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Music review: Juliana Hatfield - Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John

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It may seem bizarre but Hatfield, best known for her 1993 alt-rock nugget “My Sister,” delivers a sincere, kick-ass tribute to her childhood hero. She scuffs up Newton-John’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” gives a punk edge to her “Totally Hot” and embraces the pure pop of “Physical” and “Have You Ever Been Mellow” in a most brilliant way.
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Music Review: Sting & Shaggy - 44/876

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It’s an unlikely pairing—one is a member of English rock royalty, the other a Jamaican superstar—but it works. “We both have ridiculous names,” jokes Sting, born Gordon Sumner, while Shaggy, born Orville Burrell, cites the two musicians’ shared love of reggae music as the bond. The pair’s island-inspired album, named after the British and Jamaican dialling codes, is a sunny delight. It opens with the title track, a dancehall number featuring Shaggy, best known for hits like “Oh Carolina” and “Boombastic,” toasting about rice and peas and Sting singing about Bob Marley. There are moments of genuine fun, on the infectious “Don’t Make Me Wait,” and of pure drama, on the courtroom-themed “Crooke...
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Music Review: Jack White - Boarding House Reach

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The “Seven Nation Army” rock hero’s latest is an odd delight, full of hip-hop beats, gypsy fiddle, funky organ, a Dvořák melody and a hilarious spoken word piece, “Abulia and Akrasia,” by Aussie blues revivalist C.W. Stoneking. The most Jack White track is the blistering rock of “Over and Over and Over,” originally written for the White Stripes.
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