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Music Review: Blue Rodeo - A Merrie Christmas to You

Blue Rodeo is a summer favorite. But here the veteran Canadian band brings its rootsy vibe to wintry songs, including Jim Cuddy’s new “Home To You This Christmas.” The group also delivers such superb covers as a chiming take on Big Star’s “Jesus Christ,” a warm rendition of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Song for a Winter’s Night” and a stirring version of The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight.” 
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Annie Lennox - Nostalgia

Even in the gender-bending heyday of Eurythmics, when videos ruled the music world, Lennox’s voice rose above imagery to become one of the era’s most distinctive features. Here was a formidable singer, one who caused shivers in listeners. It was entirely fitting that when she embarked on a solo career in 1992, her debut album was titled simply Diva . Now the multiple Grammy winner has set her divine voice to classics from the American Songbook. But the collection, she insists, is not a covers album. “These are interpretations of these songs,” says Lennox, who turns 60 this Christmas Day. “I went deeper because, for me, the origin of these songs is the blues. Blues comes from something both b...
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Bob Dylan & The Band - The Complete Basement Tapes

Of all Dylan’s bootlegs—official and unofficial, none has been more attracted more mystique and allure than the over 100 diverse recordings he made with The Band during the summer of ’67. Now they’ve been exhaustively restored and compiled in six- and two-disc collections, including 30 never-bootlegged tracks like the rollicking roadhouse blues “Dress It Up, Better Have It All,” that represents the roots-rock mother lode.
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Various artists - Wild: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

This soundtrack for the movie adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, starring Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, features some inspired choices. Bruce Springsteen’s “Tougher Than the Test,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” and the Hollies’ “The Air that I Breathe” provide note-perfect accompaniment to a tale of survival and self discovery during a 1,600-km wilderness hike.
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Roch Voisine - Movin’ On Maybe

Voisine once played a hockey player in the Quebec TV series Lance et compte (He Shoots, He Scores) . The bilingual star has certainly scored with his new English album. Recorded in Montreal, Nashville and London, it includes polished numbers like the country-tinged “The Gift” and the inspirational “I Will Remain,” which sounds a lot like a promise.
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Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

The Irish troubadour’s rise to stardom came fast with his 2002 debut, O , which featured sensitive folk confessionals like the hits “Cannonball” and “Volcano.” After a disappointing followup, Rice is back with more string-laden intimacy, including “It Takes a Lot to Know a Man” and the soul-baring “I Don’t Want to Change You.”
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Aretha Franklin - Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics

In many ways, Aretha is the original diva—a singer raised in the gospel church who became a vocal legend with her soaring and swooping mezzo-soprano. Through the ’90s artists from Mariah Carey to Whitney Houston were all students of her style, while more recently Christina Aguilera and Martina McBride have paid their respects. Now the original Queen of Soul, still active at 72, returns the favor by covering classics originally performed by her contemporaries and admirers. Aretha shows off her ecstatic gospel style on Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and gets a little funky on a mash up of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Destiny Child’s “I’m a Survivor.” She dips into the ’60s with her pian...
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