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Review: Christmas Closeout

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2009 by 30daysout

Going to take a whack at the last few new releases that’s caught our attention in the past few weeks … a lot of old-guy stuff, a new blues-roots classic and a pretty good anthology from the Lone Star State:

Neil Young has been endlessly releasing archive material the past year or so, and his newest, Dreamin’ Man Live ’92 is a live show from the 1992 solo tour that preceded the album Harvest Moon.  Impeccably recorded and performed in the same order as the studio album, the songs here match or in some cases surpass the studio versions.  At the time Young performed these songs he received more than a few catcalls and gripes from audiences hoping to hear his greatest hits.  None of that animosity appears on Dreamin’ Man, though, and it’s too bad – that would have been a welcome spark to a live set that needs a little more life.

Stream the entire Dreamin’ Man album at Never Get Out Of The Boat!

Something’s up with the new Jimmy Buffett album, Buffet Hotel, and it’s not the apparent misspelling on the album cover (actually it’s a real hotel/whorehouse somewhere in Africa).  The 63-year-old singer/songwriter tries to return to his “roots” on this new album, and relies on co-writers to produce music that sounds an awful lot like the stuff he’s been releasing the last four decades or so.  You got yer summer song (“Summerzcool”), you got yer topical talking folk blues (“A Lot To Drink About”), and you got yer songs that are going to be live favorites on the next tour (“Rhumba Man,” “Surfing In A Hurricane”).  For Parrotheads only.

MP3: “Surfing In A Hurricane” by Jimmy Buffett

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Review: “Warpaint,” The Black Crowes

Posted in Review with tags , , on April 18, 2008 by 30daysout

Written by our contributing reviewer Jeff Balke … check out his blog here

The Brothers Robinson return with their first studio album in eight years in Warpaint, a classic mix of rock and blues infused with soul and gospel, tinged religious metaphor and loaded with memorable hooks. The Black Crowes added a few new members since Lions including guitarist Luther Dickinson from the North Mississippi All-Stars and introduces the Crowes to life as an indie band (the first on their Silver Arrow label).

While many of the sounds on Warpaint will be familiar to Crowes fans – few moreso than the swingy rocker “Evergreen” and the single “Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution” – independence agrees with the Robinsons as they stretch their musical wings on the Beatle-influenced rocker “Wounded Bird,” dig in to some authentic southern gospel on “God’s Got It” and get psychedelic with “Movin’ On Down the Line.”

The disc seems to slip a bit toward the end with the ghost town country ballad “There’s Gold in Them Hills” and the trippy Zep-inspired acoustic of “Here Comes the Daylight,” but the meat of the record, including the absolutely breathtaking ballad “Oh Josephine,” sounds like the Crowes have embraced their newly found freedom and that is a very good thing for listeners.

MP3: Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution

MP3: Evergreen

Black Crowes official website