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Shawn Colvin: Uncovered

Read "Uncovered" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There are two trends occurring in popular music that are both equally welcome to “those of a certain age." These are classic rock titans or their later devotees, performing their landmark albums, from beginning to end, in concert. The Rolling Stones performing Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones, 1971) in its entirety at Los Angeles' Fonda Theater, May 20, 2015 and Phish's “Musical Costume" presenting Little Feat's monumental Waiting for Columbus (Warner Bros., 1978) immediately come to mind. The ...

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Shawn Colvin: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by John Kelman

In these days of Pro Tools, punch-ins, and quantizing, it's a sad reality that many artists who sound great on record are incapable of pulling off live performances of equal quality; it's now possible to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Then there's singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin. Starting with the breakthrough hit Steady On (Columbia, 1989), her studio albums have all been beautifully crafted, thanks in no small part to the astute choices and sonic layering of longtime ...

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Shawn Colvin: These Four Walls

Read "These Four Walls" reviewed by John Kelman

For her first Nonesuch release, singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin and longtime producer/co-writer John Leventhal strip things back to the basics. The same approach made her 1989 Columbia debut Steady On a refreshing breath of fresh air at a time when kitchen sink production was de rigueur. Both have matured as artists in the ensuing years, and These Four Walls is a more polished affair, but it's still ultimately about the songs--and presenting them as honestly as possible, with a minimum of ...


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