RY COODER- PULL UP SOME DUST & SIT DOWN
I'm not sure this record will resonate with everyone, but by song #4 I was hooked, and by the finale, I was mesmerized. "These times," says Ry Cooder, "call for a very different kind of protest song. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" We're way down the road from that." Boy, he ain't kidding. Cooder pulls no punches and minces no words, as he pretty much tells off everyone from Dubya to God, on this powerful new release.
Musically, Ry Cooder visits all of the places he likes best from acoustic blues (check out his dead-on John Lee Hooker impersonation on "John Lee Hooker For President") to mariachi and jazz, to pop and folk, and all of it works. Some of it even shocks, like "Christmas Time This Year," a song you won't be playing while stringing tinsel.
"Pull Up Some Dust..." is a keeper. Could be his best record since "Boomer's Story."
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LENNY KRAVITZ- BLACK & WHITE AMERICA
I like Lenny, but I can understand why many don't. Every record of his career sounds like a tossed-off pastiche of every record he's listened to. This new one is no different. I like the retro-soul, Zep-riffs, and occasional rap that appear on "Black & White America," but halfway through I realized, I could have been listening to any one of his last 5 releases. Lenny Kravitz makes good records. He just doesn't write good songs.
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SPIN DOCTORS- POCKET FULL OF KRYPTONITE (20TH ANNIVERSARY)
I spent countless hours watching these guys from the very early days when I helped print up flyers for their shows, to endless Saturday nights at the Nightingale Bar, to their rise as big time hitmakers. The Spin Doctors never quite reached the success of their debut, but that's okay. Three big singles, one hookier than the next, is nothing to blow off.
This new 2 CD set, remasters the debut and adds some earlier tracks, b-sides, and more.
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GLASSES MALONE- BEACH CRUISER
I don't know anything about this record, but I wish my name was Glasses Malone.
GLEN CAMPBELL-GHOST ON THE CANVAS
The legendary artist's swansong, "Ghost On The Canvas" is just fantastic. There are many heartbreaking moments, as Campbell sings often of his mortality, but the songs are also very uplifting. His voice is crisp and belies his 75 years. With help from Paul Westerberg, Robert Pollard, Chris Isaak, Jakob Dylan and Dick Dale for starters, Glen Campbell delivers a record that, to my ears sounds like an instant classic. It even feels as if it could have been recorded in 1971. Great stuff all around.
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