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Music Review, At the Temple Door

At the Temple Door Ajeet KaurSpirit VoyageAjeet Kaur encountered a spiritual sense of music early in life, raised by a father (Thomas Moore) who’d been in a Catholic monastery…

Music Review: Atma Bhakti

Atma BhaktiManish VyasNew Earth RecordsIn much the same way that spiritual teachers use words to point to the inexpressible, Indian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist/composer Mani…

Music Review: Before This World

Before This World James TaylorConcord RecordsJames Taylor’s first studio album of new material in 13 years hearkens back to his 1997 release Hourglass. Like that album, Before This…

Music Review: Binary

Ani DiFranco is now in her fourth decade of producing high-energy music with lyrics that are thoughtful and strong, personal and political. Binary is DiFranco’s 20th studio album, …

Music Review: Cello & Piano Meditations, Music for Relaxation and Healing

Cello & Piano Meditations: Music for Relaxation and HealingDavid Darling and Jacqueline Tschabold BhuyanSounds TrueSome years ago, pianist Jacqueline Tschabold Bhuyan suff…

Music Review: Continuum

ContinuumNik BärtschECMLooking for a deep sensory experience? Hang out inside Continuum, the new album from Nik Bärtsch and his Mobile ensemble. This is 21st-century Zen-Funk Ritua…

Music Review: Crosswinds

Crosswinds: World Flute ConversationsRajendra TeredesaiReal MusicCrosswinds is a truly beautiful flute-based album; calming, evocative, and inspiring. The emotionally intelligent f…

Music Review: Elwan

ElwanTinariwenANTIIn spite of the danceable grooves that Tinariwen has been known to deliver, a Tamashek-to-English translation of the lyrics on this celebrated Tuareg band’s eight…

Music Review: Freedom Highway

Freedom HighwayRhiannon GiddensNonesuch RecordsFreedom Highway is the new album of soulful Southern tunes by Rhiannon Giddens, who previously won a Grammy Award as a member of the …

Music Review: Future Politics

Future PoliticsAustraDomino Recording CompanyElectronic pop band Austra was founded in Toronto, Canada, in 2009 by opera-trained vocalist Katie Stelmanis. (Austra is her middle nam…

Music Review: Heartbeats: Music Infused Nights

Heartbeats: Music Infused InsightsMonique RhodesSounds TrueAwakening to the present moment—“the eternal now”—is a spiritual thread that weaves through Heartbeats: Music Infused Ins…

Music Review: Immortelle

ImmortelleDeuterNew Earth RecordsFor critics of the New Age genre that Deuter helped pioneer, the notion of an album whose songs are named after various medicinal plants and flower…

Music Review: Incantations

IncantationsSheela Bringi Black SwanSoulful music has probably always blossomed from an array of musical styles and sounds across planet Earth, carrying within it a diversity …

Music Review: Is This the Life We Really Want?

Well over three decades since his departure from the revered psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, British bassist/vocalist Roger Waters is still writing songs about overcoming us-agai…

Music Review: Land of Gold

Land of GoldAnoushka ShankarDeutsche GrammophonAs a daughter and former student of the late Ravi Shankar, sitarist Anoushka Shankar is in possession of jaw-dropping precision and a…

Music Review: Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.

Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.MobySelf-releasedAlong with being one of electronic music’s most recognizable artists, Moby is an outspoken advocate of healthy living. In one of his l…

Music Review: Peace Trail

Peace TrailNeil YoungReprise RecordsNeil Young’s latest release is as rustic and lo-fi as you’d expect from an album recorded in just four days. The singer/songwriter’s sociopoliti…

Music Review: Pure Comedy

Pure Comedy by Father John Misty is a striking blues album that’s funny and sad, insightful and philosophical. One of the wonderfully crafted tunes is titled “When the God of …

Music Review: Radiance Mixes: Tibetan Bowls with the Mantras of Deva Premal

Paul Temple, the artist who goes by the name RadianceMatrix, is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism whose music naturally embraces the vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls. “I seem t…

Music Review: Requiem

Tigran Mansurian’s Requiem, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide that occurred in Turkey from 1915 to 1917, operates on multiple levels: musical, cu…

Music Review: Sanctuary

SanctuaryPhil HaynesCorner Store JazzCymbals, chimes, and drums. Sticks, fingers, and brushes. These are some of the raw materials that Phil Haynes beautifully crafts into rhythmic…

Music Review: Saraswati Dreams

Saraswati DreamsJaya Lakshmi & AnandaSounds TrueAfter fusing kirtan music with electronica on 2013’s Kirtronica, former Lost At Last singer Jaya Lakshmi and her partner Ananda …

Music Review: Shakti Sutra

Shakti SutraSheela BringiNew Earth RecordsWith Shakti Sutra Indian-American vocalist Sheela Bringi and longtime collaborator Clinton Patterson have created a sweet mantra…

Music Review: SOULROCKER

SOULROCKERMichael Franti & SpearheadFantasy RecordsThis ninth studio album from Michael Franti & Spearhead—soulrocker—continues their great tradition of very sing-along-abl…

Music Review: Tell 'Em I'm Gone

Tell ’Em I’m Gone Yusuf Legacy RecordingsSinger/songwriter Yusuf’s voice still sounds much as it did when he went by the more familiar name of Cat Stevens, but the music …

Music Review: Temple at Midnight

Temple at MidnightMitenPrabhu MusicTemple at Midnight is the new solo album from Miten and this intimate, acoustic set of 11 songs reflects the fantastic journey he’s had as a musi…

Music Review: The Beautiful Not Yet

The Beautiful Not YetCarrie NewcomerAvailable Light RecordsCarrie Newcomer’s soothing vocals and inspiring music are grounded in social justice and authentic hope. “When you sing a…

Music Review: The Earth Wants You

The Earth Wants YouRev. Billy & The Stop Shopping ChoirCreative CommonsRev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir have been arrested more times than your average Gospel church band…

Music Review: Truth Is a Beautiful Thing

London Grammar’s Hannah Reid has a stunning vocal range, and her two bandmates hold the 27-year-old singer’s dark lyrics and deep, smoky voice within an atmosphere of understated a…

Music Review: You Want It Darker

You Want It DarkerLeonard CohenColumbiaJust before the winter settled in, Leonard Cohen passed away in his sleep on November 7, 2016. The singer was 82 years old. Less than a month…

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