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Thursday, October 06, 2005

#425 - Feats Don't Fail Me Now, Little Feat

"Feats Don't Fail Me Now is the pinnacle of Little Feat as a group, showcasing each member at their finest. Not coincidentally, it's the moment where George begins to recede from the spotlight, leaving the band as a true democracy. These observations are only clear in hindsight, since if Feats Don't Fail Me Now is just taken as a record, it's nothing more than a damn good rock & roll record. That's not meant as a dismissal, either, since it's hard to make a rock & roll record as seemingly effortless and infectious as this." (allmusic guide)

#424 - Surfacing, Sarah McLachLan

"Released in 1997, Surfacing is highlighted by the workman-like perfection of "Building a Mystery," which was all over the radio at the time, and the haunting "Angel," which displays McLachlan's talents as a singer. She bolsters her ghost-calling vocals with a sturdy rhythm section, and the result is a record that sold in the mega-gajillion-zillions." (real music guide)

#423 - Kaya, Bob Marley & The Wailers

"The album Kaya could be easily construed as an open love letter or musical paean to the lifestyle that Marley so eagerly embraced and promoted. Themes of commonality and unity pervade this release more so than previous albums. Likewise, the overt political stances that had become somewhat of a moniker for Marley and the Wailers are temporarily replaced by timeless compositions, such as the eternally optimistic "Easy Skanking" and "Is This Love."" (allmusic guide)

#422 - Ingenue, k.d. lang

"To stake out her own individual territory somewhere between Patsy Cline and Billie Holiday without relying on pop standards is a feat in itself. The 10 original compositions allow full reign to lang's spectacularly expressive voice. One misses the sense of humor and playful spirit that has infused lang's music in the past, but that can wait until next time 'round when she's recovered from whatever major personal crisis served as inspiration for Ingenue. For now, listen and weep." (allmusic guide)


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