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Saturday, September 18, 2021

New: Lindsey Buckingham, My Morning Jacket, Aoife O'Donovan, Leon Bridges, The War On Drugs

Lindsey Buckingham: On the Wrong Side

You can take the guitarist out of the band, but ... The new LP, titled Lindsey Buckingham, is "the first of his solo albums to embrace all of the crowd-pleasing elements of Fleetwood Mac," writes AllMusic. "It's the work of an expert craftsman who relies on his skills as composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, and guitarist to sculpt songs that comfort without succumbing to nostalgia." This song looks back at his years of touring with Mac: “I’m out of pity, out of time / Another city, another crime ... We were young, now we’re old / Who can tell me which is worse?” Riff Magazine notes that the track "includes the only extended electric guitar solo on the album, and it’s fantastic."

My Morning Jacket: Love Love Love

It's all you need, right? The lyrics ("The more you give yeah / The more you get now / Go tell it to the world") may have a familiar ring, but Jim James says he wanted the song to "speak toward positivity and pure love, finding truth within yourself and in the world around you.” It's a counterpoint to "Regularly Scheduled Programming," the gloomy first single from the band's ninth album (cleverly titled My Morning Jacket), due next month.

Aoife O'Donovan: Phoenix

We know her as one-third of I'm With Her (with Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins) but this Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter-guitarist also co-founded string band Crooked Still and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Olabelle and more. AllMusic calls her "a go-to vocalist in the American contemporary folk, bluegrass, and progressive Americana scenes," while The Bluegrass Situation wrote that O'Donovan is "one of the best lyricists on the scene today.” Her fourth solo album, Age of Apathy, is due in January. Of this lead single, she says: "Late 2020 and early 2021 brought a wave of clarity and inspiration after a very difficult period of creative malaise, and ‘Phoenix’ is truly an ode to my own muse.”

Leon Bridges: Steam

This is the latest single to break out from the Gold-Diggers Sound album, named for the East Hollywood hotel where Bridges played a residency and worked on the songs. Paste Magazine calls his third album "yet another graceful, often captivating deviation from the retro path most critics probably expected him to stick with - particularly after earning a 2016 Grammy nod for Best R&B Album." At the Gold Diggers, he "jammed and wrote with an enormous cast of players and producers, arriving at a sleeker, jazzier sound befitting a space of such chicness."

The War On Drugs: I Don't Live Here Anymore

Photo by Shawn Brackbill
The title track from the Philadelphia band's upcoming album opens with a nod to Bob Dylan. "I was lying in my bed, a creature void of form," bandleader Adam Granduciel sings, borrowing a phrase from "Shelter from the Storm." The album is said to have a theme of "resilience in the face of despair." This song features backing vocals by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius. Together, they sing: "We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our own."

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