On the Record: Maroon 5, Beachwood Sparks, R. Kelly and More

By Bill Chenevert
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For Fans Of: Gram Parsons/the Byrds x Lambchop, Dusty/Neil, slide guitar, Patchouli.


Sonny & the Sunsets

Longtime Companion

(Polyvinyl Records)

Sounds Like: Sonny Smith’s 10-year relationship is the source for much of this country-themed set of songs about affairs, drinkin’ too much and sadness.

Free Association: It’s his songs, not his wonky voice, that give this LP so much charm.

For Fans Of: The Flying Burrito Brothers + Neko Case/Jolie Holland, sad bastards.


R. Kelly

Write Me Back


Sounds Like: Kels is back with a sequel to 2010’s stellar Love Letter—this one’s more retro-inspired with old-school soulfulness but a little more disco.

Free Association: Teddy Pendergrass would be proud—someone’s gotta make ladies swoon.

For Fans Of: Barry White x Usher/D’Angelo, Luther Vandross + Tank, golden-era soul.


A Place To Bury Strangers


(Dead Oceans)

Sounds Like: The N.Y.-based noise band’s third is a post-punk blast of 11 strong new tracks of ominous rock for lovers of gothic chaos.

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