In 2005 Lee Hazlewood was diagnosed with cancer, and set about making a swan song. Cake or Death is a rich culmination of his life's work, organizing his off-kilter notions and willful absurdities into one handy package. “Nothing” finds a still-libidinous older guy (“Probably me,” he admits via phone in a recent interview) hitting on an uncooperative German chick; “She's Gonna Break Some Heart Tonight” is a mariachi-flavored do-bad country song. “Baghdad Knights” and “Anthem” blast Republican politics — “There's not too many old Southern super-liberals sitting around,” he says proudly.
By Philip Sherburne on 04.22.11 in Reviews
You might not guess Cortney Tidwell hails from Nashville; her accent betrays no particular region, and despite the guitar tremolo and shuffling acoustic chords of her original recording, the song's about as obviously...
By Ian Gittins on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Amiina have long hummed and sketched in the shadow of their Icelandic compatriots Sigur Ros, with whom they have sporadically toured since 2005. This immaculately poised debut album, however, earns them a glowing reputat...
By Amelia Raitt on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Both Cortney Tidwell's grandfather and mother performed at the Grand Ole Opry, but you'd be hard-pressed to hear it in her debut album. More often than not, Tidwell is busy crafting the sorts of sonic landscapes...
By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.