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    • Real Estate’s Martin Courtney Announces Solo Album, Shares “Northern Highway” Video
      Last month Real Estate's Martin Courtney shared "Vestiges," a solo song that also featured members of Woods. Now he has announced his debut solo album and shared a video for another song from it. Many Moons is due out October 30 via Domino. Below you can watch the video for "Northern Highway," which doesn't sound a million miles […]
    • Chromatics Cover Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” For MANGO Fashion Ad
      Johnny Jewel and his band Chromatics are expected to release a new full-length album entitled Dear Tommy sometime this year, although no official release date has been announced yet. In the meantime, while we wait for the full on official follow up to Chromatics' widely acclaimed 2012 album Kill For Love, we can hear 30 seconds of the band's cover […]
    • Phil Collins Recreates His Classic Album Covers With Photos of Him Now for Deluxe Reissues
      1980s hitmaker and Genesis frontman/drummer Phil Collins will be releasing deluxe reissues of two of his albums on November 6 via Atlantic, his 1981 debut solo album Face Value and 1993's Both Sides.
    • Watch: Cheatahs - “Seven Sisters” Video
      Mythologies is the follow-up to 2014's self-titled debut album and the more recent EPs Sunne and Murasaki. Below is the "Seven Sisters" video, followed by the band's upcoming U.K. tour dates. 
    • Neko Case to Release Career-Spanning Vinyl Box Set, Shares Trailer and Announces Tour
      Neko Case is set to release her entire solo discography on vinyl as part of a box set entitled Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule. It's due out November 13 via ANTI- and below you can watch a trailer for it. She has also announced some tour dates in which she will be performing as a quartet for the first time in 14 years and playing songs from across her cata […]
    • River Song to Return to “Doctor Who” For This Year’s Christmas Special
      The BBC have announced that the fan-favorite character River Song will be returning to Doctor Who for this year's Christmas special, which is expected to air on BBC America on Christmas Day, as they do every year. Alex Kingston's character, also The Doctor's wife, first appeared in the show opposite David Tennant's Tenth Doctor for a two- […]
    • New Order Announces “Restless” Remixes and Shares Agoria Remix of the Song
      On September 25 New Order are releasing Music Complete, their first studio album in a decade, first for their new label Mute, and first not to feature founding member Peter Hook (but it sees the return of founding member Gillian Gilbert). They have already shared the album's first single, "Restless," which is also the album's opening trac […]
    • Garbage Announce 20th Anniversary Reissue of Debut Album, Share Previously Unreleased Track
      Garbage previously announced the "20 Years of Queer Tour" in which they will play in its entirety their 1995-released excellent self-titled debut album (which featured the singles "Queer," "Only Happy When It Rains," "Stupid Girl," "Vow," and "Milk"). Now the band (Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Stev […]
    • Wonder Woman Issues #41-43
      Wonder Woman's relaunch with the New 52 was one of the more celebrated series, however, the retooling of her origin at the hands of her current creative team late last year was certainly not above criticism, and Wonder Woman has been trudging along since.
    • Listen: Battles - “FF Bada”
      Battles are releasing their new album, La Di Da Di, on September 18 via their longtime label Warp. It's the band's third full-length and their first since 2011's Gloss Drop. 
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    • Freja - 'Young Heart' September 3, 2015
      Taken from debut EP 'White Magic Spells'Freja is part of Copenhagen's ever-blossoming creative scene, a young musician who grabs her influences from many different places. Intoxicating debut EP 'White Magic Spells' will be released on October 9th, a bewitching introduction to a talent who is not easy to pin down. New cut 'Young […]
    • Premiere: Sudakistan - 'Mundo Mamon' September 3, 2015
      Directed and edited by Maikel Gonzalez...Sudakistan have been making a noise for some time now. Stand out sets at the likes of the Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia have placed the band on the map, with their frenzied live shows almost literally breaking on through to the other side. Debut album 'Caballo Negro' will be released on Oct […]
    • Premiere: The Leaf Library - 'Tilting' September 3, 2015
      From new album 'Daylight Versions'There's something innately ghost-like about The Leaf Library. The band's dream-like aural sculptures seem to float past on the breeze, half-there and half-not. Pastoral and deeply English, their spectral meditations touch on everything from meteorology, the seasons to the Suffolk coastline. A lingering pr […]
    • Suede Tease New Material September 3, 2015
      Could a new album be on the way?Suede's reformation posed a number of questions: could the band match the infernal energy of those early live shows? Could new material live up to their legacy? The answer, it seems, was an emphatic 'yes'. New album 'Blood Sports' was released in 2012, sparking a flurry of excitement amongst fans. Now, […]
    • The Weeknd, Chemical Brothers For Apple Music Festival September 3, 2015
      Take That, James Bay, Leon Bridges added...The Apple Music Festival may be newly re-branded, but its commitment to stellar shows stretches back to the success of the iTunes Festival. Grabbing hold of the Roundhouse in North London, the festival has just added a plethora of huge names to its line up. The Weeknd is set to play the Roundhouse, fresh from the en […]
    • Listen: Kelela Shares New Track 'Rewind' September 3, 2015
      From forthcoming EP 'Hallucinogen'Kelela is set to release new EP 'Hallucinogen' through Warp Records on October 9th. An emphatic return, the singer has trailed the EP with brand new track 'Rewind'. Co-produced by Kingdom, Nugget, and Kelela, it's a sensational piece of shimmering, polished-chrome R&B tailor made for th […]
    • Battles Post New Track 'FF Bada' September 2, 2015
      Uproariously good fun...Battles have a reputation - rightly earned - for producing cerebral, deeply intelligent music. But the trio can also be uproariously good fun. New album 'La Di Da Di' is forthcoming, and it contains more than a few moments of genuine, smile-inducing fun. Such as 'FF Bada'. Tossing and turning, continually evolving, […]
    • Premiere: Kimberly Anne - 'Bury It There' (Everything Everything Remix) September 2, 2015
      A dazzlingly inventive remix...Kimberly Anne's new single 'Bury It There' is a dazzling introduction. Short staccato phrases build in intensity, with the melody seeming to mark both defiance and a sense of insecurity. Seeming to come from somewhere quite personal, Kimberly Anne explains that the lyrics are "about the realisation that you […]
    • Influences: Oh Wonder September 2, 2015
      The sounds that inspire...Oh Wonder woke up one morning with a plan. The two-piece decided to release a song per month over the space of a year, building up into a full album project. The band's debut album will be released on September 4th, a vivid collection of dreamy pop songs which never forget to push back the boundaries. Clash invited Oh Wonder to […]
    • Neko Case Announces Expansive Box Set September 2, 2015
      It's called 'Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule'Neko Case is set to collate her entire discography on a new eight part box set. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl, 'Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule' will feature newly re-mastered editions of Neko's studio output. Alongside this, a limited edition 80-page full color photography book designed and cu […]
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    • 9/2: BRUCE DICKINSON RECAP & PODCAST, LABOR DAY SPECIAL, FARM ROCK, MORE September 2, 2015
      Had a great couple days with Bruce Dickinson in NYC. Monday Bruce dropped by my live SiriusXM show and sat in for about an hour talking Maiden and taking calls. That interview is now available on demand on the SiriusXM app. Just search my name or Trunk Nation. Last night over 200 people came out […]
    • DUE TO FRONTMAN LEMMY KILIMISTER’S ON GOING HEALTH ISSUES, MOTORHEAD CANCELS AUSTIN SHOW AFTER THREE SONGS September 2, 2015
      Motorhead were forced to stop last night’s (9/1) show in Austin after just two songs as frontman Lemmy Kilmister continues to battle health problems. According to Glide Magazine, the band only played three songs — Damage Case, Stay Clean and We Are Motörhead — before a “fatigued and winded” Lemmy announced the next song, Metropolis, […]
    • IRON MAIDEN FRONTMAN BRUCE DICKINSON SAYS HE THINKS HIS CANCER CAME FROM AN STD September 2, 2015
      Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was guest on Eddie’s August 31st broadcast of his Sirius/XM show, Eddie Trunk Live. Portions of the interview appear below as transcribed by blabbermouth.net. Discussing what he believes caused his tongue and neck cancer: “It’s a virus. HPV — human papilloma virus. They all are. I’m almost willing to bet, […]
    • GEOFF TATE’S OPERATION: MINDCRIME RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR “THE STRANGER” September 2, 2015
      Operation: Mindcrime – the band fronted by former Queensryche man Geoff Tate – have released a lyric video for their song The Stranger from their forthcoming album, The Key. Watch it below. To watch a video for the song, Re-Inventing The Future, go here. To read more about The Key, and to view a track […]
    • W.A.S.P. RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR THE SONG “SCREAM” FROM THE FORTHCOMING “GOLGOTHA” ALBUM September 1, 2015
      W.A.S.P. have released a lyric video for the song, Scream, from the band’s forthcoming Golgotha album, due out October 2nd. Watch the clip below. “Scream was the track we felt really opened the album with the kick we were looking for,” says singer Blackie Lawless. “The animation on the video is outstanding and truly takes […]
    • SAMMY HAGAR ANNOUNCES A BOOK TOUR September 1, 2015
      Singer Sammy Hagar will be out on the road promoting his latest project, Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook, due for publication September 15th. He will begin the book tour the day before it arrives in stores, appearing at Bookends in Ridgewood, N.J., and he’s currently scheduled to make seven […]
    • 8/31: DEF LEP CRUISE, BRUCE DICKINSON, VMAs, FARM ROCK August 31, 2015
      Last call to enter to win a cabin for 2 on the Def Leppard cruise I will be hosting in January. Please be sure to enter if interested under the Contests tab on this site. Closing it out after Labor Day weekend and picking a winner shortly after. Good luck! More cool contests coming including […]
    • MOTORHEAD FRONTMAN LEMMY KILMISTER DISCUSSES THE BAND’S NEW ALBUM AND HIS HEALTH August 28, 2015
      [Note: This interview was conducted prior to Motorhead’s August 27th concert in in Salt Lake City, Utah. That show ended after only four songs because frontman Lemmy Kilmister told the crowd he was finding it difficult to breathe. This follows reports from Los Angeles on August 22nd, where some fans said the 69-year-old appeared unsteady […]
    • 8/27: A REPORT FROM AC/DC LAST NIGHT IN NJ August 27, 2015
      Caught AC/DC last night in NJ at Metlife Stadium (which as a lifelong Giants fan will always be GIANTS Stadium to me and many others). Was real curious how they would hold up at this stage of their career. Brian is in his late 60’s, stadium size stage, and music that needs to be played […]
    • HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, FEATURING ALICE COOPER, JOE PERRY, JOHNNY DEPP, AND OTHERS, RELEASE AN AUDIO VIDEO OF THE WHO’S “MY GENERATION” August 27, 2015
      Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup featuring Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and others have released am audio video for their cover version of The Who’s, My Generation. Listen to it below. The band recently announced that it will be playing only two shows Stateside at the Roxy, on the fabled Sunset Strip, on September 16th […]
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Best Albums of 2012: Brandi Carlile ‘Bear Creek’

Posted by falconi5 on July 12, 2012


album review from allmusic

Named in honor of the converted turn-of-the-century Washington barn where it was recorded, Brandi Carlile‘s fourth studio outing, the rough and tumble, sweet and soulful Bear Creek, is as fiery as it is bucolic. Carlile‘s wonderfully expressive voice is as tailor-made for country as it is for roots rock, and the 13 cuts on Bear Creek lean heavily on the former, striking a nice balance between the nuanced twang of Alison Krauss and the bluesy cockiness of Bonnie Raitt, especially on the spirited, boot-stomping opener “Hard Way Home,” the sweet and steady “Keep Your Heart Young,” and the gospel-kissed howler “Raise Hell.” The notion of diminishing youth (Carlile turned 30 during the making of the album) plays a pivotal role on Bear Creek, and contributes to some of its finest moments. Both “A Promise to Keep,” with its soft cadence, deft fingerpicking, and stoic refrain of “The hill I’m walking up is getting good and steep,” and the lush and languid closer “Just Kids” manage to bask in the sepia glow of nostalgia without disappearing into the past, which is an attribute that Carlile, with her old-school melodic sense and genuine flair for Roy Orbison/Patsy Cline melodrama, displayed with 2007’s blistering future American Idol standard “The Story.” Four albums in, Carlile has honed her distinctly retro brand of Northwest Americana down to science, and Bear Creek feels both easy and immediate, which is usually what happens when talented artists finally figure out who they are, and that heartache, failure, defiance, and confidence can all go to the dance together.

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