Reviews of Low, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X & More, Plus Guest Desert Island Jukebox

As we move into fall, there’s an abundance of new music to review. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a review roundup, sharing their thoughts on new music from artists like Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X, Low and Amyl and the Sniffers. Plus, we’ll hear from past Sound Opinions guests about the desert island jukebox songs that can’t live without. 

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Montero Lil Nas X


In 2019 Lil Nas X made history with his chart-topping single “Old Town Road.” Now his full-length debut album is out: Montero. Jim and Greg ponder whether his music could ever live up to his larger-than-life persona.

Comfort To Me Amyl and the Sniffers


Amyl and the Sniffers are an Australian punk band working in the tradition of X-Ray Spec and The Plasmatics. Their second album, Comfort To Me, doesn't break new ground, but is great nonetheless if you ask Jim and Greg.

Star-Crossed Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves starcrossed

With Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves won not only critical acclaim, but also massive commercial success. Her follow-up, Star-Crossed, details her experience getting divorced.



On Low's thirteenth studio album, HEY WHAT partners Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk continue the electronic experimentation they added on their previous album, Double Negative. Greg especially appreciates the interplay of the noise and beautiful harmony vocals.

Guest Buried Treasures

We ask all our favorite guests to choose a song or an album to add to the Desert Island Jukebox, aka songs they can’t live without. This time we hear picks from Richard Thompson, Dawn Richard, Art d’Ecco, Steve Cropper and Damon Locks.

Guest Picks

  • Steve Cropper, Otis Redding, "Nobody’s Fault But Mine"
  • Damon Locks, Duke Ellington, "Afrique}"
  • Richard Thompson, Janet Baker, "Ich Bin Die Welt Abhanden Gekommen"
  • Dawn Richard, Bjork, Vulnicura
  • Art d’Ecco, Brian Eno, "Needles in the Camel’s Eye"

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