Music Reviews

by John Baccigaluppi

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Silver Bell

Reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

I've been a fan of Patty Griffin's since I heard her first album, Living With Ghosts in 1996. The record is just Griffin solo with her acoustic guitar, and the sound quality is pretty rough. It sounds...

 |  No. 95

: Silver Silver

reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

This is one of my favorite records I've heard lately, with some of the most interesting production and arrangements. It reminds me of some of the best work of Mitchell Froom [Tape Op #10] and Valgeir...

 |  No. 89

: Home Again

reviewed by John Baccigaluppi, Larry Crane

I just sat through several hours of SiriusXM's "The Coffee House" radio station while I was grabbing some Internet and espresso at a tiny café. The endless parade of shitty cover songs,...

 |  No. 83

: Coming Home

reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

This solo album from Ms. Björklund, a pedal steel session musician, showed up in the Tape Op PO Box and being a fan of her chosen instrument I put it on expecting at best some instrumental...

 |  No. 79

: Roman Candle

reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

As we're reviewing contributors here, we can't end this column without mentioning our own editor, Larry Crane. The last time he passed through town, he dropped a vinyl copy of this remastered album...

 |  No. 77

: Go

reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

Never one to sit still, Sigur Rós vocalist Jónsi has finished his second record outside of his band since Riceboy Sleeps by Jónsi and Alex was released last year. While that album...

 |  No. 74

: Have a Holly Raleigh Kidsmas

reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

Every year Jeff Carroll at Bluefield Mastering sends me a really cool comp CD of Christmas music from Raleigh NC area artists that usually gets to me about three days after our Nov/Dec issue has...

 |  No. 74

: Throw Me Away

reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

I was fortunate to work with The Mumlers on their last album, Thickets and Stitches, doing some pinch-hit vocal overdubs before frequent Tape Op contributor Thom Monahan mixed the record at The...

 |  No. 73

: Oh My God Charlie Darwin

reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

I'd heard good things about this album and when I finally got the chance to hear it, I was a convert too. Sometimes it's folky and sometimes noisy, but it's always interesting and a beautiful listen...

 |  No. 70

: The Empyrean

reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

When I interviewed John and his engineer Ryan Hewitt for Tape Op #61 in February of 2007, they were in the middle of making this record. Between John's touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and...

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