Gordon Lightfoot Book, Music and More!

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

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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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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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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