- THE DECEMBERISTS: PICARASQUE: 2005: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One thing I like about this group is their songs aren’t the standard silly love songs you get from a lot of groups and I also like hearing the non-standard rock group instruments that they play. One of their best albums.
- THE DECEMBERISTS: PICARESQUETIES:EP 2005: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A companion disc to the above Picaresuque album. 5 songs. The Decemberists like to put out EPs.
- PAUL MCCARTNEY: MCCARTNEY: 1970: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Paul’s solo debut- where he played everything on the album. It received mixed reviews then but years later it is looked at more favorable- some reviewers even saying this DIY album was a trend setter the beginning of lo-fi. It has aged better- the emotions at the time- of Paul leaving The Beatles etc- have been forgotten. The album has some charm. It is one of two post- Beatles albums of Paul’s that are on the 1001 albums to hear list.
- JIM CARROLL BAND: CATHOLIC BOY: 1980: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The poet-author turned rock star with his debut which featured the classic “People Who Died” which still gets a lot of airplay nearly 30 years later. After hearing that song on the radio I went out and bought the album- and was not disappointed. Day And Night, Nothing Is True, Wicked Gravity, It’s Too Late and Catholic Boy highlights- very solid and enjoyable album. The highlight of his career in music.
- LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: LAW AND ORDER: 1981: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I’ve always been more of a Buckingham fan than a Fleetwood Mac fan. His solo debut- released a year or so after Tusk- the group was still together at this point. Trouble was a hit #9 but the album overall is a strong one- 8 Buckingham originals and 3 cover songs including September Song. Buckingham played nearly everything on the album
- THE MASTERSONS: BIRDS FLY SOUTH: 2012: The Mastersons- a husband and wife team have been opening up and playing in Steve Earle’s band now for a decade. This is their debut album- they now have three out and will soon be recording another. I think this is their best album-