ryan Adams has never bared his soul like he does here.
The Rolling Stones, “Blue & Lonesome”
There may still be some bite left in Keith Richards’s guitar.
Bob Dylan, “Fallen Angels”
No one will confuse the Dylan of this record for his swashbuckling younger self.
The Flaming Lips, “Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic”
Today, they may be known to youngsters as Miley Cyrus’s backing band, but during the mid-’90s, The Flaming Lips were one of the freshest voices emerging from the previously dormant genre of psych-rock.
Fraser A. Gorman, “Slow Gum”
There’s a lot of potential brewing inside of young Fraser A. Gorman, the Australian songwriter and confidante of Courtney Barnett.
Death Cab for Cutie, “Kintsugi”
There was no doubt that “Kintsugi”—Death Cab for Cutie’s first album after founding guitarist and frequent producer Chris Walla’s departure from the group—would be closely examined and dissected by fans and critics alike.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, “Chasing Yesterday”
At this point in Noel Gallagher’s career, no one should truly be surprised by what the former Oasis songwriter has up his sleeve.
Tom Brosseau, “Perfect Abandon”
At a time when folk music has been commercialized to the point where it’s now considered mainstream, Tom Brosseau is a welcomed throwback.
Bob Dylan and The Band, “The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11”
While many were mystified as to what happened to the headstrong man on the heels of his iconic Blonde on Blonde, looking back fifty years, these lost tracks give a glimpse into a relaxed Dylan who was at peace outside of the spotlight.
Mark Lanegan Band, “Phantom Radio”
Even with his ambitious ideas—like recording his latest via an app on his phone—Lanegan is an excellent songwriter at heart, and on this record, his vulnerability is what stands out above any type of exploration of sound.
On Tweedy’s full-length debut Sukierae (Jeff’s name for his wife and Spencer’s mother, Sue), the older Tweedy reaffirms his status as one of the most talented songwriters working today.
Hooray for Earth, “Racy”
Back for their first full-length since 2011’s True Loves, the Boston-bred, New York City–dwelling outfit have a lot to live up to.
Eric Clapton & Friends, “The Breeze: An Appreciation of J. J. Cale”
What better way for Clapton to pay his respects to a man who made a lasting impact on ol’ Slowhand than being at the helm of a covers album?