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Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Americana: A Review

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July 25, 2012
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Americana

Some of the songs on Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s new album Americana have been done so many times as the folk songs that they are. This being said, this has got to be heard to be believed. This is by far one of the most intriguing reworking of old folk songs gone garage band...
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Kenny Chesney — ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’: A Review

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July 16, 2012
Kenny Chesney - Welcome to the Fishbowl

The song ”Like a Rock Star”, a duet with Tim McGraw off of Kenny Chesney’s newest release Welcome to the Fishbowl, stands out as an instant big hit. The title track paints the picture of how you can be shown in a bad way quickly in the modern world. Fortunately, there is much more variety on here...
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Saint Etienne – ‘Words and Music’ (Deluxe Edition): A Review

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June 18, 2012
Saint Etienne

By Kenneth E. Oquist It has been seven years since Saint Etienne’s last release. ‘Words and Music’ is absolutely without a doubt worth the wait. If Sarah Cracknell and the guys have slipped by you, this is a fine time to get acquainted. I first heard Sarah solo on her ‘Lipslide’ release. As good...
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Hank Williams III – Attention Deficit Domination: A Review

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May 31, 2012
Hank Williams III - Attention Deficit Domination

I am very glad to finally hear Attention Deficit Domination. This is the best of Hank Williams III in 2011. His transition to metal/punk rock on this release is quite stunning. Hank may do this as well as the best who do this all the time. Not a song on this does not work....
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Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts: A Review

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May 16, 2012
Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts

By Kenneth E. Oquist The title track “Little Broken Hearts” off of Norah Jones’ new release features a shimmering guitar effect. It’s kind of slow, but this does not hurt it, and you just notice it. “Happy Pills” is the single and a good choice, featuring a pop guitar sound. “Out on the Road”...
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Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) Planning Pandora-Like Service

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May 4, 2012
Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI)

By Amy Gilroy Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) is planning a personalized version of its satellite radio service to compete with the likes of Pandora (NYSE:P). Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin said Tuesday, “Late this year, we plan to debut a SiriusXM version of personalized music online, allowing subscribers to tailor their favorite SiriusXM music...
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Jack White – Blunderbuss: A Review

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May 3, 2012
Jack White - Blunderbuss

The most important thing to realize is that Jack White’s new release Blunderbuss has bass. I do not mind as I am a bass enthusiast and player myself. Life without the White Stripes is good. Jack is an excellent piano player, as well as a great guitarist. The track “Missing Pieces” is a shining...
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Counting Crows – ‘Underwater Sunshine’: A Review

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April 20, 2012
Counting Crows - Underwater Sunshine

By Kenneth E. Oquist I started Counting Crows’ new release Underwater Sunshine with “Return of the Grevious Angel”. Right away, I thought  this was just a “so so” song. The fact is they strayed from sounding like the Counting Crows and I did not care much for it. When they stay on their game, they come...
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Madonna – ‘MDNA: Deluxe Edition’: A Review

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March 29, 2012
Madonna – ‘MDNA: Deluxe Edition’: A Review

The song “I F$%#ed up” off her new release MDNA finds Madonna confessional and delightfully human. This is one of the best on here. “Gang Bang” finds Madonna singing about a lover shot by gang members. This is a good song, but not one of the highlights.”B-Day Song” is a birthday song with a...
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Lucero – Women & Work: A Review

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March 22, 2012
Lucero

These two subjects are sticky sujects. Let’s see how they handle it. The title track from Lucero’s new release Women & Work is a really great song: One shot of women and one shot of  work. Let it go. Let’s make a toast. In the morning it’s going to hurt. Come on kid, let’s...
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Meat Loaf – Hell in a Handbasket: A Review

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March 18, 2012
Meat Loaf - Hell in a Handbasket

As the title suggests, the latest release from Meat Loaf, Hell in a Handbasket, finds the long-time rocker disgruntled — as many of us are at times. Sure it’s a cliche, but it’s not surprising that it is now the title of his new album. I was figuring on the usual fare from Meat...
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Bruce Springsteen – ‘Wrecking Ball’: The Bonus Tracks

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March 12, 2012
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball - Bonus Tracks

By Kenneth E. Oquist The bonus tracks from Bruce Springsteen’s new release Wrecking Ball are intriguing. If you are bonus track cuckoo, such as I am, you will consider these tracks essential. Artists such as Alan Parsons Project, Electric Light Orchestra, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and in Elton John’s case b-side mania, have made available to...
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Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’: Review – Five Stars

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March 4, 2012
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

The new single “We Take Care of Our Own” off of Bruce Springsteen’s new album Wrecking Ball is a great Grammy performance. My favorite on this is “Shackled and Drawn”, which not only has a interesting Celtic feel, but a party hangover atmosphere to it. It would be impossible for most to accomplish this,...
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