Tuesday, June 15, 2010
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 6/15/10
ARIF MARDIN- ALL MY FRIENDS ARE HERE
Last recording by the legendary producer with help from Bette Midler, Chaka Khan, Norah Jones, Dr. John, and David Sanborn for starters.
STEVE CROPPER & FELIX CAVALIERE- MIDNIGHT FLYER
If at first....
Two legends try again for the magic that seemed to elude them on their first collaboration, "Nudge It Up A Notch."
GASLIGHT ANTHEM- AMERICAN SLANG
The Goo Goo Dolls have been doing this for years, and no one's going apeshit over them. This is an average rock and roll record by an average rock and roll band and man, if they don't sound exactly like The Goo Goo Dolls.
BUY IT, IF YOU MUST--->http://www.amazon.com/American-Slang-Gaslight-Anthem/dp/B003FK8V7G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1276601131&sr=1-1
CHRIS ISAAK- LIVE AT THE FILLMORE
I've always liked Chris Isaak. I don't think he's ever really made that "great" record, but he's got more "really good" records than most. He really shines in a live setting, so I give this a thumbs-up.
JOHN MELLENCAMP- ON THE RURAL ROUTE 7609 (4 CD BOXED SET)
Labeling John Mellencamp's "On The Rural Route 7609" a box set would be a misnomer on several levels. In format, it is much more akin to a lavish book and is in fact, not packaged in a box. With 54 songs, 17 of which are previously unreleased on any Mellencamp CD, on 4 discs, the set is thoroughly annotated by award-winning music journalist/historian Anthony DeCurtis. Also included within its 72 pages are numerous evocative photos reflecting Mellencamp's transformation from pop idol to his current status as transcendent singer/writer whose work is celebrated, sometimes as a painfully honest musical reflection of hard scrabble midwestern values. Mellencamp songs from all phases of that career are included as are special guest readings by Academy Award (R) wining actress Joanne Woodward as well as from Dr. Cornel West, best selling author, lecturer and commentator.
Unlike standard issue box sets, "On The Rural Route 7609" is not a collection of hits and near-hits in chronological order. Rather, each of the discs is programmed as if it were a free-standing album with shared themes and a sense of flow that offers one a compelling context to listen from start to finish versus defaulting to searching for the most familiar tracks. While there is certainly a wealth of well-known material, a significant number of tracks are offered that, while less familiar, are equally significant in terms of providing an in-depth picture of the Mellencamp's spectrum of creativity. Those tracks juxtaposed to signature songs long-associated with Mellencamp on the four "albums" in the set give long-term Mellencamp fans and newer listers alike, a more complete and insightful view of the artist's role as a writer and artist whose catalog of songs and recordings glow with substance and nuance.
"On The Rural Route 7609" is a musical journey that sheds new light on an American musician who, as both a songwriter and and social activist. Mellencamp found his true voice as he followed his heart and mind over the course of a career that, after an improbable start, has spanned four decades and is reflected in the selections heard "On The Rural Route 7609". "On The Rural Route 7609" is a singular way to discover John Mellencamp again.. arguably, for the first time.
OASIS- TIME FLIES (1994-2009)
Another hits collection from one of the most-overrated bands in history. I really do like their first two albums, but I think that's enough.
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS- MOJO
It's been 8 years since the last Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album, and "Mojo" finds the band sounding great, if a bit too relaxed. After 3 solid listens, I'm still not overwhelmed by the songs themselves. There are some winners--"First Flash Of Freedom," "I Should Have Known It," and "No Reason To Cry"--and some losers--"Don't Pull Me Over." And as a whole, it sounds like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. But "Mojo" is in desperate need of "that" song that jumps out at you and bites you on the ass. Even some of the weaker records like "Let Me Up" and "Echo" had "Jammin' Me" and "Room At The Top" or "Swingin'" respectively. Good record this "Mojo." But I wanted great! Like, "Mudcrutch" great! "Mojo" is consistently tepid.
***ALSO OUT TODAY***
STANLEY CLARKE- THE STANLEY CLARKE BAND
COWBOY JUNKIES- REMNIN PARK (Amazon Download only $3.99)
DEVO- SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY
ED HARCOURT- LUSTRE
SARAH MCLACHLAN- THE LAWS OF ILLUSION
PERNICE BROTHERS- GOODBYE KILLER
STEVE MILLER- BINGO
SUZANNE VEGA- CLOSE-UP VOL. 1: LOVE SONGS