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Real Gone
Real Gone
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good by any standard but Tom's, 18 Oct 2004
This review is from: Real Gone (Audio CD)
After 30 odd years of great albums it would be very easy to say that this is yet another classic - a statement which no doubt many Waits fans will come out with. This fan sadly isn't so impressed this time.
Being in posession of the great man's entire back catalogue I can safely say that there isn't a single 'duff' album amongst them and indeed, this latest album is very far from duff. Sonically it's similar to Waits' 80s masterpieces Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs - it shares the same kind of instrumental experimentation and guitar lines (thanks to the return of Marc Ribot.) What it doesn't share however is the underlying musicality which those albums had in bucket loads.
Of course, like any Tom Waits album it has some really strong tracks - Hoist That Rag being one of my favourites - but it doesn't have the consistency that you would expect from him.
Don't get me wrong this is a good album by any standards, but by Tom Waits' standards it's not up there. If you're a fan you'll have got hold of a copy long ago. If you're not a fan but want to get into the great man's music start with Swordfishtrombones / Raindogs, or Heart of Saturday Night / Small Change if you're more interested in the earlier material.

Soul Journey
Soul Journey
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from the briliant Gillian Welch, 5 Jun 2003
This review is from: Soul Journey (Audio CD)
She seems to have done it again - another great album that's as good and goes further than Time (the Revelator).
Welch is singing with far greater confidence than before and with greater clarity, as if she's beginning to find her place. The songs are top notch, as you'd expect, and her sound is becoming broader with the use of new instrumentation ideas.
If you're a Gillian Welch fan, the record's all you'd expect and more. If you're new to her music, this album's as good a place as any to start your discovery of one the most talented recording artists at work today.

Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now
Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now
by Brian Hinton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.42

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really quite dreadful., 26 Dec 2002
This book is absolutely dire. The author's use of language is tiresome, rambling and sycophantic and quite cringe-worthy in places. It has a few interesting facts here and there but much of it is just the author's speculation. This book just really, really annoyed me.
I suggest you spend your money on something more worthwhile, like one of Mitchell's albums.

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