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Music Review: Buffy Sainte-Marie - Power in the Blood

She may be best known for the love songs “Until It’s Time for You to Go” and “Up Where We Belong.” But Buffy Sainte-Marie has a long history of protest music, dating back to her 1964 anti-war anthem “Universal Soldier.” The Canadian-born First Nations legend pulls no punches on her new album. Covers include songs by two British bands: the title track by Alabama 3 and UB40’s “Sing Our Own Song.” Saint-Marie sings the former as a techno-laced call to arms and puts her own powwow spin on the latter, complete with a reference to the aboriginal-rights movement Idle No More. “Not the Lovin’ Kind” is a fiery reworking of her breakup song from her 1972 album Moonshot . Of her new material, stan...
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Music Review: Pokey LaFarge - Something in the Water

Championed by Jack White, this St. Louis native draws from a deep well of early jazz, ragtime, country blues and Western swing. Timeless rather than retro, songs like the otherworldly “Goodbye, Barcelona” and Pokey’s proud Midwestern tribute “Knocking the Dust off the Rust Belt Tonight” are proof of his fresh approach.
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Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy - One

Legendary rock producer Bob Ezrin unites the acclaimed Celtic husband-and-wife fiddlers for their recording debut as a duo. A superb collection of reels, waltz and polka styles from Cape Breton and beyond, it includes MacMaster’s and Leahy’s sweet “Wedding Day Jig” and MacMaster’s first vocal recording on the Gaelic lullaby “Cagaran Galoach.”
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Buena Vista Social Club - Lost & Found

The original 1996 sessions, featuring veterans of Cuba’s golden age in the ’50s, became a best-selling album and a celebrated Wim Wenders documentary. Now these recently discovered unreleased tracks of singer Ibrahim Ferrer, pianist Rubén González, bassist Cachaíto López and other legends brings that sumptuous Latin sound flooding back.
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Van Morrison - Duets: Reworking the Catalogue

The Irish legend puts a fresh spin on his repertoire, teaming up with admirers young and old. Natalie Cole joins him on the joyful “These Are the Days” and daughter Shana on the spiritual “Rough God Goes Riding.” Best of all, Michael Bublé gets ecstatic on a thrilling remake of the horn-driven “Real Real Gone.”
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Björk - Vulnicura

Björk is a pop artist who makes distinctly unpopular music, in Top 40 terms—but remains endlessly fascinating. The Icelandic innovator’s eighth studio album documents her marital breakup and is full of shifting strings, buzzing synths and emotional outpourings, peaking with Björk’s triumphant roar of “I am not hurt” on the woozy “Mouth Mantra.”
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Lorraine Segato - Invincible Decency

The “Rise Up” singer has always crafted uplifting rhythmic music. Her latest solo album is no exception, featuring the joyous “Only Human” and the feel-good funk of “Who You Are (Be What You Be).” She also pays tribute to her late Parachute Club partner Billy Bryans on the moving ballad “Times Like This.”
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