On their fifth album,The National moved towards fulfilling all the promise of their earlier work, with stronger songs, more direct lyrics, and a surprising execution.
Roxy Music combined intelligent lyrics with quirky sounds and polished performances that set the standards as the pinnacle of adult-oriented rock.
Team up the undisputed talents of Blackie and The Rodeo Kings in duets with a star-laden assembly of some of the finest female singers ever to grace a roots and country album and you have yourself a wonder of a record.
From the opening notes it was evident we were listening to a mix so splendid and inspiring it still calls for the strongest possible praise.
Our favorite country album of the past decade featured the pairing of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. If somehow you missed this one, it's never too late for some inspired listening.
'Rock Steady' has a consistent excellence that places it amongst the best jazz saxophone recordings of all time.
The creator of Cosmic American Music still throws a huge shadow as one of the true forerunners of Americana.