EW reviews four hot new albums -- We take a closer look at new releases by Adrienne Young & Little Sadie, John Hiatt, Brian Setzer, and 9th Wonder & Buckshot

Chemistry (Album)

EW reviews four hot new albums

ADRIENNE YOUNG & LITTLE SADIE The Art of Virtue (AddieBelle) Young gets preachy in the title track, but it’s preaching the gospel of. . .Ben Franklin! Few Americana upstarts would claim Poor Richard as a primary influence, but fewer could mix folkie conscience and bluegrass escapism as deftly as Young, who covers Uncle Dave Macon and the Dead. B+Chris Willman

JOHN HIATT Master of Disaster (New West) Ironic, sort of, that Hiatt would enlist members of a jam band, the North Mississippi Allstars, to back him this time, then record one of his most sedate, least jammy sets of songs ever. But they do help keep the analog edge on his playful ruefulness. BChris Willman

BRIAN SETZER Rockabilly Riot! Volume One: A Tribute to Sun Records (Surfdog) Having hung up his zoot suit and put the swing-oriented Brian Setzer Orchestra on ice, the ex-Stray Cat gets back to his rockabilly roots on this impressively authentic-sounding covers set. Go, cat, go! BTom Sinclair

9TH WONDER & BUCKSHOT Chemistry (Duck Down) Splicing and dicing old soul samples with the dexterity of DJ Premier, North Carolina’s 9th Wonder (Jay-Z) crafts consistently bumpin’ underground beats laced with Black Moon rapper Buckshot’s pointed honor-roll flow. B+Raymond Fiore

Chemistry (Album)
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