Collected Works: Music
Short introductions to albums or compositions from 1965 to 2016.
A roundup of the albums featured in the Collected Works: Music column in 2017, from Ege Bamyasi to Hejira.
Clones, the campaign for equality, and Clair de Lune all feature on this manifold album by Janelle Monáe.
Sun Ra composed this futuristic jazz album to accompany the blaxploitation film of the same name.
Tyres turn on sandy highways and jazz inflections abound in this road trip album by Joni Mitchell.
We watch the life of a promising composer play out in reverse in this musical by Stephen Sondheim.
Majesty, mystery, and mythology pervade every track of this prog rock album by The Alan Parsons Project.
A tangle of timbres, from whistling synths to pattered percussion, emerge on Fever Ray's ghostly debut album.
Kraftwerk act as self-styled scientists on this album, and their electronic experiments crackle with energy.
Accordion, fiddle, and acoustic guitar lines are expertly laced together in this inventive folk album by Lau.
Romantic ballads sit next to perceptive social commentary on Tracy Chapman's debut album.
Fifties music hall songs are dusted down and distorted in this poignant ambient album by The Caretaker.
Regina Spektor ponders orcas and owls, cigarettes and cocaine, floods and frotteurism on her fourth album.
Power chords and bebop parodies coexist on this eclectic jazz album by the Esbjörn Svensson Trio.
Can stir up a sonic soup on this assorted album, using ingredients from rock, minimalism, and jazz.
Shouts, moans, and strange sounds ricochet about the void in this avant-garde string quartet by George Crumb.
Deafheaven bludgeon us with a wall of percussion, screams, and guitar on this cacophonous blackgaze album.
Stina Nordenstam showcases her timid, inimitable voice on this introspective acoustic album.