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Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (35 of 36)
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Other Voices Other Rooms ~ Nanci Griffith
Other Voices Other Rooms ~ Nanci Griffith
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
When an artist decides to put out an album of cover versions the alarm bells usually start to ring. Well you can switch off the alarm here. Quite apart from the fact that many of the songs aren't too familiar, Nanci manages to add something to those you do know. At the familiar end we have songs by artists including Dylan, Ralph McTell, Tom Paxton, Woody Guthrie & John Prine. Dylan even plays harmonica on his own Boots of Spanish Leather. But there are less familiar names - say GP Cook and Ralph Roland, who wrote Are You Tired Of Me Darling in 1877. The strength of the album is the real love of the songs you can feel coming through. Nanci is enjoying herself here - and she has a strong… Read more
Reaching to the Converted [VINYL] ~ Billy Bragg
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The reviews I read of this album on it's release seemed to suggest this was one only for the Billy Bragg completist. As I sit listening to it I can't quite bring myself to agree. Yes, there are one or two alternative versions of tracks which appear elsewhere - notably Shirley (otherwise known as Greetings to the New Brunette) and Accident Waiting to Happen. But there are also a few tracks which are harder to come by - mainly B-sides of some of Billy's singles. It's definitely worth investigating with tracks like Dick Gaughan's "Think Again" or Anna McGarrigle's "Heart Like A Wheel". This choice of cover versions shows Billy has roots in traditional folk music as well as… Read more
Diamond Dogs ~ David Bowie
Diamond Dogs ~ David Bowie
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Yes, it was originally supposed to be for a musical based on 1984. At the end of the day though it stands alone on the strength of the songs. This is, on occasion, my favourite Bowie album - although a great many of his albums have also held that spot. It starts with the spoken Future Legend which Bowie later made the mistake of trying to emulate on the Glass Spider. It sets the tone for one or two fairly dark moments - notably the Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise) section. This for me is the highlight of the whole album - strong both lyrically and musically. While some of the songs link obviously to the 1984 theme, these fit in feel unlike the rather more obvious 1984 and Big… Read more