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Thursday, 01 June 2006 |  Written by John Sutton-Smith  | 
Bruce Springsteen - We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions Springsteen has always tapped into the wellspring of the American songline – and for all his rock and roll roots and tendencies, as a practitioner of the people’s music, Bruce is really a folkie at heart. As powerful and inspiring as his rock persona is, the populist side of Bruce lends an abiding gravity and conviction to his acoustic side. Looking at his work as a whole, it seems his Woody Guthrie influences now stand side by side with his Elvis ones. We Shall Overcome, Bruce’s fourteenth album, works on a couple of levels: while clearly a tribute to Pete Seeger as one of the true godfathers of American folk and protest music, it is also in a sense part of a trilogy in the aftermath of 9/11. It is almost a natural progression from the very human reaction on ...
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Monday, 01 May 2006 |  Written by Bryan Dailey  | 
Ozzy Osbourne - Under Cover The cover song. Often it’s a new band’s way to break onto the music scene by giving a fresh sound to a song that is already a proven hit. Limp Bizkit rocketed to fame by covering George Michael’s “Faith” with a metal’d-up mosh pit riot-inciting version. Newcomers Alien Ant Farm made a name for themselves with Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” But what happens when an iconic singer whose voice and name are already world famous does not just a cover song, but a complete album of songs by other music icons? We get to find out on Ozzy Osbourne’s appropriately titled Under Cover album, which was given the DualDisc treatment by his record label Epic. Even if you love the Prince of Darkness with every ounce of your black soul, it’s hard to argue that he isn’t way past his singing ...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Donald Fagen - Morph the Cat Reprise performance 8.5 sound 10 released 2006 I may have to make the walk of shame tomorrow, but I can’t really imagine waking up with pop music that sounds more beautiful than Morph the Cat. I was seduced from the first seconds and Donald Fagen didn’t even have to buy me drinks or dinner. First of all, he was dressed in intelligent jazz/pop with a pristine (sonically stunning, actually) production in 5.1 surround sound that I could never have imagined when I was young, dreaming over the pages of my favorite music magazines. I knew I was in trouble, he was pushing my buttons and he really hadn’t said a thing. I started thinking I should play hard to get.
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 |  Written by Dan MacIntosh  | 
INXS - Switch Epic performance 7 sound 7 released 2006 It’s tempting to simply ignore this INXS reconfiguration. After all, the search that landed J.D. Fortune, the band’s new singer, took place during a freaking TV reality show. But listening a few times to Switch makes it increasingly difficult to sincerely question the band’s choice of a replacement vocalist, and equally hard to turn a cold shoulder to this attempted comeback release.
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Tuesday, 10 January 2006 |  Written by John Sutton-Smith  | 
Talking Heads - Talking Heads: 77 Aah, the yelp, the giddy-up, the rhythmic stutter. How unexpectedly refreshing it is to hear the Talking Heads again after all these years – a band whose work has been disturbingly off the radar screen in comparison to the depth and breadth of their influence ever since, even today in the likes of Bloc Party, Arcade Fire and others. When the Heads arrived at NY’s CBGB’s and on college radio with the zany, “look out ma, I’m going crazy” high-pitched squeals of “Psycho Killer,” it was a wild sensory ride for the mind and body, and an arty-alternative to the Ramones’ and the U.K.’s anti-intellectual punk insurgence. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, the band – David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and ex-Modern lover Jerry Harrison – is now celebrating their 30th anniversary with a deluxe DualDisc upgrade of their catalogue, featuring new DVD-Audio Surround Sound mixes ...
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