My review of Sam Phillips’s Solid State has been posted.

Read it in its entirety here. An excerpt:

The most common ailment amongst music critics is fifth Beatle syndrome.

Sure, there were people like Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe, who were actually the fifth and sixth members of the Beatles, historically speaking. But this is not what I mean. No, music critics have long made a party pastime of pinning the fifth-member tail on the Beatles’ donkey. When we hear an artist whose songcraft recalls that of the Beatles, our brains tell us, “This artist could’ve been in the Beatles, by Jove! There were four Beatles – this musician could’ve been the fifth one!