Shake It Up: All the Music Thats Fit to Freak Out About

‘Shake It Up’: All the Music That’s Fit to Freak Out About

By Chris Barsanti

The Library of America’s rollicking greatest-hits volume of music criticism is an awesomely unwieldy pile of opinion that celebrates not just music, but the very act of appreciating and understanding it. 22 May 2017 // 9:30 AM

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//Recent Reviews

8 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

Victory: Fuel to the Fire

Middling '80s metal band covers own songs, yielding middling results.

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8 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Mary Mary + Take 6

Christmas can be a time for quiet reflection or loud partying. Of course, there's nothing wrong with doing both at once...

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Carly Simon: Into White

Into White serves the legacy of Carly Simon very well... it is a gift for the soul that holds up well beyond waking up from that afternoon nap.

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O.M.F.O.: We Are the Shepherds

O.M.F.O.’s merging of Eastern folk and Kraftwerkian dub on the Essay label is therefore only as surprising as, say, finding Osama bin Laden in his cave listening to Joe Meek.

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8 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tringo

How is it that Tringo has become so popular? Why, its association with gambling, of course.

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Lyrics Born: Overnight Encore

I would rather that Lyrics Born just knuckled down and gave us another studio album, for chrissake.

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Song of the Crow by Layne Maheu

What makes the novel appealing, though, is less the novel's dogma than its ability to conjure a world orientated around song, flight, and roosts, and its "strange pity" for human and crow alike.

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The Smithereens: Meet the Smithereens

This fun and faithful tribute to Meet the Beatles marks the welcome return of the once-great Smithereens and a passionate ode to a nearly forgotten, seminal Fab Four LP.

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8 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Boston Legal - Season 2

Boston Legal, fashioned out of the decaying corpse of The Practice, alternates its vaudevillian cases with ones involving pungent social issues.

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Beatnik Filmstars: Barking (A Collection of Oddities)

The self-proclaimed British version of Guided by Voices releases a 31-track compilation of rarities and abnormalities.

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Supernatural Sets the Stage for Season Finalé With “There's Something About Mary”

// Channel Surfing

"A busy episode in which at least one character dies, two become puppets, and three are trapped and left for dead in an unlikely place.

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