Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Brighter Days: Calling all crazy, come get in line!

Artist: Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Album: Brighter Days
Year: 2019
Grade: B-

In Brief: You know what you’re listening to these guys for – explosive pedal steer guitar playing, feel-good Gospel, soul and funk choruses, and the occasional chill slow jam. Don’t go in expecting anything profound from the lyrics – in fact, pay no attention to them all if you like! – and you’ll probably have a blast.

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Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution: Watch this pretty girl flow


Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Album: Emily’s D+Evolution
Year: 2016
Grade: B+

In Brief: Is it jazz? Funk? Rock? R&B? Prog rock? Folk? YES! (Sort of.) However you label this bizarre mishmash of styles, it’s a jubilant celebration of a woman letting her mischievous alter ego come out to play. For me as a listener, it’s horizon-stretching in all the right ways.

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TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light: So which one of these songs is NOT a type of light?


Artist: TV on the Radio
Album: Nine Types of Light
Year: 2011
Grade: B-

In Brief: Dear Science was better, but this is still a worthwhile follow-up with an ear for witty phrasings, sick beats, and a highly caffeinated social consciousness.

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TV on the Radio – Dear Science: Am I gonna need another converter box for this?


Artist: TV on the Radio
Album: Dear Science
Year: 2008
Grade: B

In Brief: Dear Science won’t change the world, but it might change your perception of “white music” and “black music”, and who’s allowed to make either one.

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