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Music review: Juliana Hatfield - Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John

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It may seem bizarre but Hatfield, best known for her 1993 alt-rock nugget “My Sister,” delivers a sincere, kick-ass tribute to her childhood hero. She scuffs up Newton-John’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” gives a punk edge to her “Totally Hot” and embraces the pure pop of “Physical” and “Have You Ever Been Mellow” in a most brilliant way.
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Music Review: Sting & Shaggy - 44/876

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It’s an unlikely pairing—one is a member of English rock royalty, the other a Jamaican superstar—but it works. “We both have ridiculous names,” jokes Sting, born Gordon Sumner, while Shaggy, born Orville Burrell, cites the two musicians’ shared love of reggae music as the bond. The pair’s island-inspired album, named after the British and Jamaican dialling codes, is a sunny delight. It opens with the title track, a dancehall number featuring Shaggy, best known for hits like “Oh Carolina” and “Boombastic,” toasting about rice and peas and Sting singing about Bob Marley. There are moments of genuine fun, on the infectious “Don’t Make Me Wait,” and of pure drama, on the courtroom-themed “Crooke...
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Music Review: Jack White - Boarding House Reach

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The “Seven Nation Army” rock hero’s latest is an odd delight, full of hip-hop beats, gypsy fiddle, funky organ, a Dvořák melody and a hilarious spoken word piece, “Abulia and Akrasia,” by Aussie blues revivalist C.W. Stoneking. The most Jack White track is the blistering rock of “Over and Over and Over,” originally written for the White Stripes.
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Music Review: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Paradox

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Neil wears many hats–including that of filmmaker. His latest project, a western, sees the 72-year-old Canadian rocker join forces with his romantic partner Daryl Hannah ( Splash ,  Kill Bill ), who wrote and directed the movie. Available on Netflix and centred around a group of outlaws hiding out in the mountains,  Paradox  stars Neil, fellow music legend Willie Nelson, and Willie’s sons, Lukas and Micah, who are members of Neil’s backing band Promise of the Real. The movie’s soundtrack features Neil’s solo score together with solo and band performances. There are campfire-style renditions of blues songs like Jimmy Reed’s “Baby What You Want Me to Do” and Lead Belly’s “Ho...
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Music Review: Moby - Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt

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On his 15 th album, Moby returns to that organic-electronic mix of his 1999 breakthrough Play , employing frequent collaborator Mindy Jones to add to the dreamy feel of “The Tired and the Hurt” and Raquel Rodriguez to provide breathy accompaniment to “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” both anthems to the age of uncertainty.
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Music Review: David Byrne - American Utopia

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The former Talking Head is a restless soul, undertaking books, films, operas, photographs and drawings to express his quirky views. His latest album, a collaboration with longtime cohort Brian Eno, offers a surprising antidote to the world’s depressing news: optimism—conveyed on joyously melodic tracks like “Here” and “Every Day is a Miracle.”
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Music Review: Elise LeGrow - Playing Chess

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She’s not entirely new to the scene, having released a pop music EP in 2013. But Canada’s Elise LeGrow is now getting an international buzz, thanks to her sizzling debut album, Playing Chess . Working with soul legend Betty Wright, the Roots’ Questlove and members of the Dap Kings, who once backed Amy Winehouse, the 30-year-old Toronto singer puts a fresh spin on classic r&b songs from Chicago’s iconic Chess record label. She turns Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” into a wistful ballad, gives Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” a haunting rock edge and transforms Fontella Bass’s “Rescue Me,” into slow, sultry jazz. Already the album, released on New York’s S-Curve Records, home of Joss Ston...
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