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The home of music journalist Nicholas Jennings, author of Lightfoot, the definitive new Gordon Lightfoot biography from Penguin Random House.

Macy Gray - The Id

With the Freudian album title and tracks like “Psychopath,” you might fear that the world’s most distinctive soul singer has been on the therapist’s couch and turned all dark and introspective. In fact, her latest is a giddy romp through rock, funk, disco and hip-hop and even includes the wild, Threepenny Opera -ish “Oblivion.” Turns out, Gray just got in touch with her freak side and went for full-on eclecticism.
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Music Review: Diana Krall - The Look of Love

Soft, subtle, subdued, seductive. Canada’s celebrated singer-pianist seems to attract alliterative adjectives with her brand of smooth and sophisticated jazz. No surprises here, just more exquisitely phrased chestnuts, a sensuous Latin tinge and stately backing by the London Symphony Orchestra. Krall could be accused of playing it safe, but why mess with such a successful sound?
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La Bottine Souriante - Cordial

An institution in their native province, La Bottine Souriante are Quebec’s answer to Louisiana’s Beausoleil or Ireland’s The Chieftains. Taking Quebec fiddle tunes, absurdist ballads and bawdy drinking songs, the nine-piece ensemble put an infectious, modern spin on vintage Canadiana. With the right marketing, these guys could become the musical glue that holds the country together.
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Tori Amos - Strange Little Girls

Take a dozen oldies, chop and mix in a blender, changing tempo and adding a woman’s perspective and—voila!—retro rock with a feminist twist. Amos’ recipe produces powerful results, recasting 10cc’s “I’m Not in Love” and Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” as dark commentaries on the state of the sexes. But the best is a recent cover, an inspired version of Eminem’s disturbing “’97 Bonnie & Clyde.”
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Merlin - Merlin’s Milkbar Stereo

Montreal’s Merlin has never been content with the rapper label, despite his hip-hop heavy debut, A Noise Supreme . Rap is just one useful tool in his bag of tricks. Piano ballads, symphonic strings—even Nirvana-esque guitar on “Ultrasensitive”—all come in handy on the singer-producer’s latest, ambitious album. If Merlin has one obvious influence, it’s that tiny perfect multi-tasker Prince.
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