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Expert Witness: Wave of American Epics

New in Expert Witness:

  • American Epic: The Soundtrack (Legacy) A
  • The Rough Guide to Jug Band Blues (World Music Network) A
  • Mahalia Jackson: Moving On Up a Little Higher (Spirit Feel) B+
  • The Rough Guide to Gospel Blues (World Music Network) *
Expert Witness: Thrill-Chasing Daddy Issues and Punky Minimalists Girlpool

New in Expert Witness:

  • Daddy Issues: Can We Still Hang (Infinity Cat) A-
  • Daddy Issues: Deep Dream (Infinity Cat) A-
  • Girlpool: Powerplant (Anti-) B+
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff: Navigator (ATO) ***
  • Diet Cig: Swear I'm Good at This (Frenchkiss) **
  • I Am the Polish Army: My Old Man (self-released) *
Expert Witness: Movement and Polyrhythm in Africa

New in Expert Witness:

  • Les Amazones d'Afrique: République Amazone (RealWorld) A-
  • Oumou Sangaré: Mogoya (No Format) B+
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers (self-released) ***
  • Ibibio Sound Machine: Uyai (Merge) **

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Expert Witness: Rap's Early 2017 Victory

New in Expert Witness:

  • Kendrick Lamar: Damn. (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) A-
  • Migos: Culture (QC/YRN/300) A-
  • Migos: Y.R.N. 2 (Young Rich Niggas 2) (self-released) ***
  • Future: Hendrxx (Epic) **
  • Future: Future (Epic) *

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There's also an interview with Christgau at Sp!ked Review.

Expert Witness: Brad Paisley Is Anti-War, Anti-Hater, and at His Best

New in Expert Witness:

  • Brad Paisley: Love and War (Arista) A
  • Angaleena Presley: Wrangled (Mining Light) A-
  • Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Sidelong (Bloodshot) B+
Expert Witness: Ice T Spits Civil War, Matt North Sings Nashville, and Everyone Else Plays Chuck Berry

New in Expert Witness:

  • Body Count: Bloodlust (Century Media) A-
  • Matt North: Above Ground Fools (MattNorth.net) A-
  • Rock and Roll Music: The Songs of Chuck Berry (Ace) A-
  • Zeal & Ardor: Devil Is Fine (MVKA Music) A-
Expert Witness: American Teens, American Dreams

New in Expert Witness:

  • Khalid: American Teen (RCA) A
  • Kevin Abstract: American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story (Brockhampton) A-
  • Sampha: Process (Young Turks) **
  • Kingdom: Tears in the Club (Fade to Mind) *
Expert Witness: The New Pornographers Soar and Conor Oberst Grows Up

New in Expert Witness:

  • The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions (Collected Works/Concord) A
  • Conor Oberst: Salutations (Nonesuch) A-
  • The Shins: Heartworms (Columbia) ***
  • Spoon: Hot Thoughts (Matador) ***
  • The Old 97's: Graveyard Whistling (ATO) **
Expert Witness: The Western Sahara Isn't Big Enough

New in Expert Witness:

  • Mariem Hassan: La Voz Indómita (Nubenegra) A-
  • Orchestra Baobab: Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (Nonesuch) A-
  • Mariem Hassan & Vadiya Mint El Hanevi: Balla Sahara Balla (Nubenegra) B+
  • Tinariwen: Elwan (Anti-) **
  • Tamikrest: Kidal (Glitterbeat) **
Expert Witness: Stephin Merritt's Exceptional Life and Janet Weiss's Genius

New in Expert Witness:

  • The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (Nonesuch) A-
  • Craig Finn: We All Want the Same Things (Partisan) B+
  • Sleater-Kinney: Live in Paris (Sub Pop) B+

Also new by Robert Christgau:

Expert Witness: Punk Miracles

New in Expert Witness:

  • The Goon Sax: Up for Anything (Chapter Music) A-
  • Thurst: Cut to the Chafe (self-released) B+
  • Frontier Ruckus: Enter the Kingdom (Sitcom Universe) ***
  • Let's Eat Grandma: I, Gemini (PIAS America) ***
  • Stef Chura: Messes (Urinal Cake) **
  • Priests: Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon) **
  • Lithics: Borrowed Floors (Water Wing) *
  • Vagabon: Infinite Worlds (Father/Daughter) *

Also new by Robert Christgau:

Expert Witness: Love, Trophies, and Texas

New in Expert Witness:

  • Sunny Sweeney: Trophy (Thirty Tigers) A-
  • Becky Warren: War Surplus (self-released) A-
  • Whitney Rose: South Texas Suite (Six Shooter/Thirty Tigers) A-
Expert Witness: On Syd's Depth and Resonance

New in Expert Witness:

  • Nnamdi Ogbonnaya: DROOL (Father/Daughter/Sooper) A-
  • Syd: Fin (Epic) A-
  • NxWorries: Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge: Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw) ***
  • John Legend: Darkness and Light (Columbia) **
Expert Witness: Gypsy Horns and Erotic Lullabies

New in Expert Witness:

  • Tom Zé: Cancoes Eroticas Para Ninar (Irara) A-
  • Fanfare Ciocarlia: 20 (Asphalt Tango) A-
  • The Klezmatics: Apikorsim/Heretics (World Village) B+
Expert Witness: An Incorrigibly Courteous Liar's Last Act

New in Expert Witness:

  • Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker (Columbia) A-
  • Jens Lekman: Oh You're So Silent Jens (Secretly Canadian '05) A-
  • Jens Lekman: When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog (Secretly Canadian '04) B+
  • Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now (Secretly Canadian) A
  • Allison Crutchfield: Tourist in This Town (Merge) **
  • Angel Olsen: My Woman (Jagjaguwar) *
Expert Witness: Danny Brown Times Three

New in Expert Witness:

  • Ab-Soul: Do What Thou Wilt (Top Dawg Entertainment) A-
  • Danny Brown: XXX (Fool's Gold '11) A-
  • Danny Brown: Old (Fool's Gold '13) A-
  • Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition (Warp) B+
  • Danny Brown: The Hybrid (Deluxe Edition) (Hybric Music '11) ***
  • Ab-Soul: These Days (Top Dawg Entertainment '14) *
Expert Witness: Up, Down, and All Over the Place

New in Expert Witness:

  • Injury Reserve: Floss (Las Fuegas) A-
  • The Hamilton Mixtape (Atlantic) A-
  • Injury Reserve: Live From the Dentist Office (Las Fuegas) B+
  • Atmosphere: Fishing Blues (Rhymesayers) ***
  • Noname: Telefone (self-released) ***
  • Ka: Honor Killed the Samurai (Iron Works) **
  • J. Cole: For Your Eyez Only (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) *
  • Kool A.D.: Official (self-released) *
  • Battle Hymns (quasiband.com) A-
Expert Witness: The Strangest Songs of Neil Young's Career, and More

New in Expert Witness:

  • The Highwaymen: The Very Best of the Highwaymen (Columbia/Legacy) A-
  • Dave Van Ronk: Down in Washington Square (Smithsonian Folkways) A-
  • The Rough Guide to Hillbilly Blues (World Music Network) B+
  • Neil Young: Peace Trail (Reprise) ***
  • Chartbusters USA: Special Country Edition (Ace) ***
  • Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie's 26 Northwest Songs (Smithsonian Folkways) *

Also, a minor site update:

Expert Witness: Afropop with Noura Mint Seymali, Awa Poulu, and More

New in Expert Witness:

  • African Rumba (Putumayo) A
  • Noura Mint Seymali: Arbina (Glitterbeat) A-
  • Awa Poulu: Poulo Warali (Awesome Tapes From Africa) B+
  • Aly Keita/Jan Gallega Bronnimann/Lucas Niggli: Kalo-Yele (Intakt) ***
  • Brian Chilala & Ngoma Zasu: Vangaza! (SWM) ***
  • Youssou Ndour: Africa Rekk (Sony Music) **
  • Fofoulah: Fofoulah (Glitterbeat) *
Expert Witness:

New in Expert Witness:

  • Run the Jewels: RTJ3 (self-released) A-
  • T.I.: Us or Else: Letter to the System (Grand Hustle/Roc Nation) A-
  • Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman: Lice Two: Still Buggin' (Rhymesayers/Stones Throw download) ***
  • Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland (Blackball Universe) ***
  • Death Grips: Bottomless Pit (Harvest/Third Worlds) **
  • YG: Still Brazy (Def Jam) *

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