The Autumn DefenseFifth/Yep Roc Records
When not rocking out with Wilco, multi-instrumentalists John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone dish out smooth '70s-sounding pop as The Autumn Defense. Their latest and fifth release, the appropriately titled "Fifth," comes four years after their last effort.
The wait was worth it.
The Autumn Defense is all about melodic hooks and harmonies. Fans looking for some of the rougher musical edges that Wilco dives into will be disappointed. The approach is clearly on display with the opening track, "None of This Will Matter."
Stirratt and Sansone find a groove and stick with it through all 12 tracks.
That consistency can be either monotonous or entrancing, sometimes both at the same time.
The songs' lyrics touch on feelings of melancholy, longing, sadness, love and depression.
Watch out, Wilco. The Autumn Defense is on the offensive.
By Scott Bauer, Associated Press
Wayne MarshallTru Colors/Ghetto Youths International
Some 10 years after the release of "Marshall Law," Jamaican reggae artist Wayne Marshall has released "Tru Colors," a diverse 13-track collection under the supervision of Damian Marley on the Ghetto Youths International label.
Written mostly by Marshall, the long-awaited record covers a broad range of topics and showcases collaborations with veteran dancehall artists Assassin, Bounty Killer, Tarrus Riley and Capleton.
The standout track is the catchy anthem "Stupid Money," featuring Assassin. With a delivery that rides smoothly alongside Marshall's vocal, a hip-hop beat and children singing the hook, it's reminiscent of Jay Z's "Hard Knock Life."
The title track sees an honest Marshall calling out disloyalty and deceit among fake friends over a lively mid-tempo beat.
"Tru Colors" is well put together and delivers a refreshing curve to the dancehall game, outshining Marshall's previous releases.
By Biana Roach, Associated Press