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
Magnolia Electric Co.: Fading Trails

Good songs culled from four different sessions for four different albums makes Magnolia's latest scatterbrained and unsatisfying.

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19 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jim Noir: Tower of Love

Tower of Love hums with 60s pop brilliantine and childhood nostalgia, its easy grace and catchy melodies difficult to resist

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19 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pretty Flowers: Pretty Flowers

Garage punk band has some skills, but they're buried under murky production.

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Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials: Rattleshake

An heir to the so-called "reincarnation of Elmore James", Ed Williams, A1 blues slide guitarist, rocks blues in a strong little combo -- live!

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19 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Doug Powell: Four Seasons

Doug Powell wrote songs for the New Cars. They said no. He kept them. And they're head and shoulders above anything Elliott Easton and Todd Rundgren brought to their Version 2.0 table.

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Chris Smither: Leave the Light On

Smither's songs, his singing, and his playing make this a wonderful acoustic folk and blues album.

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18 Sep 2006 // 11:50 PM

Earlymay: Little Answers

Even this slight jump forward doesn't give Earlymay enough of an identity to really make an impact.

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18 Sep 2006 // 4:00 PM

Emily Haines

has that down pat.

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18 Sep 2006 // 8:00 AM

Russian Circles: Enter

A massively heavy instrumental album that packs more sonic oomph into one song than most bands can muster in a career

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18 Sep 2006 // 6:00 AM

Sound Advice: Play Anything

Yeah, it's intriguing to hear Sam Cooke blend into the Bangles, but it's not the best way to spend an hour.

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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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