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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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Rosa POLLS: The Outkast tracks poll

I came to Outkast late. Impressed but not excited by “Elevators (Me and You),” I didn’t go, as the kids say, all in until Stankonia, which I got as an advanced copy for an unwritten review. The success of “Ms … Continue reading

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“How was I to know which way the story’d go?”

Discussing this eyeopening “live” performance of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” with friends on Facebook, I reminded them that Kenny Rogers had cajoled and shamed an American Music Awards audience in 1995 into joining him for a tenth-anniversary rendition of … Continue reading

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“Oh he is goooone”

After all these years still my favorite Suede song. Happy Sunday.

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The drama that you’re craving: Sleater-Kinney

Rob Sheffield’s nine or ten out of ten review in Details published in the spring of 1997 introduced me to Sleater-Kinney. Unacquainted with Liliput, Essential Logic, Public Image Ltd, and the most violent aspects of post punk, I had no … Continue reading

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“How on Earth did this thing get so big, anyway? What were they feeding it?”

Hooks are overrated. Choruses are overrated. Oasis was overrated — in England at least. Tom Ewing on their 1998 number one “All Around the World,” destined to be most effective as a commercial jingle: Back on “D’You Know What I … Continue reading

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I’m not gonna crack

Phil Freeman on his Facebook wall: I feel like the sheer dullness of Nirvana’s music is what’s been most thoroughly whitewashed by oldsters’ nostalgrief over Kurt Cobain. Terrible, non-swinging rhythm section, rudimentary solo-less guitar, awful bleating vocals, singsong melodies…dull. Now, … Continue reading

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I still recall the way he led the charge and saved the day: Steely Dan

There is a welcome impenetrability to Pretzel Logic. Steely Dan’s third album, which I bought in February 1999, had pretty music and indelible choruses (“With a Gun”), pretty music and perplexing choruses (“Monkey in Your Soul”). It had a Duke … Continue reading

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