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‘I’ve grown beyond using my own experiences’

Sinead O’Connor, promoting the sold I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss, discusses the sources of her craft. Does that change the way you sing some of your older material? Do you see a younger version of yourself as a character … Continue reading

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So long ago — it’s a certain time, a certain place

Almost a year old but worth posting is this story about the recording of Tango in the Night, Fleetwood Mac’s second best-selling album. Press around the album centered on Lindsey Buckingham’s exit after the band announced its world tour, replaced … Continue reading

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That darn funny little vocal sound

Tom Ewing: Even so, it’s worth a final thought about what the pitchbending does for this singer, and this song, specifically. The distorting effect really suits Cher, whose strength as a performer is those deep, showy vowels – she’s already … Continue reading

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The termite of temptation: a Brian Eno poll

By the early nineties Brian Eno’s cachet was at its powerful. I caught up to him the year he did more than produce U2’s best album Zooropa: I discovered Low, “Heroes,” and Lodger, found a Nice Price cassette version of … Continue reading

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Dig if you will: Purple Rain

Nine years old at the time of Purple Rain‘s release, I had just enough money to buy Eurythmics’ “Here Comes the Rain Again” 45 rpm, and I may even have gotten this memory wrong (it may have been an Easter … Continue reading

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“I had him souped like wanton, yeah”

My favorite song from Missy Elliott’s most batshit album.

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Jimmy Page: playing guitar “as a palette of sonic possibility”

I’ve got problems with a couple of Jack Hamilton’s assumptions in his Led Zep encomium, but he’s right to praise Jimmy Page as “one of the great studio architects” of the rock era: Every sound captured on the album is … Continue reading

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