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Brady Harris: Year of the Pug

Brady Harris has a knack for crafting nice, Beatles-like pop songs, but it's possible to get too much of a good thing.

Rod Lockwood
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Elton John and Leon Russell: The Union

The collaboration between piano men John and Russell comes up flat. A flagging energy level and over-reliance on ballads weighs The Union down.

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http://www.deccarecords-us.com

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www.deccarecords-us.com

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Robert Cray Band: Cookin' in Mobile

Robert Cray's third live album in four years comes up short due to unfortunate song choices and meandering arrangements.

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John Mellencamp: No Better Than This

John Mellencamp finally hits the late-career creative reset button and makes one of his best ever.

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http://www.vanguardrecords.com

SAVE / IGNORE: Labels

Vanguard/Nozzle

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www.rounder.com

SAVE / IGNORE: Labels

www.vanguardrecords.com

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Crash Test Dummies: Oooh Lala!

The Canadian band's first disc in six years features some truly strange arrangements and an intriguing mix of new tunes.

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Deep Fried

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Indigo Girls: Staring Down the Brilliant Dream

As much as any band of their era, the Indigo Girls are free to do whatever they want without worrying about critical acclaim or commercial interests. This unfettered approach makes for great live music.

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Foxy Shazam: Foxy Shazam

This major label debut is a fetching marriage of '70s-era rock without any of the classic rock trappings.

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Peter Wolf: Midnight Souvenirs

Former J. Geils Band frontman crafts another solo winner, mixing country, soul, and rock into an intoxicating late-night musical cocktail.

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Verve/UME

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Mose Allison: The Way of the World

Blues/jazz icon returns with his first new disc in 12 years, a brilliant song cycle produced by Joe Henry.

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Graham Parker: Imaginary Television

Veteran singer/songwriter Graham Parker continues his decade-long string of excellent releases with another gem.

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www.anti.com


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