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Seasons of My Soul by Rumer (Music CD)

It’s interesting to me how choices I made as a child continue to shape my perceptions to this very day. Some examples include: Han Solo is cooler than Luke Skywalker, John Lennon is cooler than Paul McCartney, and cheese pizza … Continue reading

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Women and Country by Jakob Dylan (Music CD)

I was cruising through the NPR music links when I first heard Jakob Dylan singing “We Don’t Live Here Anymore.”  The whole package—music, lyrics, tone—caught my attention and I decided to check out the rest of his album, Women and … Continue reading

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Americana (Music CD) by Neil Young

Dedicated fans of Neil Young know he makes several kinds of albums.  You’ve got your introspective singer/songwriter records, such as “After the Gold Rush.”  You’ve got your folksy country, as on “Harvest” and its sequel “Harvest Moon”.   And you’ve got … Continue reading

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The Lady Killer by Cee Lo Green (Music CD)

I’m a big fan of Cee Lo Green as part of the group Gnarls Barkley, with their second album The Odd Couple rating as one of my Top 50 CDs of all time, so I was delighted to listen to … Continue reading

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Vagabonds (music CD), by Gary Louris

Gary Louris was a founding member of The Jayhawks, but it could be argued that he’s been doing his best work since the band went on “indefinite hiatus” in 2005. He has a superb voice, smoky but warm — yet even … Continue reading

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Band of Joy [CD], by Robert Plant

Back in the days when Led Zeppelin was still a going concern, my friends all seemed to worship guitarist Jimmy Page. And indeed, the man could play guitar; terrestrial radio (and now its satellite competitor, XM Sirius) still vibrates to … Continue reading

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Court Yard Hounds [CD], by Court Yard Hounds

“Court Yard Hounds” is an album of sturdy, listenable and sometimes delightful songs that arose out of frustration, or at least impatience: Dixie Chicks members (and sisters) Emily Robison and Martie Maguire wanted to record a new CD, but lead … Continue reading

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Putumayo Presents

If you have ever had any curiousity at all about the world of music, and the amazing diversity of rhythms, instruments, vocalizations, melodies and harmonies to be found outside of pop rock or classical, you would do well to listen … Continue reading

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Everything That Happens Will Happen Today [CD], by David Byrne and Brian Eno

David Byrne and Brian Eno’s 1981 album “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts” changed pop music forever. The “vocals” weren’t conventional pop- or rock-music vocals at all; instead they consisted of “found” voices such as those of radio personalities, Arabic … Continue reading

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No Line on the Horizon [CD], by U2

Every time I give up on these Irish rockers, they come back with something special. Their second album, 1981’s “October,” was a bit weak in the songwriting department, but their third, “War” (1983) was terrific. 1997’s “Pop” and 2000’s “All … Continue reading

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