Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Midnight moon surfing

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Their hearts may still be in outer space, but their sound expressions are moving down to earth. After the initial, muffled, band-in-a-mall introductory track, “Pathway to the Infinite,” Man or Astro-Man?’s latest release has cleaner, clearer and more lucid moments for our limited human perceptions to grasp. This could...

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Bloody ’ell

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

There was a time in our history when the masses were into really good bands. Tear-stained, screaming young girls would pull their hair out waiting at the airport for John, Paul, George and Ringo. Radio stations played politically “difficult” music from Bob Dylan in its entirety. And people listened....

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Beyond fashion

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Eight years since her last release, Sade returns with every iota of soul and feeling we’ve ever loved her for. There’s something about a great voice married to an infallible rightness of form — it’s the promise that Sade has always kept, even in her more commercial brushes with...

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Thrifty excess

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Garage sale po-mo she-blues troubadour Eleni Mandell sent a quiet ripple through indie circles with down-but-not-out storytelling on her 1998 DIY debut, Wishbone. We heard echoes of PJ Harvey and Liz Phair (as filtered through such songwriters as Rickie Lee Jones and Tom Waits) in Mandell’s gutter-gazing musical wanderings....

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One-way ticket

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Maybe I’m spoiled by Detroit techno and house. Perhaps I’m just blind to the intense soul that drives the dance magazine-dominating genre that is Euro-trance. Why is it, though, that I can’t fight my recurring daydream in which I take every trendy trance DJ to the filthy Packard plant,...

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Shiny, happy heartbreaker

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The Fletcher Pratt’s neo-mod style has been polished to brilliant perfection on its first full-length release. A British pop label seems a good match for a band with strong Beatles-Kinks influences and a tendency to start off songs with a Who-style guitar explosion. The band has a strong personality...

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Wednesday, November 22, 2000

Coppin’ pop

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2000 at 12:00 AM

There’s a relentless insistence to the Senegalese mbalax rhythms that carry Youssou N’Dour’s music, and even though most of its hard edges have become smoother over the years, that drive remains. N’Dour’s vocals used to attack a song with that same insistence, but that approach has also undergone a...

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Hot tub riot

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Years ago, I had a phone interview with Tom Jones. His secretary promised me only 20 minutes, but Jones was in a chatty mood and before we knew it two hours had passed. During a discussion of his friendship with Elvis when they were both headliners in Vegas, I...

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Misery minus company

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2000 at 12:00 AM

As if admitting defeat in matters of the heart ain’t depressing enough, Dayton, Ohio’s Dave Doughman has written an entire album from emotional ground zero, wary and worse for the wear. We’ve all been there — relationships break up, nerves break down and we’ve all sworn off romance while...

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Slow-burning soul

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2000 at 12:00 AM

This CD is kinda like one of those smoldering fires: A little hard to get started, but once the spark catches it’ll keep you warm for a good long while. The first couple of cuts on this CD are fine enough, meaning they’re well-written, well-performed and well-polished. The professionalism...

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