Penguin Eggs

Record Reviews

Heartbreak Song for the Radio (Independent ) It’s two Lynnes, two Lynnes in one as dual singer/songwriters Lynne Hanson and Lynn Miles throw together for an enjoyable set of efficient country-rock tunes. There’s a pop sensibility at work here as…
If All I Was Was Black (Anti-) This third meeting between Mavis Staples and Jeff (Wilco) Tweedy turns out to be their most potent collaboration yet, an explicit political statement with 10 new songs the guitarist/producer wrote for the singer…
Deathfolk Blues Revisited (GFTB Records) Britain’s other Ian Anderson is 70 years old and instrumental to the growth and popularity of acoustic country blues since first hitting the coffee houses and speakeasys of the mid-’60s—and he’s still at it. Having…
There’s a Place (Independent) Sean McCann’s solo projects have tell of a man haunted by a past, using music to heal his own hurts. Upon leaving Great Big Sea, McCann acknowledged a problem with alcoholism and a secret past of…
Alive and Well (Far Flung Records) Big Little Lions, the cross-border musical partnership of Helen Austin and Paul Otten, have produced a timely selection of songs that capture the troubling times we are in, but with at least a little…