February 10, 2017
Rosalías debut flamenco album packs a punch with her unrestrained vocals and raw instrumentals (primarily the guitar, with a violing guest appearance at the end of the first track). Los Angelés is not recommended to be played often because of its intense sadness, but few albums will match the emotional expression it can provide listeners.
- Kylie Lynne
After a marijuana bust scuttled their original burst of success, Doug Sahm revived the Sir Douglas Quintet in California in 1968, cutting the first of five albums for Mercury Records and their affiliates. All of them are collected on this superb box set, along with numerous rarities and outtakes. Blending roots rock, garage punk, blues, country, norteño, and plentiful other flavors, this is a deep, rich dive into the catalog of a glorious American original.
- Mark Deming