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Saturday, October 01, 2005

#726 - Sailing To Philadelphia, Mark Knopfler

"Knopfler's basic approach remains the same -- as a guitarist, he is still enamored of the minor-key finger-picking style of J.J. Cale, and as a singer/songwriter, he remains enthralled with Bob Dylan. But in one song after another on this album, you get the feeling that he started out playing some familiar song in a specific genre and eventually extrapolated upon it enough to call it an original." (allmusic guide)

#725 - Duke, Genesis

"On Duke, Genesis took a major step away from their art rock past toward commercially acceptable pop music. Not only are the songs shorter here, but the arrangements are less dense, the production is given a pop sheen, and Tony Banks' keyboard work, a hallmark of the group as late as their previous album, is pushed into more of a textural role. As such, it is Phil Collins who comes to the fore here, both as a writer and as bandleader." (allmusic guide)

#724 - Hell Freezes Over, The Eagles

"The Eagles' first newly recorded album in 14 years gets off to a good start with the rocker "Get Over It," a timely piece of advice about accepting responsibility, followed by the tender ballad "Love Will Keep Us Alive," the country-styled "The Girl From Yesterday," and "Learn to Be Still," one of Don Henley's more thoughtful statements." (allmusic guide)

#723 - Home, Dixie Chicks

"With so many Nashville acts playing mainstream pop, the Dixie Chicks' long-awaited sixth album is a refreshing breath of sweet country air. Even their gorgeous cover of Stevie Nicks' "Landslide" gets dressed up with all the rootsy frills that made albums like the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack a phenomenon." (real music guide)

#722 - How Late'll Ya Play 'Til? Vol. 1, David Bromberg Band

"David Bromberg has been such an effective sideman for so long, it could be possible to not notice what a wonderful entertainer the man is when he is at center stage. How Late'll Ya Play 'Til?, Vol. 1 catches Bromberg and a crack band having a fine time on mostly humorous tunes. Of course, Bromberg does play guitar throughout the album, but the real attraction here is his bluesy vocal turns and his razor-sharp comedic timing." (allmusic guide)


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