May 20, 2007

Aging Brits Play Blind Faith Tunes

Now is the summer of our nostalgia, made glorious by these bands of yore. Add another quasi-reunion to the growing list: Eric Clapton joined former Blind Faith mate Steve Winwood

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ALO – Recreating the Script

For its new studio album Roses & Clover, ALO decided to shake things up. For most bands, that might mean a lineup change, a new genre direction, or even a complete songwriting overhaul.   For ALO, it meant changing none of those internal workings, but instead focusing on the powers of the studio album–and surprise.

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Feist: The Reminder

Where the Billie Holiday and Kate Bush comparisons are easy, there are contemporary touches from those of Imogen Heap and Cat Power that make The Reminder a very “present” recording. The one failing of The Reminder is that it doesn’t live up to Let It Die, but in Feist’s terms, she’d rather be intimate than play “can you top this.”

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The Sea and Cake: Everybody

e Sea and Cake’s disposition has long been one of elation; Sam Prekop’s lifted vocals drifting above shimmering pop constructions. That disposition remains unchanged on Everybody, the Chicago quartet’s seventh full-length offering and its first in four years.

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