Wednesday, March 18, 1998

Honky-Tonk Techno

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Much has been made of dance music's quasi-spiritual, "one nation under a groove" possibilities. Many a purple-prosed, you-had-to-be-there-but-they-still-write-about-it-anyway critic's account of deejays delivering sermons-on-the-mix has maintained that an enraptured dance floor is a modern religious ritual, however nudged on by that culture's taste for drug-enhanced commune-ality. In the hands of...

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EVERYDAY WISDOM

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Jim Roll may be one of Ann Arbor's most self-effacing songwriters, but that doesn't hide the fact that he is also one of its finest. On this self-produced, self-engineered debut, he concerns himself with expressing matters close to the heart of everyday life: hopes, fears, sin, redemption, detachment, pain, compassion...

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Wednesday, March 4, 1998

Moon Safari

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 1998 at 12:00 AM

French duo Air makes time-warped synthesizer pop so convincingly that the full-length Moon Safari might just as well be a collection of Mooged-out French TV themes and movie sound tracks from the '70s. This is exactly why Moon Safari is easily the year's most refreshing record so far. Like unashamed...

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Gimcracks & Gewgaws

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Once heard, Mose Allison's approach to the art of jazz song is unmistakable. You can hear the influence in singers like Bob Dorough, Van Morrison and Ben Sidran, the producer of Allison's most recent disc. The phrasing has a lurching backbeat all its own, half juke, half jive. Clever wordplay...

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