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Track Review: Ray LaMontagne, “Supernova”

“I want you to be my girl.” So goes the refrain during the chorus of Ray Lamontagne’s new single, “Supernova.” It’s such a simple request, if one that isn’t made lightly. And yet the singer/songwriter races to cram as many...

Bonnie Tyler, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”

For about a month in 1983, Jim Steinman ruled the music world. The songwriter pulled off the amazing feat of having a pair of his songs recorded by different artists sitting at #1 and #2 on the Billboard pop...

Track Review: Conor Oberst, “Hundreds Of Ways”

Between solo work, bands, and side projects, it once seemed like Conor Oberst was an unstoppable force of songwriting and recording. Yet almost three years have passed since Oberst’s last full-length album proper (2011’s The People’s Key with Bright...

“I Believe In Father Christmas,” By Greg Lake

In the midst of a season where hearing the old familiar carols and oft-played classic versions of Christmas songs can drive you to thoughts of humbug, Greg Lake’s “I Believe In Father Christmas” holds up to the multiple spins...

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Darlene Love

"(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home" As the decades pass, we tend to think less frequently of Christmas carols when considering Christmas music, though many carols are melodic marvels that have endured for centuries. But numerous contemporary Christmas songs, such as...

“A Long December,” Counting Crows

December is a time of year when we are barraged by festiveness and holiday spirit to the point where it can all become overbearingly cheery. This unrelenting glee flies in the face of the fact that there is no...

Ray Davies, “Thanksgiving Day”

When it comes to analyzing and dissecting a particular aspect of a culture, it sometimes takes an outsider to do it best. When that outsider is an immensely talented songwriter like Ray Davies, the end product can elucidate something...

Track Review: U2, “Ordinary Love”

U2 “Ordinary Love” Rating: dos out of catorce stars For discerning U2 fans and cautious apologists — and completists who weren’t warded off with How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and No Line on the Horizon — the...

Track Review: Glen Hansard, “Drive All Night”

Glen Hansard “Drive All Night” Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars If Bruce Springsteen’s The River taught us anything, it’s that The Boss is one of the best ballad writers the U.S. has ever known. Glen Hansard of The Frames and Once...

Track Review: Dierks Bentley, “I Hold On”

“I Hold On” Dierks Bentley Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars One of the most enduring themes in country music is staying true to your roots — to recognize who you are and where you’re from. Which isn’t to say that country need...
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