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Paul McCartney: New

Read "Paul McCartney: New" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Welcome back Paul McCartney. For lack of a better phrase, he's back to where he once belonged. He's released a collection of songs that is all at once lyrically pleasing, Beatlesque, forward-thinking, modern, vintage and above all else rocking. On New, Sir Paul sounds re-energized. Gone are the introspective, reflective and somewhat somber lyrics and music ...

Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

Read "So Beautiful or So What" reviewed by John Kelman

After successful run at self-producing, yielding hits like Graceland (Warner Bros., 1986) and The Rhythm of the Saints (Warner Bros., 1990), Paul Simon reunites with Phil Ramone for So Beautiful or So What, the singer/songwriter's first album since the largely overlooked Surprise (Warner Bros., 2006). Ramone last worked with the singer/songwriter on One Trick Pony (Warner ...

John Mellencamp: Life, Death, Love & Freedom

Read "Life, Death, Love & Freedom" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Packaged in an environmentally friendly cardboard sleeve, Mellencamp has called this his CD of “modern electric folksongs." Life, Death, Love & Freedom contains 14 tracks, most of which are about life, death and love--hence the title.

Bluesy, but in a different manner than 2003's superb Trouble No More (Columbia), Life Death Love & Freedom is very ...

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Joni Mitchell: Shine

Read "Shine" reviewed by John Kelman

With a remarkable career that includes the near-perfect Asylum triptych of Court and Spark (1974), The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975) and Hejira (1976), it's almost beyond reasonable expectation for Joni Mitchell to produce an album that, more than three decades later, lives up to those early classics. Still, while Shine doesn't quite have the magic ...

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Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

Read "Possibilities" reviewed by John Kelman

First things first: Herbie Hancock's new record is unabashed pop. A “project in the truest sense of the word, Possibilities was built by Hancock from the ground floor up by enlisting a group of singer/songwriters--some older, some younger; some established, some up and coming--as the spirit moved him over a lengthy period of time. This isn't ...