September 28, 2007 Fresh Air's rock critic reviews Revival, the new solo album from the onetime Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman. It's out Oct. 2, with 12 new originals from the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer.
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September 28, 2007 In a mid-'50s jazz landscape increasingly dominated by bebop's aftermath, the largely forgotten band Les Jazz Modes stood apart. "Hoo-Tai" finds the group's chops integrating deftly with its orchestral experiments, and the sum is a finely sculpted, acutely appealing jazz tune.
September 27, 2007 At first, The Avett Brothers' "Yardsale" unfolds as a fairly straightforward study of the mundane items at a neighborhood yard sale. But then, three-quarters of the way through, the North Carolina brothers shift gears radically, speculating about how nice it would be to burn the whole lot of it.
September 27, 2007 Former Stray Cats leader Brian Setzer has collaborated with legendary arranger Frank Comstock for a new musical, Wolfgang's Big Night Out.
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September 26, 2007 Fresh Air's jazz critic reviews Quartet, a live performance from the McCoy Tyner Quartet, featuring pianist McCoy Tyner, saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts.
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September 26, 2007 Employing the help of producer John McEntire, Thomas D'Arcy's showcases his skill for merging captivating hooks with pensive self-awareness.
September 25, 2007 By a quirk of fate, two of the biggest new artists to emerge in recent years — James Blunt and KT Tunstall — deliver their long awaited second albums this week. Blunt, the British singer and keyboardist, returns with a 10-song set entitled All The Lost Souls. Tunstall, born in Scotland, calls her 11-song collection Drastic Fantastic.
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September 25, 2007 Gonzalez's "Killing for Love" opens with the intimate sound of fingers caressing guitar strings. His voice never rises above a clear-eyed tone, but Gonzalez's buzzy finger-picking and Erik Bodin's thwacking conga drum combine to form a hypnotic, driven pulse.
September 25, 2007 The soul singer's new album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3, is generating quite a buzz. The award-winning singer talks about the events of her seven-year, singing career, including a new film in the works.
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September 25, 2007 Fresh Air's rock critic reviews The Con, the fifth album from Canadian twins Tegan and Sara Quin. Their music has been heard in a number of American TV shows, including Grey's Anatomy, The L Word and Medium.
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September 24, 2007 Stars' albums toggle back and forth between fizzy pop and dark snapshots of relationships in distress. On "Personal," singers Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell demonstrate that they've mastered the art of he-said/she-said ballads that expose raw nerves and rawer emotions.
September 21, 2007 Hoop crafts an eclectic concoction of troubadour folk, summery California pop and Broadway balladry. At times, the music can be introspectively nuanced, at others powerful and cinematic.
September 20, 2007 On Fast Computers' "Sweden Hasn't Changed, You Have," a minimal, pinball-like loop explodes into a swirl of carnival-esque synth washes evocative of Low-era Bowie. The melody is powerful, haunting and stark, but it also seems organic and natural.
September 19, 2007 Great Northern's "Low Is a Height" doesn't break a ton of lyrical ground: Instead, it's content to use vague phrases to help pile on the atmosphere. It's an effective strategy, as the song functions as the musical embodiment of a mood that's somehow both sunny and oppressive.
September 18, 2007 The CD Motel Lovers is a collection of Southern soul music from the Chitlin circuit. It's a compilation of American music put together by a German record company. The music is honest... and full of sex.
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