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New Music Week of October 6th, 2009: Rosanne Cashs’ In

Heartaches By The Dozen – Rosanne Cash
Sea Of Heartache – Rosanne Cash
Both off her newbie The List based upon a list of 100 must own country songs papa Johnny, who wrote more than a coupla himself, gave roseanne when she was a teenager. Here is the truth about Rosanne: when she sings country, Rosanne is a superstar and when she doesn’t she simply isn’t. All those terribly earnest albums, all her Wheels and Interiors, they are no good and nobody likes em but her mates in the biz and rockcrits. They can’t compare to that span of albums from 78 to 87 when she seemed to go from height to height with then husband Rodney Crowell matching her album for album. So it’s not surprising these lovely and fresh cover songs are so good even after all this time, what is surprising is that in act of pure shaminism she gets Costello’s best vocal in years on “Dozens” and Springsteen’s best vocals in years on “Seas”. Springsteen in particularly shows so much restraint and such a light touch he should calm down and write some country songs. Singles of the Week.

Blue Skies – Noah and the Whales
A bad name can kill a band dead and this name is the pits. But this Brit band is a pretty good yet another member of the Belle and Sebastian (the most influential band of the 90s?) school of folk rock and it has that requisite air of melancholia “This is a song for anyone with a broken heart, this is a song for anyone who can’t get out of bed, I’ll do anything to be happy…” Ah, the pains of being unpure at heart… Wins the award for getting the most syllables out of the broken.

The Hollow Earth – Thom Yorke
FeelingPulledApartbyHorses – Thom Yorke
“Hollow Earth” was helped tremendously by a terrific video and “Horses” by a sizzling live video with Yorke doing a weird hopping dance and Flea his patented doubled up bass playing -absolutely the main instrument in this band.. Without the visuals “Horses” is a little draggy and “Earth” a little quirky. Not bad, but that’s all I’ll say.

Hell Of A Life – T.I.
T.I. got two years for possession. C’mon ,two years. Wouldn’t six months have done it. “Money won’t fall, pockets don’t swole, Rubberband keep popping out my own stole,” but at least Shorty is enjoying herself. The back track on the chorus is a sax sample that carries the song on its back.

3 – Britney Spears
This is another song that is wearing off me now the rush of the new is over -it is pretty clever stuff and the nursery rhyme is addictive stuff but it is a touch too addictive and it wears of fast. Not bad but not as good as some of her Circus stuff.

Helpless – Backstreet Boys (feat Pitbull)
Yeah, you heard me. This echoy boy group stuff sounds real old fashioned even if the backing track is state of the art. Pitbull adds a rap and sounds as out of place as… Pitbull on a Backstreet Boys song.

Love – Air
I like these French Vangeli fans but this is a little ambient for my tastes…

Darkside Of The Sun – Tokio Hotel
Too late for the new Twilight soundtrack guys. Sorry.

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