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

Bruce Guthro - Guthro

Breaking out of the country-music straightjacket has proven tricky for the native of Sydney Mines, N.S. He’s tried singing with the Scottish band Runrig. On his latest album, he’s employed producers as diverse as Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris), John Hampton (Gin Blossoms) and Cracker’s David Lowery. For all that, the talented singer-songwriter still sounds most convincing when crooning blue-collar ballads with a twang like “Factory Line,” the album’s first single.
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Björk - Vespertine

Many people tuning into this year’s Oscars barely knew what to make of the pixie in the strange swan dress who warbled her way through a song called “I’ve Seen It All,” backed by a 55-piece orchestra. Few had caught the Icelandic singer’s acting debut in Lars Von Trier’s film Dancer in the Dark , in which she played an east European girl who goes to America with her young son. Fewer still were familiar with her recordings, avant-pop albums that make Canada’s quirky pop princess Jane Siberry seem positively conventional. Little is known at press time about this next Björk album, but it’s bound to confound all but her most ardent supporters. An acquired taste.
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Slipknot - Iowa

Expect another ear-splitting album of speed metal laced with raging, hated-filled rap lyrics. Sounds like fun, eh? Hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, this nine-piece band could actually be a really nice bunch of farmboys beneath their evil clown faces and pointy-nosed goalie masks. But don’t tell that to their legions of fans, who obviously have a fondness for the terror of it all.
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