EW reviews four hot new albums -- We take a look at titles by Dierks Bentley, Platinum Pied Pipers, and Goldie Lookin Chain, as well as a tribute to Billy Joe Shaver

A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver: Live

EW reviews four hot new albums


DIERKS BENTLEY Modern Day Drifter Bentley has a big, clean baritone and songs that are rooted in classic honky-tonk, Bakersfield twang, and bluegrass (the Del McCoury band and Alison Krauss guest). He also has a knack for turning traditional sounds into something altogether new. B+

PLATINUM PIED PIPERS Triple P PPP (producing partners Saadiq and Slum Village cofounder Waajeed) fluidly synch hip-hop boom-bap to full-bodied songwriting. Drunk-happy love letter ”I Got You,” featuring jazzy belle Tiombe Lockhart, is a soon-to-be cult soul classic. A-

VARIOUS ARTISTS A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver: Live This concert — with Robert Earl Keen and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, among others — celebrates the plainspoken bard of country songwriting. It’s no musical masterpiece, but the songs and stories flow as freely as cold beer on a hot afternoon. B

GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN Straight Outta Newport The U.K.’s belated answer to the Beastie Boys take intentionally cheap (and often very funny) shots at gangsta rap, rap-R&B love songs, Sherlock Holmes, and rock mishaps. Best line: ”That drummer from Def Leppard/His arm has made three times what he has.” B+

A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver: Live
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