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Highlights Of This Week’s New Album Releases: 6-3-16 – 6-9-16

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Inside Another Side – Paul Foglino – When the folk revival finally kicks in, Foglino will be there ahead of us all, with this excellent collection of acoustic guitar flavored songs. The former bassist for 5 Chinese Brothers, studied with Dave Van Ronk, and has been playing around time ever since. This collection contains the eagerly awaited “That’s How I Know” -a live staple which the Wiggles should cover. But there are no disappointments here – B+

 

Stranger To Stranger – Paul Simon – Paul’s more than legitimate thanatological stresses is smarter and scarier on “The Werewolf” than it was five years ago on “The Afterlife” five years ago, but “The Afterlife” was a better song. Song for song, that’s the problem with his electronica meets mutated African beats. It doesn’t sound as good as even his first album of the ’10s. There is no “Dazzling Blue”…. having said all of that, it is still good enough – B+

Love You To Death – Tegan And Sara – The modern day Indigo Girls as pop rockers only with much better songs. Both “Boyfriend” and “100x” are terrific and if modern tech production makes the sound on the slushy side (the drums on “U-Turn” could come off the new Ariana Grande), there are some other good tracks that break through – B+

Does Led Zeppelin II – Train – This is the Train album you’ve been waiting. Not only does Pat Monahan channel Robert Palmer with immense skill and very little mimicry but Train perform these songs as acoustic rock dreams of rock star heroism. From “The Lemon Song” to “Ramble On” they methodically rearrange Zep for their own rootsy limitations. A silly idea they actually pull off – B

Seal The Deal And Let’s Boogie – Volbeat – If ever a band was in line to step, if not in Motorhead’s vacated shoes, in Motorhead’s shadow to excite the constitutions with the classicist’s classic rock, Volbeat are. This is close, it has moments, but something is missing. They seem to cut their sound, metal vs classic rock and doles em out in different songs instead of melding them together – B+

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