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

17 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Vince Gill: These Days

Four complete CDs is a healthy box set for many artists, but usually not a singular offering for most. Nevertheless, these days are certainly happy ones for Vince Gill fans.

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15 Dec 2006 // 2:30 AM

Dreamgirls (2006)

The decidedly uneven score embraces the music of its moment, from soul to Motown to pop to disco, all filtered through Broadway, which means it's all too watery and white.

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

As quick and resolute as Chris may be, he's still caught up in the fiction around him, The Pursuit of Happyness, which is not nearly so smart.

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15 Dec 2006 // 2:00 AM

Home of the Brave (2006)

You pretty much know what's about to happen in Irwin Winkler's utterly sincere and poorly executed look at veterans' troubles readjusting to the World.

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15 Dec 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ricardo Arjona

Few people in the U.S. have heard of Ricardo Arjona, but when he arrived in Buenos Aires last September, his 34 shows there sold out in just hours.

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14 Dec 2006 // 9:03 PM

Garth: Unleash the Hound

The San Fransisco-based DJ showcases party-grade electro-house with a retro twist from his Grayhound label.

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14 Dec 2006 // 9:02 PM

Stephan Crump: Rosetta

Not loud, not simple, not rebarbative, not monotonous, not short on linear, harmonic or textural imagination.

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The Twilight of Atheism by Alister McGrath

There can be little doubt, looking across the horizons of contemporary society and assuming any objective measure, that the notion of godlessness has reached a nadir.

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14 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

Paolo Nutini: Live Sessions

To look at the impossibly cute nineteen year old singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini, you’d think he would sound like a choirboy. Instead, his voice is

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14 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Ruby in Her Navel: A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century by Barry Unsworth

The emphasis here is less on action than on character and motivation, and the tempo overall is mostly andante moderato, not allegro vivace.

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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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