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06 Aug

The Listen List

Sounds that are not silent this week:


1. “Elton Duck” by Elton Duck – After 30-something years, an album of terrific pop/new wave finally sees the light of day from a group that included future Bangle Michael Steele. Little bits of Blondie, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, and Sparks rolled into a tasty, yet too-long-delayed, set.

2. “The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2” by Joss Stone – The reviews have not been glowing on this, yet I have really enjoyed it. Some lost R&B gems get a new life here and I appreciate it and think she does a very good job with them. BTW – yes, I have heard all the originals and frankly, not all of them stand the test of time. So this refresh is, well, refreshing. So to all the reviewers out there who are dissing her for doing these songs, I say go blow your pretentiousness out yer arse and just relax and enjoy.

3. “Fleetwood Mac” and “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac – Thanks to a sale at Amazon, I got these to revisit and marvel at all over again.

4. “Electra Heart” by Marina and the Diamonds – It’s like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga had a baby. It’s not awesome, but it is pretty fun. How can you resist a song called “Bubblegum Bitch?”

5. “The Very Best of Chicago” by Chicago – I’ve resisted buying any Chicago product ever since seeing them in concert way back in 1987. The concert was bland and they were truly assholes on stage. I think they were pissed that the audience was about 1/2 full and were requesting stuff like “Colour My World.” But it was hard to resist and I finally had to give in to hear both the brilliant early years and the latter day David Foster schlock (although pretty damn good schlock).


1. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac – I dunno. This song gets me every time. Brilliance by Ms. Nicks.

2. “First Taste of Hurt” by Joss Stone – This song is an extra track on the deluxe version of the album above. Not sure why it was an extra because it bests a lot of the songs that made the regular release. This is one where the original by Willie Tee is pretty damn sweet.

3. “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” by Kathy Mattea – Just such a great country song by a wonderful artist.

4. “Yo, Mister” by Patti LaBelle – Ms. LaBelle vs. Prince. Dee-lishus. She goes all freaky crazy near the end. Did well on the R&B chart, but should have been a pop hit as well.

5. ” Bubblegum Bitch” by Marina and the Diamonds – C’mon, the title alone belongs on this list.


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