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Fishbone, The Reality of My Surroundings (CBS Records)

Fishbone’s latest album is a slight departure from their heavily-produced and more homogenous predecessors. In interviews, the band has stated that this album demonstrates the stylistic diversity of various influences […]

Various Artists, Excello Records, Volume 1: Sound of the Swamp and Volume 2: Southern Rhythm and Rock (Rhino Records)

If you want to hear the lowdown side of the blues, if you want to grind with your baby on the dance floor, if you want to rock your butt, […]

Consolidated, Friendly Fascism (Nettwerk/IRS Records)

Less an album and more a pro-vegetarianism, anti-sexism manifesto, Friendly Fascism, the second LP from this San Francisco-based trio, is nonetheless an ambitious synthesis of industrial dance music and hip-hop. […]

Metallica, Metallica (Elektra Records)

When the members of Metallica chose Bob Rock to produce the follow-up to their 1989 double platinum …And Justice For All, fans shuddered: the nation’s premier thrash band would be […]

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Walk That Walk, Talk That Talk (Epic Records)

For this, the fabulous new disc by the Fabulous “New” Thunderbirds, the band brought in axe legend Duke Robillard and cool young blues dude Kid Bangham after the departure of […]

Dash Rip Rock, Boiled Alive (Mammoth Records)

Right from the warning sticker on the front of this package, you know it’s gonna be a rough ride—and sure enough, Dashbasco it is. Bill, Ned and Chris trash, twang […]

Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Sada (Pointblank Records)

Longtime Wolfman fans, those familiar with his work with Johnny Adams, Lee Dorsey and Irma Thomas, shouldn’t be surprised that his fifth album and major label debut is the best […]

Bonnie Raitt, Luck of the Draw (Capitol Records)

For those of us who’ve been Bonnie fans throughout her long career, a recording like this just makes us fall in love with her music all over again. She’s all […]

Allen Toussaint, The Allen Toussaint Collection (Warner Brothers Records)

Although few would compare Allen Toussaint’s own recorded output with his productions, Toussaint still recorded enough good material in the 1970s to have made a fine compilation. Unfortunately, this “best […]

Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Wolf at the Door (Rounder Records)

Wolf at the Door finds Walter Washington hitting new and great soul territory. His three previous albums were from much the same fabric—a boiling cauldron of funk, jazz and blues, […]