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John Oats

Mississippi Mile

(Elektra/PS; US: 12 Apr 2011; UK: 12 Apr 2011)

John Oates: Mississippi Mile

Comprised of covers and originals, this latest solo offering from one half of the Hall and Oates hit machine suffers from a feeling of sterility—it’s produced with radio in mind, something that undercuts the attempts at being “stripped down,” such as on “Please Send Me Someone to Love”, the opening, titular cut, and a failed attempted at swamp soul, “Deep River”. Among the two most unnecessary cuts are the revamped the Hall and Oates classic “You Make My Dreams Come True” and Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up”. The former becomes self-parody, while the latter is more somnolent than sexy. It’s too bad, because Oates can be a formidable musical presence. He just isn’t here.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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