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Be Here Now: Snapshot Reviews Of New Albums 1-14-14

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The Crystal Method – The Crystal Method – Looks like time has run out on these EDM guys, but having said that this is so good it makes me feel nostalgic. And not just the Lee Ann Rimes song but rock nyc faves Afrobeta’s song as well. It beeps, it boops, it maintains the beat, it goes its own way – B+

Fading West – Switchfoot – Former Christian Contemporaries, went mainstream in 2002 and made a documentary about surfing last year. This is the soundtrack to the movie and it is as good as mainstream rock gets, the vocals drag me a little but the songs are consistent and melodic and the rhythm rhythms and the anthems anthem  – B

The Needle And The Thread – Rosanne Cash –  I’ll split the difference on this not untypical Cash album, the blues numbers bum me out, but the country-folk, a sound she has perfected ever since her divorce from Rodney Crowell, work fine. Especially “When The Master Calls The Roll” – B+

High Hopes – Bruce Springsteen – Does it stand as Bruce’s worst album? Not by a long shot and improves a little the more you listen. But remember, Working On A Dream is among the competitors – B-

EP2 – Pixies – “Greens And Blues” is pretty enough, the other three songs not so much – B-

Write You A Song – Jon Pardi – We know the form by now, another country with a pick up and a jukebox and, this time, with a coupla road songs as well. But as these things go, if Pardi had a better voice I might really like him. As it is, he is hard to deny with one catchy blueprint country boy song after another… some of which are ok! – B

Crazy Life – Home Free – All male a capella “The Sing Off” winner and it works fine with me, I mean if they can get me to listen to a Hunter Hayes medley how bad can they be? – B

That Girl – Jennifer Nettles – Man, you can predict every single soft sob by half of Sugarland on this tediously predictable country pop album. Makes Ms. Cash sound even better – C-

All This Bad Blood – Bastille – Bad Blood was huge in the UK, not untypical alt rockers considered mainstream there. This deluxe version is more of the same… actually a lot more – C-

Post Tropical – James Vincent McMorrow –  Sounds like Bon Iver mixed with James Blake – B

Give The People What They Want – Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings – Don’t know why this retro-soul outfit drags me but I don’t think it’s the playing or the singing, I don’t think the songs are good enough – C

Songs From The Movies – Mary Chapin Carpenter – This is a disappointing drag, the sort of album where waitresses snapping her gum while pouring your coffee is mistaken for local color – C+

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