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No More Blues
No More Blues
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality jazz from a fine singer, June 11 2004
This review is from: No More Blues (Audio CD)
Although Susannah had a lot of sadness in her life and ultimately committed suicide, the recording of this album appears to have happened during a happy period if the song selection is to be believed.
While Susannah has recorded several albums devoted to particular composers, this is one of her eclectic albums drawn from a variety of sources. Fascinating rhythm (a top ten hit for Cliff Edwards in 1925 and frequently covered in the years since then) is perhaps the most famous song here. One of two tracks composed by George and Ira Gershwin (the other is Who cares), it opens the album and sets the mood, although more up-tempo than most of the material here.
Among the other great songs here are Swing that music (Louis Armstrong), Do nothing till you hear from me (Duke Ellington), Breezing along with the breeze (a Dizzy Gillespie song that was a number one hit for Johnny Marvin in 1926), Don't let the sun catch you crying (Ray Charles) and Everything's been done before (Louis Armstrong).
This is, as some of the song titles suggest, a much more cheerful album than usual for Susannah but is of the same high quality as all her other original albums, all of which I've now reviewed except for a Harry Warren tribute that has never been released on CD.
If you are new to Susannah's music, you could buy one of her compilation albums, but each of her albums has its own identity. This album would make an excellent introduction to Susannah's music.

Tennessee Moon
Tennessee Moon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neil dabbles in contemporary country, June 11 2004
This review is from: Tennessee Moon (Audio CD)
Upon deciding to record a country album, some pop and rock singers decide to go for a traditional album, just to prove that they really can sing country. Neil makes no such attempt, content to record in a contemporary country style typical of the nineties. Bob Gaudio produced most of the album, though guest producers produced three tracks. The extensive credits do not say where the album was recorded though Neil states that almost all the songs were written and recorded under a Tennessee moon. That could include Memphis but I don't think so - this album sounds much more like a Nashville production.
Some tracks have more of a country feel than others including the title track, One good love (an excellent duet with Waylon Jennings) and (most country of all) the closing Blue highway - this is my favorite track here, but if you're not a country music fan, it may be your least favorite.
Apart from Waylon Jennings, there are other guest singers. They are not credited as duets, but they do more than just backup harmony, and they include Beth Nielsen Chapman (Deep inside of you) and Raul Malo of the Mavericks (Reminisce for a while).
If you enjoy Neil's pop music, you will probably enjoy this album. It really isn't that far removed from his normal easy listening style. If you are a country music fan who doesn't like Neil's pop music, it is doubtful if you'll like this - however, if you like his pop music even a little, you might enjoy this. If you are a country music fan who is unfamiliar with Neil's pop music, this will serve as a good introduction.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow pop rock from under-rated Kim, June 10 2004
This review is from: Glimmer (Audio CD)
Kim Richey has a wonderful voice and writes equally wonderful songs. She could me a major star but it seems that she doesn't record the kind of music most people want. This album is not easily categorized but I would describe it as mellow pop rock. Evidence of Kim's country roots is hard to find (a mandolin appears among the credits but identifying it might be challenging) although some people will classify this as an alt-country album. The album requires playing a few times to really be appreciated - a characteristic shared by many predominately mellow albums. So in some ways I can understand the mixed reviews this album gets but as far as I'm concerned this is brilliant.
Hugh Padgham, a noted pop-rock producer who has worked with Sting and Phil Collins among others, produced the album using a variety of musicians. The instruments credited (some several times) include drums, percussion, bass, acoustic bass, moog bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, Hammond b-3, piano, accordion, harmonica, cello, violin, viola and that mandolin I mentioned earlier. Personally, I think the album would have worked equally well with far fewer instruments, but Hugh did a great job and he still remembered that Kim's voice is the most important instrument of all.
The sons include Can't lose them all (a song of hope), Other side of town (about hiding from familiar people), Come around (wanting to rekindle an old flame) and many other great songs too numerous to mention in detail.
If you are able to give this album the repeated plays it deserves, you will surely come to appreciate a truly great singer-songwriter. On the other hand, if you want instant gratification, look for something more suitable.

High Lonesome Sound
High Lonesome Sound
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maintaining the expected quality, June 10 2004
This review is from: High Lonesome Sound (Audio CD)
Vince has a very distinctive voice, which he uses to good effect on this interesting collection. Vince wrote or co-wrote all the songs, which are an excellent mix of ballads, mid-tempo and up-tempo songs.
Perhaps the strangest song is Jenny dreamed of trains, about a girl living near a deserted railroad. I wonder what inspired Vince to write this song, which was covered by John Denver for his train song album, All aboard.
Two versions of the up-tempo title track are included, both with Vince singing lead and Alison Krauss sing harmony but with one featuring Alison Krauss's band, Union Station, giving the song a bluegrass treatment. Apart from Alison, other harmony singers featured on the album include Kim Richey (A little more love), Patty Loveless (Given more time) and Shelby Lynne (You and you alone).
Other outstanding songs include Pretty little Adriana and Down in New Orleans, but every song here is worth hearing.
While I don't regard this as Vince's best album (my favorite is When I call your name), it has much to commend it. No self-respecting fan of Vince's music should be without it.

Killin' Time
Killin' Time
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5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Merle Haggard, June 10 2004
This review is from: Killin' Time (Audio CD)
History will record 1989 as the year that the Berlin wall came down but country music fans know that it was also the year that American country radio stations abandoned most of the established stars (with a few exceptions) and started playing the music of a younger generation, led by Clint Black but also including Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and others. Garth and Alan started more slowly but ultimately overtook Clint, though he has still had a lot of success in the intervening years. With this debut yielding five number one country hits, Clint's career got off to an unbelievably successful start.
Clint sounds very like Merle Haggard but it clearly didn't do him any harm. Actually, the emergence of Clint coincided with the end of Merle as a major contender in the country charts. This album contains ten outstanding original songs. Clint wrote some on his own and others with the help of one or two of his musicians. There is a mix of up-tempo songs and ballads. The five big hits were the title track, A better man, Nobody's home, Walking away and Nothing's news. You could get these hits via the two volumes of Greatest hits (the first volume contains two of them with the other three on the second volume) but the other five songs here are not available elsewhere and they are definitely worth hearing.
The five non-hits are Straight from the factory (a song using a lock and key as a metaphor for a relationship), You're gonna leave me again (about an unfaithful woman), I'll be gone (about a relationship on the verge of breakdown), Winding down (about people drinking after work) and Live and learn (a philosophical song).
Clint's overall record doesn't match Merle's and I doubt if it ever will, but this particular album is as good as any of Merle's original albums. If you enjoy Merle's music, buy this album.

Rosie Solves The Swingin' Riddle
Rosie Solves The Swingin' Riddle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get swinging with Rosie and Nelson, June 9 2004
This is one of my favorite Rosie albums, which gained her a lot of credibility at a time when she needed it to shake off the image of novelty pop singer. The title may suggest a set of high-energy uptempo songs and the first song, a foot-stomping version of Get me to the church on time, fits that bill exactly. However, what you actually get is a nice mix of tempos, with plenty of ballads, although even they swing. You would certainly be able to dance to this album if you wish.
The songs are well-chosen and suit Rosie well. Some of them are reasonably well known, but none of them have been over-recorded. It is incredible to think that Shine on harvest moon was written in 1909, and was therefore half a century old even when Rosie recorded this album. It stands the test of time well, and still sounds great now.
Perhaps the best known songs here are I get along without you very well and April in Paris, but every song here is a real gem. Rosie and Nelson were both in top form when they recorded this album.
This is a very different album from Love, a very smoochy colloection of torch songs recorded at around the same time, but released a couple of years later (also available from Between them, they show just how versatile Rosemary was.
My copy of this album is the original CD release. This new edition has been re-mastered so it should sound even better. Furthermore, two extra tracks have been added.
This is a brilliant collection by a lady who continued to make great music until the end of her life. She will be sadly missed, but her music will live forever.

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
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5.0 out of 5 stars The album that changed buying habits forever, June 9 2004
Until the sixties, singles were the main way in which people bought music. Albums had been around since the forties in one form or another and had become increasingly common, but they were still regarded as secondary to singles. They were steadily gaining in popularity but even this album sold far fewer copies at the time of its release than the singles released by the Beatles at around this time. Nevertheless, the quality of the album ensured that, within a few years, albums became the standard means by which people bought music. Singles eventually became what they are today - just marketing devices to promote albums.
So why did this album have such an impact? Because it's brilliant, of course, and it is different from anything that had gone before. None of the songs here were released as singles. Legend has it that Strawberry fields forever was originally intended for inclusion, but was withdrawn when it was coupled with Penny Lane for single release. Some of the songs have since become hits for others, most notably With a little help from my friends (a UK number one hit for Joe Cocker) and Lucy in the sky with diamonds (a UK top ten hit in 1974 for Elton John). Of the other songs, my favorites are A day in the life, When I'm sixty four, She's leaving home and the title track.
Musically, the album was very different from what went before, with all kinds of studio trickery being used for the first time. Some of the effects add to the quality of the music while some don't - they occasionally did things for the sake of it rather than because it enhanced the music - but the overall effect is of an album that was unique at the time. Some say the Beatles picked ideas from Pet sounds (the Beach Boys album) but that was in turn partly inspired by Rubber soul, an earlier Beatles album, so what goes around comes back around. Other critics claim that other have used the studio trickery to better effect, but this album came first.
While this is not my favorite album (that accolade belongs to Magical mystery tour), it was revolutionary in its time and contains a lot of wonderful music. If you are interested in sixties music even a little, you must hear this album.

Ten Year Night
Ten Year Night
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent folk-country singer-songwriter, June 7 2004
This review is from: Ten Year Night (Audio CD)
Lucy is one of many excellent folk-country singer-songwriters to emerge on the American music scene in the nineties. In a crowded market, Lucy does not get the same level of recognition accorded to Lucinda Williams or Mary Chapin-Carpenter but Lucy is just as good as those two.
This classic album is a wonderful example of Lucy's skills as both singer and songwriter. It opens with the title track, about the tenth anniversary of a relationship. End of the day is about people led a contented but modest lifestyle before chasing the money, only to discover that they were better off materially but less satisfied with life. One good reason is about a woman asking her partner to choose between her and the bottle, knowing that he'd choose the bottle. Five in the morning is a song about a woman who leaves home while everybody is asleep, hoping to find a better life. Promise me is about being on the road and unable to establish a relationship. The remaining songs explore various aspects of love - the joys and the problems.
If you enjoy contemporary folk-country music, do not overlook Lucy Kaplansky. This was my first album of her music but it certainly won't be the last.

Tunnel Of Love
Tunnel Of Love
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce in reflective mood, June 7 2004
This review is from: Tunnel Of Love (Audio CD)
I became a fan of Bruce's music because of his brilliance as a latter-day rock'n'roll singer, exemplified best on his classic album, Born in the USA. I was therefore somewhat doubtful when I learned that this album was very different with none of the hard rocking songs I'd come to expect from him (although some songs get close, notably Spare parts). Nevertheless, there is a lot to like about this album, which reflects the difficulties he was having in his personal life - he was heading for divorce - during the period he was creating this album. As usual, Bruce wrote all the songs by himself.
One of the more upbeat songs here (compared to the rest of the album) is All that heaven will allow, which was later covered by the Mavericks. This song exactly suited their style and I prefer their version although I also enjoy hearing Bruce sing it. Another song that I became familiar with via a cover is Tougher than the rest, a song of defiance in the face of adversity, which has been covered by Emmylou Harris.
The set open with Ain't got you, which Bruce starts singing unaccompanied, although the musicians join in eventually. Spare parts, a tragic tale about a woman who gets pregnant only for her man to desert her, has a driving rock beat to disguise the sadness. Bruce pays tribute to his father in Walk like a man. Most of the other songs are love stories, generally sad.
In its way, this is a great album, but Born in the USA remains my favorite of Bruce's, with The River second. If you are new to Bruce's music, this is not the best starting point - however, it is a fascinating album that shows a different side to him. No self-respecting fan of Bruce's music should overlook this album.

Driving Home
Driving Home
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece, June 6 2004
This review is from: Driving Home (Audio CD)
Following up the brilliant Circles and arrows (the album that first brought Cheryl to my attention) might have seemed a hard task but Cheryl maintained the standard set by that wonderful album. Musically, her style could be described as folk or country but it's actually a mix of the two.
Cheryl's sense of humor is evident in Don't forget the guns, a sarcastic song in which Cheryl ridicules the American obsession with guns.
The title track opens the album in cheerful style, with Cheryl singing about an enjoyable drive through Pennsylvania countryside, listening to the music of Richard Thompson. A different drive home, this time by night, was the inspiration for Orbiting Jupiter. Cheryl sings about the pleasures of listening to music as a teenager in Music in my room. Two other cheerful songs (Spring, When fall comes to New England) extol the joys of those seasons. Cheryl describes the start of a new relationship in Silver lining.
On the reflective side, Cheryl sings of relationships going wrong (Act of nature, Bad connection) and the march of time (75 Septembers - a song in which she asks about how things used to be). There is also a song (Frequently wrong but never in doubt) about somebody who always thinks he's right but rarely is.
This is one of Cheryl's best albums. If you enjoy singer-songwriters with a sense of humor, you will surely enjoy Cheryl's music.

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