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The bus rides and the nowhere to go: Sinatra

Shuja Haider’s preface before his ranking of Sinatra’s great albums: Sinatra is the most authentic interpreter of these songs because his voice and personality, iconic as they are, exist only in service to them. He sounds so familiar now it’s … Continue reading

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Steve Strange ‘played one instrument: his aesthetic’

Tom Ewing on Steve Strange’s impact: Even now there are arguments in pop about how many producers or songwriters an act can employ before some bogus line of inauthenticity is crossed. Visage were a collision of two existing groups – … Continue reading

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‘We just come from such different sets of circumstance’

A curmudgeon since she had to endure condescending garbage from Rolling Stone, famous boyfriends unworthy of her, and the erosion of mass public interest in her albums and its attendant curdling of her talents, Joni Mitchell returns to settle more … Continue reading

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Pillow talk and sweet dreams: Miguel

Miguel – Wild The one called “Coffee” depends on breathless expectations (“Pillow talk turns into sweet dreams/Sweet dreams turn into coffee in the morning”) and a churning electronic base that’s like a water bed rumbling under a couple in heat. … Continue reading

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‘We’re better off apart’

I’ve written extensively about Tango in the Night; Marcello gets to it. Five weeks at #1 in England, three different times. Here’s a lovely and accurate evocation of two of its best songs as well as an accounting of influences … Continue reading

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It’s work, man: Whiplash

Whiplash has a lot of blood and sweat but not many tears, which is the point. There’s no crying in jazz, if you believe the talking heads in this movie. The young Charlie Parker had a cymbal thrown at him … Continue reading

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Butterflies in me arise

Before streaming and the Internet, used CD stores stocked a dozen copies of one of the nineties best and least heralded albums, priced at pennies. But Symphony or Damn is available for a couple bucks on Amazon. Buy it. I … Continue reading

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