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Saturday, 01 September 2007 |  Written by John Sutton-Smith  | 
Tracy Nelson - You'll Never Be a Stranger at My Door format:    16-bit CD performance:    8 sound:    8 released:    2007 label:    Memphis International reviewer:    John Sutton-Smith Mother Earth legend and one of the great under-rated singers in American music, Tracy Nelson has never stopped recording in a career that goes back to the ‘60s. For most of that time, she has belted out soulful, innately American blues-rock, but ever since recording the influential Tracy Nelson Country nearly four decades ago, there has always been a little country in her blues. And the very cool new album You'll Never Be a Stranger At My Door says amen to that. Her first solo release since 2003's Live from Cell Block D and first studio recording since ‘01's Ebony & Irony, this is in fact Tracy's first pure country recording since those 1969 sessions, revisiting a musical territory she hasn’t really explored since her time with the classic Mother Earth. ...
Saturday, 01 September 2007 |  Written by Matt Fink  | 
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga format:    16-bit CD performance:    8 sound:    7 released:    2007 label:    Merge reviewer:    Matt Fink Though he bristles at the suggestion that his band is something of an anachronism in the era of MySpace sensations and lap-top pop, Britt Daniel is undeniably a songwriter who belongs to a different era. Having long pushed aside those early Pixies comparisons that dogged the band for their first few guitar-centric albums, the band that Daniel now fronts features a musical vocabulary far more informed by classic rock and soul music than any of the current stylistic winds blowing across the indie rock landscape. And while they introduced a degree of art-rock into the mix with 2005’s Gimme Fiction, it remains true that the creative frontiers are being explored by bands who often emphasize experimentation over conventional songcraft, and Daniel has always been a tunesmith at heart. As such, Spoon have ...
Saturday, 01 September 2007 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Richard Thompson - Sweet Warrior format:    16-bit CD performance:    10 sound:    10 released:    2007 label:    Beeswing Music reviewer:    K L Poore So McCartney’s divorce album is a caffeine-enriched dud, SUM 41 just doesn’t add up, and you think Garbage’s Greatest is an oxymoron (or maybe not). May I politely suggest that you lay your hard earned cash on the line for Richard Thompson’s Sweet Warrior? I’m really working the soft sell here, and attempting to hold back my glee, because Richard Thompson, an artist who won my never-ending support years ago, has put out his best damn release ever!!! CAN YOU TELL I’M EXCITED? Sorry. I guess I promised not to do that. And double apologies to my ever-so-understanding editor and proofreader for the caps. But, damn it, I’m overjoyed. Since I own just about everything he’s put out (except the instrumental CD from a couple of years ago, why’s that?), and you ...
Saturday, 01 September 2007 |  Written by John Sutton-Smith  | 
Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen format:    16-bit CDs (2) performance:    8 sound:    9 released:    2007 1st released:    1985 label:    Epic/Legacy reviewer:    John Sutton-Smith Largely unknown in the U.S. outside of a devoted few, Prefab Sprout were undoubtedly one of the best British pop bands of the alt-rock era and singer Paddy McAloon one of the great songwriters, as proved once again by the re-release of their classic album Steve McQueen (originally released here as Two Wheels Good, due to litigation from the late actor's daughter – obviously no music fan). Like every great U.K. pop band from the Kinks to the Clash, Prefab were strongly influenced by American culture; McAloon, on later records, sang about "Doo Wop in Harlem” and strolling Fifth Avenue "just to think Sinatra's been there too." That this album, full of epic cinematic imagery and sound, was titled after one of the great Hollywood movie icons was no ...
Saturday, 01 September 2007 |  Written by John Sutton-Smith  | 
James Luther Dickinson - Killers from Space format:    16-bit CD performance:    7 sound:    7 released:    2007 label:    Memphis International reviewer:    John Sutton-Smith James Luther Dickinson is perhaps the best-known unknown musician Memphis has ever produced. As a band leader, session player and producer, his legacy stretches back to the early '60s as a producer for Ry Cooder, the Replacements, Big Star, Green on Red, Mudhoney and (the upcoming album from) John Hiatt, and as a session man for the Stones, Aretha, Dylan and Duane Allman. Jim’s piano playing is familiar to anyone who has listened to the Stones’ “Wild Horses” or Dylan’s Time Out of Mind, and his music plays behind such movies as Paris Texas, The Border, and Crossroads. These days, he’s perhaps best known as the father of Luther and Cody of the North Mississippi All-Stars. Dickinson had recorded only one studio album under his own moniker in 34 years, until last ...
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