Little Big Town
The Breaker
2 1/2 STARS
There was a time when Little Big Town wrote nearly all of the songs that appeared on their albums. During that period they could easily be described as a modern day Fleetwood Mac. Those days are long gone, though. The lead single on The Breaker, “Better Man,” is a ballad penned by Taylor Swift. As one would expect, it’s catchy and has already climbed to #1 on the Billboard country chart. That’s all well and good if that’s what you’re going for as an artist. The Breaker is very ballad-heavy. Fans who’ve been around for the 15-year ride will not be impressed.

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Old 97s
Graveyard Whistling
Sticking to a formula has kept the Old 97s on the alt-country map for nearly two and a half decades. On their 11th studio album, frontman Rhett Miller duets with Brandi Carlile on “Good with God” and leaves a trail of other highlights including “All Who Wander,” “Nobody,” and “Turns Out I’m Trouble.”

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Symfonia: Live in Bulgaria 2013
After the death of bassist/singer John Wetton in January, the band is letting their 2-disc live record serve as a well-deserved memorial. Asia will never be the same without the voice of Wetton. (The band will continue to tour with Journey in 2017 with Billy Sherwood from Yes singing.) You’ll need to be a fan of progressive rock to truly appreciate this live set, but everyone knows songs like “Don’t Cry,” “Only Time Will Tell,” and “Heat of the Moment.”

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