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Monthly Archive for December, 2012

“As a rule, tribute recordings are a mixed bag; they tend to be well-intentioned yet fall short of the mark musically. Jamey Johnson’s Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran is a risky offering because it’s his follow-up to 2010′s Grammy-nominated, gold-selling Guitar Song. …Living for a Song is not so much to [...]

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Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll

“For only the second time in her career, jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall deviates from her tried, true m.o. of covering easily identifiable jazz standards. …Glad Rag Doll is not the sound of Krall reinventing herself so much as it’s the comfortable scratching of an old, persistent itch. The warmth, sophistication, humor, and immediacy [...]

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“K’NAAN['s] 2012 effort, Country, God or the Girl, another grand step down the Wyclef and U2 road where you’ll find sincerity, grandness, poignancy, political anthems, and big productions. …K’NAAN’s a rock-solid songwriter with a charismatic delivery that rains down sparks of cool guy and clever, so call this familiar but rewarding one ‘Gracedland’ or just [...]

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Green Day: Uno!

“[T]his brisk, cheerful collection of pop is a relief after the operatic ambitions of 21st Century Breakdown. The hooks fly furiously, the attack is precise and the hooks, in both the melodies and riffs, are so huge, they gleefully bludgeon doubters into blissful submission. It’s the work not of punks but of road warriors eager [...]

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“Martha Wainwright is an artist who has absolutely no fear of emotional honesty, a quality that has long figured strongly in her work…and she has plenty to open up about on her fifth album. …Come Home to Mama isn’t always an easy or cheery listen, but anyone familiar with Martha Wainwright’s work knows not to [...]

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“This journey through the concrete jungle of Compton is worth taking because of the artistic richness within, plus the attraction of a whip-smart rapper flying high during his rookie season. Any hesitation about the horror of it all is quickly wiped away by Kendrick’s mix of true talk, open heart, open mind, and extended hand. [...]

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