Jenny Lewis: Joy’All [Album Review]

Jenny LewisJoy’AllBlue Note/Capitol Records [2023] There’s a determined, purposeful up-tempo feel on Jenny Lewis’ fifth solo project, the aptly titled Joy’All. It’s as if the former child actor and former Rilo Kiley singer has decided that little is gained by holding on to past harms when you can “follow your joy’all.” But she’s not living … Read more

Fire Track: Jenny Lewis – “Psychos”

Jenny Lewis has confirmed the release of her forthcoming album, Joy’All, arriving June 9th on Blue Note/Capitol Records. Accompanying the album’s announcement is the brand new single “Psychos,” you can check out above. Joy’All, the fifth solo album from Jenny and followup to 2019’s critically acclaimed On The Line (Warner Records), finds the singer-songwriter embarking … Read more

Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Boy Named If [Album Review]

Elvis Costello & The Imposters The Boy Named IfEMI/Capitol Records [2022] Forty five years and 37 albums – give or take if we count all his collaborative efforts – into his career as a recording artist, Elvis Costello is a known entity, we have a good idea what to expect from him, which is usually … Read more

EOB: Earth [Album Review]

EOB EarthCapitol Records [2020] EOB is the moniker used by Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien for this debut solo venture, Earth, the music of which he has said was inspired by a year of living in Brazil with his family and, oddly enough, the 1991 album from the band Primal Scream, Screamidelica. While we’ve heard several … Read more

Beck: Hyperspace [Album Review]

Beck Hyperspace Capitol Record [2019] Album Review: It has been a fun and curious thing to watch the evolution of Beck’s musical career from his breakout single, Loser in 1994 with its mix of lo-hi folk, hip-hop and blues influence and 2017’s Colors which was all glossy, polished synth pop with an 80’s retro vibe. … Read more

The Decemberists: I’ll Be Your Girl [Album Review]

The Decemberists I’ll Be Your Girl Capitol Records [2018] Fire Note Says: This one is a keeper. Album Review: When The Decemberists’ first single for I’ll Be Your Girl, “Severed” showed up on the appropriate alternative-friendly satellite radio stations a few weeks ago, I bet I wasn’t the only fan to begin worrying that the … Read more

My Morning Jacket: The Waterfall [Album Review]

My Morning Jacket The Waterfall Capitol Records [2015] Fire Note Says: My Morning Jacket shocks and awes on The Waterfall. Album Review: My Morning Jacket has returned from a four-year studio hiatus with their seventh studio album, The Waterfall. The new album serves to strengthen the band’s identity as an eclectic rock band with a … Read more

The Decemberists: What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World [Album Review]

The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World Capitol Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Lighter and a bit brighter, The Decemberists have greater focus on their 7th studio record. Album Review: The folky harmonica driven song that gives this 7th studio album from Portland, Oregon’s The Decemberists its title is “12-17-12,” a song … Read more

The Dandy Warhols: Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (13th Anniversary Edition) [Album Review]

The Dandy Warhols Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (13th Anniversary Edition) Capitol Records [2013] Fire Note Says: The Dandy Warhols celebrate Thirteen Tales with an expanded anniversary edition. Album Review: 2013 marks the thirteenth anniversary of The Dandy Warhols Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia and that probably leaves you saying – so what? Well in … Read more

2012 Holiday Album Spotlight (Part 1)

Like many of you, The Fire Note is always looking for some quality new Christmas music around this time of year. Depending on your taste it can be a little difficult to navigate the onslaught of releases but we found some albums that I think will make your eggnog go down smoother! Various Artists Christmas … Read more