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Randy Newman – “Sail Away”
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Randy Newman – “Sail Away”

RANDY NEWMAN – Sail Away (Reprise ’72): Ragtime rock and Dixie roll. Newman’s various personas operate on the levels of Aesopian folktale slinger, lullaby dispenser, sludgy blues schlockmeister, and good old boy philosophizer. A man and his piano, he muses on God and death (“You don’t need anybody, and nobody needs you”), fame and fortune … Continue reading

Creedence Clearwater Revival – “More Creedence Gold”
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Creedence Clearwater Revival – “More Creedence Gold”

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL – More Creedence Gold (Fantasy ’73): The problem with compilations by great bands is that the studio albums from which the comp tracks are pulled are so often worth owning on their own, making the vinyl the comps are stamped on obsolete before they’re pressed. And CCR cut five of the best … Continue reading

Feist – “Let It Die”
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Feist – “Let It Die”

FEIST – Let It Die (Interscope ’04): Instrumentally minimalist not for aesthetic effect but because the environments Leslie Feist renders in her indie folk/lounge/bossa nova world are minimal—from the home made from a rented house in the fantasy storybook schmaltz of “Mushaboom” to the dimly-lit bedroom of her “Leisure Suite,” it’s rare to hear more … Continue reading

Steve Winwood – “Steve Winwood”
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Steve Winwood – “Steve Winwood”

STEVE WINWOOD – Steve Winwood (Island ’77): Here’s a guy who had the white pipes equivalent of Ray Charles who instead of barreling down the raucous path of blues and soul chose to pursue soft-spoken jazz fusion and inoffensive adult contemporary. Here’s an album of six interminably long songs (shortest at 4:32; longest at 8:32) … Continue reading

Serengeti & Sicker Man – “Doctor My Own Patience” Review
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Serengeti & Sicker Man – “Doctor My Own Patience” Review

SERENGETI & SICKER MAN – Doctor My Own Patience (Graveface): Experimental rapper forgets to rap experimentally. David Cohn’s aka Serengeti’s latest collaboration with producer Sicker Man lands firmly between their last outing Saal—a largely acoustic world where Geti’s lyrics roamed uninhibited, a departure from his usual comical stints as the O’Doul’s-loving Chicagoan Kenny Dennis—and Cohn’s … Continue reading