With voice a hybrid of Gordon Lightfoot and Roger Whittaker, it is no wonder that Ewen Carruthers has a solid following worldwide and certainly no wonder that When Time Turns Around has gained critical praise from all corners, but the key to this album lies in the songs. Twelve beauties found their way here, each a story in itself and presented in a simple, straightforward style pretty much missing in today's world of music. They are more toward the middle of the road than you might think, but they are Carruthers, pure and simple.
"Ewen Carruthers „One red shoe“ erscheint zunächst als ein weiteres, sehr exzellent aufgenommenes, sehr entspanntes, überaus ruhiges, aber vielleicht geradezu harmloses Album. Denn seinen wahren Inhalt offenbart es nur all jenen, die genauer hinhören, und sich nicht von der mitunter sehr sanftmütigen, warmen Stimme des Künstlers dazu verleiten lassen, dieses Album einfach nur oberflächlich und beiläufig wahrzunehmen. Der Kontrast aus zumeist sanft vorgetragenen Folk-Klängen und sehr tiefgründigen, reflektierten Gleichnissen in den Texten ist es, der dieses Album so spannend und hörenswert macht. Denn die ausgefeilten, zumeist als Gleichnisse verfassten Texte drücken viel aus und lassen dem Zuhörer Platz für eigene Assoziationen." ~sempre-audio
This one-disc run through Underworld's 20-year career serves a purpose, yet newcomers should know this prime techno act already has a couple of necessary albums (Dubnobasswithmyheadman and Second Toughest in the Infants), plus there's a companion release to this set (1992-2012) that features the "real" full-length versions of most of these cuts, although you do have to shell out for a second disc. On top of this all, folks intrigued by Underworld generally fall in love with them, so this gateway drug will likely become redundant.
In 2016, as he was preparing for the release of Reflection, Brian Eno admitted that he wasn't quite sure what the term "ambient music" even means anymore. It's been used to describe everything from atmospheric techno to tense, foreboding sound sculptures. For him, it's always referred to generative compositions, unrestricted by time constraints or rhythmic structures, and often left to chance. Reflection continues with the type of albums he initiated with 1975's untouchable Discreet Music. The piece slowly unfolds over the course of an hour, with notes calmly being suspended in mid-air, only to drift away and pop up later at their leisure.
Evidently, Brian Setzer doesn't take the jump blues and swing of the Brian Setzer Orchestra as a joke. Dirty Boogie is his third album with his large band, and instead of sounding tired, the record is the group's best effort yet. Setzer rocks the band hard, tearing through blues and rock & roll covers with vigor, and delivering made-to-order originals that are surprisingly well crafted and memorable. Much attention will be paid to "You're the Boss," a cover of the Elvis Presley/Ann Margaret staple from Viva Las Vegas, performed as a duet with No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, but that's hardly the only highlight here – it's a swinging, rocking record that suggests Setzer's skills are only improving with time.