John Dent

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (23 of 27)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,156,371 - Total Helpful Votes: 23 of 27
The Wishing Chair ~ 10,000 Maniacs
The Wishing Chair ~ 10,000 Maniacs
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Their first release on Elektra, before their more polished albums would receive more widespread acclaim, "The Wishing Chair" has been unfairly neglected. And it's this lack of Amazon stars which has spurred me to write this review one early Thursday morning. I guess it's understandable why this album has been overlooked; musically it's often an undistinguished affair with some nice tunes marred by a cluttered production, and it is this production, along with Merchant's sometime inaudible delivery which serve to mask some of the finest lyrics ever written about some of the least promising topics in the history of popdom. Songs about the plight of native Americans, union rights for… Read more
Kings Record Shop ~ Rosanne Cash
Kings Record Shop ~ Rosanne Cash
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The release of King’s Record Shop coincided with a surprising upturn in critical acclaim for country music in the UK, and the album consequently rode the “New Country” wave alongside releases from contempories such as Lovett, Yoakam, and Griffith. The New Country epithet was not simply a marketing tool, but also served as a shorthand for many fans, ever keen to distinguish between “good” and “bad” country music. But how things have changed. In 1987 “bad” country music was not simply the pop-country of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, but also the seemingly mawkish, overblown and very male variety of Jones, Haggard, and, to some extent,… Read more

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