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

That Was When I Ruled the World: Coldplay’s world-conquering “Viva la Vida”
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That Was When I Ruled the World: Coldplay’s world-conquering “Viva la Vida”

COLDPLAY – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (Parlophone ’08): Unlike Maroon 5, who are content as they push forty to reign supreme in the singles world, Coldplay want to be an Important Band, the rightful heirs to U2 as world-conquerors. Nowhere else in their discography is their bid for Very Serious … Continue reading

Trickle-Down Fury: Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumper” is the Political Album You Need, Not the One You Deserve
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Trickle-Down Fury: Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumper” is the Political Album You Need, Not the One You Deserve

CHUMBAWAMBA – Tubthumper (Republic/Universal ’97): Were the second half of this album as solid as the first, I’d hail Tubthumper as one of the Great Overlooked Albums of the 90s. Chumbawamba—an anarcho-punk collective from Burnley, Lancashire chugging along steadily since the early 80s—alienated everyone in the immediate aftermath of their one and only smash hit, … Continue reading

Talk Like That Might Limit Your Lifespan: Politics at the precipice in “One Day as a Lion”
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Talk Like That Might Limit Your Lifespan: Politics at the precipice in “One Day as a Lion”

ONE DAY AS A LION – One Day as a Lion (Anti EP ’08): A great match for talents between Rage Against the Machine’s rager-in-chief Zack de la Rocha and ex-Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore that unfortunately never spat up anything more than this undervalued gem of an EP. Between Theodore’s twenty-minute adrenaline rush of … Continue reading