November 1, 2006 Robert Christgau reviews the latest CD from vocalist Maria Muldaur, best known for her quirky 1970s pop tune "Midnight at the Oasis." Her new CD is Heart of Mine: Maria Muldaur Sings Love Songs of Bob Dylan. Reviewer Robert Christgau says Muldaur put the passion in these tunes in a way most singers don't match because they probably didn't know Dylan put all that passion there in the first place.
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October 19, 2006 The Hold Steady is led by a very wordy, not-so-great singer named Craig Finn. The group's latest CD is Boys and Girls in America — a title taken from a line by Jack Kerouac. The line goes, "Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together." Critic Robert Christgau says that despite the band sounding a bit more like Bruce Springsteen, the characters are strong and indeed quite sad.
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