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|Of the 17 cuts only one, the spoken word selection Empty Words, is a clunker.The rest vary from competent to kick-ass, making this CD easily worth the money outlay, especially when considering artists such Millage Gilbert, Iris Dement, Mike Ireland and Darrel Lea serve up some offerings. But my favorites include The Killer by Forrest Whitlow, the Border Band doin Mad Dog Blues, Megan Hurts exceptional Tall Grass and The Wilders cuttin loose with a bluegrass shit-kicker Ida Red. Bruce Rodgers|
One might think a concert with
only one person on stage would lack a certain sense of
cohesiveness, but Ben Folds has proven that assumption
wrong with Ben Folds Live. His combination of
vocal talent and piano playing produces such an energetic
stage presence that the listener might fail to realize it
is a one-man show.
|Recorded over a five-month solo tour, the
album contains 17 live tracks, featuring both classics
and new material that easily stacks up to the old.
Following last years Rockin the Suburbs,
this is Folds second album sans the five.
Also included in the limited edition package is a 35-minute live performance DVD that displays the bold yet playful Folds doing what he loves. It is clear from watching him perform that he is having a hell of a time doing what he does. Jessica ChapmanJessica Chapman
From and Inspired By The Motion Picture
Yourself is just a lure. Most of the other songs on
the CD carry similarly appealing melodies and strong
hip-hop beats. But most of the lyrics descend into a pit
of vile language, misogynistic monikers and cruel jokes
that include insults to a cast of R&B celebrities
such as DAngelo, Little Kim, Lauryn Hill and R.
Inspired features four solo efforts by Eminem and new music by familiar hip-hoppers as Nas, Jay-Z and Rakim. Raspy R&B songstress Macy Gray also contributes a song. Deborah Young
|Dream of Blue
Red Leopard Records
Lisa Moritz speaks from the heart in Dream of Blue.
Her lyrics portray a sincere and optimistic account of
life and relationships, challenging listeners to confront
love. All tracks on the album are original compositions
by the local folk artist.
|The remarkable Begin Again discusses how questions and problems in love are always present without easy answers. This is also evident in Autumn Light, which says, When the flame has lost its spark/You just start again/And pretend/Youre not afraid of the dark. Also notable is My Fathers Words, an honest and inspiring remembrance of a fathers advice to his child. Jessica Chapman|
|But no kidding about the Fugazi thing.
Its quite remarkable, as coagulate, the
albums first track, booms and churns through
its length, that there is no discernable way to
tell the band playing the song is, actually, Snapcase.
Long past are the times of bass-driven drums and
harmonics that defined the Snapcase sound. Musically,
they have drifted far from the center of what used to be
Victory Records hardcore. Probably for the better,
Now, their sound is pure and listenable, interesting and almost catchy. And as their sound has drifted far from center, their message has become grounded in hardcores original premise: Lyrics that motivate, politically, to step away from the status quo, question your surroundings, defy corporate control...the renewal of the ideology of hardcores past. Maybe it is all coming together for Snapcase on this undeniably progressive album, after all... Ron Knox
From the exquisite separation in instrumentation to the layered, deep rhythm section, Live 1975 is the best-sounding concert release in Bob Dylans career. Culled from four winter evening performances during the storied Rolling Thunder Revue, it has some classics as youve never thought youd hear them and a colorful cast of backing characters.
|A 1974 tour with The Band, his first in
eight years, never sounded quite right to Dylan. So in
1975, after recording Desire, Dylan assembles a
loose-as-a-goose, yet tightly syncopated, backing band
that in some instances added new level to his songs.
Artists Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn (The Birds), T-Bone
Burnett, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Mick Ronson
(guitarist for David Bowie) and others got together,
along with unknown violin talent Scarlet Rivera, whose
solos dominated Dylans work during this period.
Renditions of Dylan standards will surprise for their
startling revision It aint me,
babe, A hard rains a-gonna fall
and The lonesome death of Hattie Carroll
Dylans voice is raspy, powerful and pleasantly decipherable. His duets with Baez evoke the days of folkies, but the album is clearly a rock n roll tour de force. Lance Jungmeyer
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