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    1. Modern Times
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    2. These Four Walls
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    3. We Shall Overcome: The Seeger
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    4. Adieu False Heart
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    5. Long Island Shores
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    6. Leave the Light On
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    7. Big Iron World
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    8. Begin to Hope
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    9. Hello Love
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    10. Songbird
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    11. "Love and Theft"
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    12. Firecracker
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    13. Funnel Cloud
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    14. Grace
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    16. Essential Leonard Cohen
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    17. The Very Best of Peter, Paul &
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    18. O.C.M.S.
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    19. Fair & Square
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    20. White Ladder

    1. Modern Times
    Audio CD (29 August, 2006)
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    Asin: B000GFLAI0
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    At a time when the majority of those his age are drifting into retirement, 65-year-old Bob Dylan has put the capper on a three-record run that ranks with the best in his storied, 44-album career. Like Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fresh Breeze Blowin
    The music contained within this CD is simply brilliant, particularly when compared for what passes as commercial music these days.Dylan's songwriting and vocals are superb and his production efforts are flawless. The band is in top form and the mix is spot on.This project,as most of Dylan's recorded work, will stand the test of time. My only criticism is the absence of any acknowledgement for songwriting inspiration. Certainly at least a "tip of the hat"is deserved by Big Maceo Merriweather for his influence of Worried Life Blues for Someday Baby. Same goes for Hambone Willie Newbern as it relates to Rollin and Tumblin. Perhaps, we'll have to wait for the next chapter of Chronicles to acknowledge these artists.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Like Wine
    Like wine, and as another reviewer has already commented, Dylan really does get better with age... though that's not to detract at all from his past masterpieces. There are several in depth reviews written so I figure I can make this one short and sweet: the album is great and worth a listen whether you're a long time DYlan fan, a Dylan neophyte, or never cared for him (can't imagine many belonging to this last group...)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still Magical
    Having grown up with hard rock and merging in to jazz with age,I'm not sure what prompted me to buy the album.I hadn't heard it or about it.Bob Dylan was just some wierd musician to me - This one album has changed all that; I'm a new Bob Dylan fan -Modern Times is pure musical magic.It is at the same time haunting, ironic, true, brilliant...(yes I'm beginning to purchase older stuff now..I've a lot of catch-up work to do!)One review labled the music "pedadantic" - likely not a musicians point of view.No it's not oversaturated with gizmo sound and yes it lacks the immediately catchy Brittany Spears pop sound.Bob Dylan is the wrong place to look for that anyway.Relax, reminisce, day-dream - older is sometimes better! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Blues-Rock    3. Folk-Rock    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. Rock    7. Rock & Roll    8. Rock/Pop    9. Singer/Songwriter   


    2. These Four Walls
    by Nonesuch
    Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000FIMHFS
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Shawn Colvin's fans are a dedicated and patient lot. They've had to be, to have waited five years for this new release and nearly six for the one before it. But she rewards the faithful with gems every time, and Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful gift from one of our purest talents
    At times rueful, angry, sad and hopeful, Shawn Colvin's new release paints a musical landscape of deep introspection and timeless beauty.Her words penetrate the active listener, a verse, chorus or phrase may touch one of us more than another depending on what life has dealt us (or we've dealt ourselves!), but be assured that there is something here for all of us.John Leventhal (whom I saw a few weeks back onstage with his beautiful and talented wife and musical partner, Rosanne Cash), is, and always has been, a perfect match for Shawn's musical voice.Together, and surrounded by a typically great list of musicians, they have created another masterwork.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ain't it cool-
    I absolutely loved "A Few Small Repairs" and was not sure Shawn would ever be able to top it.Well, she does. I agree that less production is more-- she doesn't need it. In fact, she should do a completely solo album w/voice & guitar and maybe have a few tracks with another guitar & bass thrown in.Her rendition of Westerberg's "Even Here We Are" is perfect--and *almost* makes up for "Every Little Thing He Does is Magic..."I think John Lennon would have liked this one.Seriously.
    5-0 out of 5 stars BestShawn Colvin Album Ever!
    I read on one of these things that this was not an "accessible" album or some such rot. Baloney. This is a GREAT album. Period.
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    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Contemporary Folk    3. Contemporary Singer/Songwriter    4. Folk-Pop    5. Pop    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop    8. Singer/Songwriter    9. United States of America   


    3. We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
    Audio CD (25 April, 2006)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    The premise was simple. Bruce Springsteen invites a dozen or so New York City musicians--packing banjos, fiddles, accordions and the like--to his New Jersey farmhouse for a three-day hootenanny, and tape is rolling. The results are sublime, his 21st album featuring their versions of songs harvested from Springsteen's dog-eared LPs by Pete Seeger. Not all written by Seeger, the songs are how the American folk icon interpreted them, and these organic recordings, with no rehearsals or overdubs, pay tribute with the simplicity and spontaneity he intended. It's not hard to link Springsteen's dissatisfaction with American politics to the protest song "We Shall Overcome" or even the Irish ballad "Mrs. McGrath," where he alters the lyrics to read, "I'd rather have my son as he used to be/Than the King of America and his whole navy." But the beauty of these Seeger Sessions are pieces that underscore the mood of the bandleader, which borders on down-home amusement: the bluegrass outlaw ballad "Jesse James," the Dylanesque "Pay Me My Money Down" and the euphoric "Jacob's Ladder," a gumbo-and-whiskey-fueled romp that could pass for the closing hymn at the Church of Asbury Park. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Old Time Culture with a Modern Flair
    I bought this right before a road trip.My sister and I fell in love with it.Our 11 year old niece is always making requests whenever we're in the car.She and I can't help but belt out "PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN!"I have also found that it really makes cleaning the house a lot more fun too.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable
    I have a rule: I don't ever give 5 stars to album full of covers.I had to think long and hard about breaking that rule for this one, but I couldn't do it.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Too Loud
    Too many intstruments playing at once.I think this was done to bulk up the songs and drown out their flaws.Too much shouting by Bruce and the band.Forgettable. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Americana    2. Contemporary Folk    3. Folk-Rock    4. Heartland Rock    5. Pop    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop    8. Roots Rock    9. Singer/Songwriter   


    4. Adieu False Heart
    by Vanguard Records
    Audio CD (25 July, 2006)
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    Asin: B000FP2IYQ
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This teaming of Linda Ronstadt and Cajun folk traditionalist Ann Savoy, billing themselves as the Zozo Sisters, shows how wide is the musical range of bittersweetness. The harmonies and shared lead vocals offer a complementary contrast between Ronstadt's purity of tone and Savoy's more piquant expressiveness. The arrangements turn folk songs into art songs, drawing as much upon chamber strings as Cajun fiddle and accordion. There's an exquisite beauty to the vocals, but the real surprise is how well the album holds together, given a range of material that extends from Cajun songs in French patois to stellar material from Julie Miller ("I Can't Get Over You," with husband Buddy Miller on guitar) and Richard Thompson ("King of Bohemia," "Burns' Supper") to a disarming revival of the Left Banke's 1960s hit "Walk Away Renee." Among other highlights, "Go Away from My Window" provides a showcase for the upper register of Ronstadt's soprano, and Savoy's lead vocals on Bill Monroe's "The One I Love Is Gone" bring out the blues in bluegrass. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Disc
    Awsome, just plain awsome. Every song on here is a pure delight. Linda, if you are reading this then you should know you have put out a wonderful disc and we thank God for you being such a talented artist.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Songs
    Ronstadt certainly did some nice work as a solo artist, but then she started doing albums with other artists (Trio and Trio II with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton and Western Wall with Harris).While those were fine albums, the blending of Rondstadt's voice in this album with that of Ann Savoy is just about as good as it gets.You will swear they are blood sisters when your hear how well the voices blend together.Rondstadt has finally found her musical soul mate in Ann Savoy and this may be some of her best work ever. I never heard of Ann Savoy, but she sure sounds wonderful with Rondstadt.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Sweeeeeet!!
    The speakers on my laptop no longer work, so I bought this cd hoping for the best. And the best was granted. The voices, the music and the lyrics are pure harmony. Sometimes you have to go out on a limb:) ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Folk    2. Pop    3. Pop Vocals    4. Rock/Pop    5. United States of America   


    5. Long Island Shores
    by Vanguard Records
    Audio CD (10 October, 2006)
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    Asin: B000HIVQ7G
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    With her expressively breathy vocals and uplifting melodies, Mindy Smith expresses both the romantic and spiritual dimensions of rapture. It can occasionally be hard to tell whether Smith is singing of God or love, or if she even makes a distinction between the two. Whether she's invoking prayer and sin in the opening "Out Loud," hoping that God's looking out for her in "Out of Control," casting a seductive charmer as a "Little Devil," or recalling her preacher father in the title track, Smith's material blurs the distinction between the earthly and the ethereal. Her duet with kindred spirit Buddy Miller on "What If the World Stops Turning" highlights the album, though the Nashville-based artist rarely hints at country within her buoyant brand of folk-pop. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the debut
    Mindy Smith's One Moment More was a very good debutthat mixed folk and pop. I do not see why some are disappointed with Long Island Shores. From the soaring opener "Out Loud," it very rarely lets up. "Little Devil" has a neat pop/rock part. "Edge Of Love" is beautiful, pure folk. "I'm Not The Only One Asking" reminds me of the rootsy blues on One Moment More. This album is no more flat than fine efforts from Shawn Colvin and Alison Krauss (her newer efforts.) The lyrics show a songwriter that's gotten more experience. I will be getting this CD.

    2-0 out of 5 stars 2.5 stars to be precise
    Great vocals does not a great song make.Yes, her vocals are comprable to that of Patty Griffin, but Patty Griffin she ain't.None of the songs on this album will be remembered past tomorrow and you can't make mediocre songs amazing just with vocals.There has to be music and lyrics to go along with the vocals to make you feel what the songs are saying.I feel nothing for any of these songs.They are mostly lazily written tunes without an ounce of emotion.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Second Effort
    As with her first album "One Moment More", Mindy Smith's voice is amazing on this second release "Long Island Shore". But, I found the music uninspiring and flat. I don't know if the choice in direction was Mindy's or the producers, but this is not the same kind of music that will necessarily appeal to all of the fans of the first album.
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    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Singer/Songwriter    2. Country-Pop    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop   


    6. Leave the Light On
    by Signature Records
    Audio CD (19 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000H0M5BK
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    This album's title cut finds the veteran folk-blues troubadour, now in his early 60s, pondering the possibility of living to be 100, thus setting the thematic tone for an uncommonly reflective, meditative set. The ragtime Zen of "Open Up," the philosophical "Seems So Real," and the rock-bottom despair in his cover of Peter Case's "Cold Trail Blues" all suggest that the virtuosic fingerpicker and evocatively smoky vocalist has reached a point in his life where he's pondering the biggest issues of mortality, a perspective that informs the complex relationship in "Father's Day."Not all of the material is that introspective, as the uptempo, electric rock of "Diplomacy" is as sardonic as Randy Newman, while "Origin of the Species" encapsulates Adam and Eve, Charles Darwin, and intelligent design. Smither also pays homage to two seminal influences, transforming Bob Dylan's "Visions of Johanna" into an acoustic, accordion-laced waltz and reviving Lightnin' Hopkins's version of the traditional "Blues in the Bottle." Ollabelle provide harmonies on two cuts, with mandolinist Tim O' Brien also offering instrumental and vocal support. Read more

    Subjects:  1. Blues    2. Contemporary Folk    3. Folk & Traditional    4. Folk-Blues    5. Modern Acoustic Blues    6. Pop   


    7. Big Iron World
    by Nettwerk Records
    Audio CD (29 August, 2006)
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    Asin: B000FNO1DE
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    A concept album about gigantic household appliances taking over the world? No such luck. As the images of Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and Sun-era Elvis floating in the background might indicate, this Nashville band is strictly old school, singing about unemployed riverboat workers, covering Woody Guthrie and plucking banjos like there was no tomorrow. Produced by David Rawlings, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Record
    Having already bough and loved the last OCMS record I was expecting to love this and was not disappointed.While this is bluegrass, old timey music it is also inexplicably modern.Loving bluegrass will no doubt help you love this album, but I also think it is good for anyone who like good lyrics and strong, different instrumental.If you usually like rock or even punk you'd probably like this album.A great album to add to your music collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best album yet...
    "Eutaw" was a good album, but poor sound quality. It did not allow you to fully experience the greatness of Old Crow.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Bringing Back The Dead !!!
    As I listened to this CD today for the first time it brought back memories of one of the BEST all time bands, The Grateful Dead. The CD reminds one of Jerry Garcia and Company ! Even the song titles of Cocaine Habit, Minglewood Blues, New Virginia Creper, and Don't Ride That Horse are so Dead Like. The opener, Down Home Girl starts the listener on the road that one does not want to end. OCMS you have one of the finest CDs out there. I am sure I will play it over and over and can't wait till your next release !!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Folk    2. Neo-Traditional Folk    3. Pop    4. Progressive Bluegrass    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop    7. String Bands   


    8. Begin to Hope
    Audio CD (13 June, 2006)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The style known as "anti-folk," as realized by practitioners like Ani DiFranco and Billy Bragg, is derived from a punk aesthetic, and thus tends to be spare and confrontational. But while Regina Spektor's music is anti-folk in the way it subverts the traditional coffeehouse vibe, it's less interested in rebellion and more concerned with the joy of eccentricity, melody and surprise. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Clever, quirky, touching--- amazing
    I think she is just brillant. I've seen her live once now-- and she just sets the room on fire with talents. I have loved her since the moment I fell upon Soviet Kitsch and I am addicted to "Begin To Hope". I simply can't listen to it enough. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. I think I may have "Samson" on repeat for the next century or so.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good second
    I saw Regina Spektor play recently in Los Angeles. It was at the El Rey Theater. It was sold out. There was an excitement in the air, which you imagine there was for the Beatles. Regina Spektor has a lot of young female fans. Maybe it was some girls who saw her play a few years ago opening for the Strokes or Kings of Leon? Anyway I have seen her play a few times now, and the audiences are getting bigger and more enthusiastic. This is the sort of audience that you get for Bjork or Joanna Newsom. Everyone is quiet and on the edge of their seats. They hang on to every word. The first album was quirky and sort of fit in with the anti-folk thing. This record is a more planned out thing. It's a better-produced record. There are some really poppy songs like "Better." This sounds like a hit for anyone else. This record has more experience behind it, and Regina has grown up a little bit. She sounds really good. Not a weak moment on here. Even Nick Valensi of the Strokes appears on a song.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I like it but i don't love it
    Regina Spector is getting a lot of publicity these days. She is all the rage. She also is definitely not in the mainstream and this is an acquired taste.
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    Subjects:  1. Anti-Folk    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Rock/Pop    5. Singer/Songwriter   


    9. Hello Love
    by Nettwerk Records
    Audio CD (10 October, 2006)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    When the Be Good Tanyas released their heralded debut disc, Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Rendered
    What a treat it is to find a band like this.I'm the type of guy who will search for good bands on the internet, through reading reviews and such and I do believe I have found a great band here.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeously Atmospheric Mature Alchemy
    I've had the new album "Hello Love" on repeat since I got it in the mail a few days ago. It's wonderfully atmospheric, lonesome and gorgeous.I think it stands up well to the previous albums, lending a bit more mature aspect to the alchemy. The only thing I am disappointed about is that their website hasn't been updated yet! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Bluegrass    2. Canada    3. Contemporary Folk    4. Country    5. Folk    6. Neo-Traditional Folk    7. Pop   


    10. Songbird
    by Blix Street
    Audio CD (19 May, 1998)
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Knocks me out
    Eva Cassidy knocks me out!I heard about her on NPR a couple of years ago, and I finally got some of her music.Astounding the way she phrased these songs."Autumn Leaves" could make a statue cry."Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Songbird" and "Fields of Gold" are equally amazing.Anyone who truly appreciates a styling genius will find her music rewarding.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great relaxing music!
    Her voice is gorgeous, just like a songbird!!!! So sad that she is now singing with the angels, before more of her works could be published.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I bought this CD because of Everwood and I'm glad I did...
    I heard Fields of Gold on the season finale of Everwood and thought whoever was singing it had a beautiful voice.When I hear a song I like I usually just have to find out who sings it.I did a little research and found that it was Eva Cassidy.I tried to download the song from ITunes but couldn't find it.Soooo, my next stop was Amazon.I searched for Eva Cassidy, found the CD, and bought it.I really like the whole CD.Her music is very soothing to me.My favorite songs are Wade in the Water, Over the Rainbow, and Fields of Gold.I ordered Time After Time and just received it several days ago.I've listened to some of the songs, but not the entire CD just yet.Eva Cassidy has a beautiful voice. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Contemporary Singer/Songwriter    3. Folk    4. Folk & Traditional    5. Pop    6. Singer/Songwriter   


    11. "Love and Theft"
    Audio CD (11 September, 2001)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    When we last left the ever-confounding saga that is Bob Dylan's now-superhuman recording career, he'd reunited with producer Daniel Lanois, with whom he cut 1997's Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars one question that i must ask
    ...............HOW IN THE HECK DID THIS HIPPY MAKE IT OUT OF THE 60's ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? THERE IS NOT A WORSE MALE SINGER IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND !!!!!!!!!!!!!but then hippies and those wanting to be will always gush over his ''poetry''.stringing nonsensical sentences to boring folk music im sure HAS to be accompanied by a huge spliff !!!!!! ill give the guy credit for being the anti handsome,anti talented rock(???????) star.he is the extreme opposite of mtv.my god,if dylan was able to get paid for 1 song,everyone should run out and start singing.theres no way you will sound any where near as badly as bob.
    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite!
    I have listened to this CD for several years now, and I have never tired of it.I think the best song is Mississippi.There is something so mellow and soothing about this song, but I can't really put my finger on why.I think it could be the bluesy base that has such a rhythmic, continuous sound.
    4-0 out of 5 stars out of the slump
    this album was good from beginning to end.it silenced the critics that hadnt shut up in years,he made a really good album ending his slump of so soalbums.he segued fromthe hippie/folkster into the burned out genius we loved from the 60s only now it was the 90s.the album was an important bridge in his career and the most listenable album since nashville skyline.32 years earlier. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Folk-Rock    3. Pop    4. Pop/Rock    5. Rock    6. Rock & Roll    7. Rock/Pop    8. Singer/Songwriter   


    12. Firecracker
    by Red House
    Audio CD (06 June, 2006)
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    When Winnipeg's Wailin' Jennys recorded their debut disc, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    The CD is great, but these women are even better live. Their harmonies strike many responsive chords in me.Excellent lyrical songwriting.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Knockout Album!
    Like many people, I first heard the Wailin Jennys on Prairie Home Companion, and I was immediately captivated.While somewhat disappointed by their first CD, I find Firecracker absolutely irresistable!I am amazed at the mature song writing abilities of all three young ladies.The harmonies, of course, are awesome, and they are all accomplished musicians.What more could you want in an album!I would be very surprised and disappointed if this wasn't a Grammy nominee.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet memories
    I went to my first Wailin Jennys concert last night. I hadn't heard them before--or thought I hadn't--but from the very first song I was transported back to gentle times in the late 60s and simple songs sung in beautiful harmony. A guitar, a banjo, harmonica, violin--these instruments are superb support for the thoughtful words and beautiful harmonies these three young women sing.
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    Subjects:  1. Canada    2. Contemporary Folk    3. Folk    4. Folk & Traditional    5. Neo-Traditional Folk    6. Pop   


    13. Funnel Cloud
    by Nettwerk Records
    Audio CD (05 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000H7JD3Q
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    It might sound like a backhanded compliment to say Hem makes lite-rock with a country twist. But before you conjure up images of Phil Collins with a cowboy hat, let's clarify by saying the New York band essentially picks up where the Cowboy Junkies left off--crafting intimate southern songs that unfold with quiet dignity over a bed of strings, pedal-steel guitars and restrained piano flourishes. That's more like it. Besides, in Sally Ellyson, the group has a singer whose clear, sweet voice can't help but make even the most overcast song sound oddly beautiful. If only "I'll Dream Of You Tonight" and "Too Late To Turn Back Now" could be the soundtrack to every waiting room people would actually look forward to that next root canal. --Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Music
    I heard about Hem on NPR, and bought Funnel Cloud soon after.I'd never heard them before.I love this CD and am happy to find a new group to listen to."The Pills Stopped Working" is my favorite song.The other songs are soft, mellow, beautifully written.The music is rich and complex.I look forward to hearing more of Hem.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SweetEar Candy
    I've never heard this band before until today.I read some recommendations from some reviews.All I can say is that I "LOVE" it!
    5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe Hem's best yet -- and that's saying something
    Hem's last full album of new songs, Eveningland, was hauntingly beautful but suffered from overproduction. It was if all the engery was bottled up and they didn't want to let it out.
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    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Contemporary Folk    3. Country-Rock    4. Folk-Rock    5. Pop    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop    8. Singer/Songwriter    9. United States of America   


    14. Grace
    Audio CD (23 August, 1994)
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    Asin: B0000029DD
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Resembling at times a soft-sung Robert Plant, Buckley was an intuitive vocalist capable of dizzying arabesques and choir-boy sweetness. He is joined here by a tight band for 10 tracks highlighting his stylistic range--Pearl Jam bluesy on "Eternal Life," impossibly serene on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," art-school noisy on "So Real," Led Zep daring on "Mojo Pin." Unorthodox, this was the debut of '94. Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Moving...
    How else can you describe the combination of his beautiful voice and well written music?I can't add anything to the volumes that have been written about this album already.An album with well over 500 reviews that is holding a 4.5 star average must have something going for it.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Born to Croon
    Jeff Buckley sounds like what Marc Bolan would have sounded like if Bolan had taken Perry Como as his musical muse.Seriously, think about Marc Bolan trying to sound like a '50's crooner and you'll know what Jeff Buckley sounds like.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Genius
    Gone to soon. What would he have become we will never really know and we are not better off because of his untimely death. An artist with creative vision and the talent to back it up. There is so little of his original music available it is difficult to really understand were he was headed and were his creative would have eventually taken him. The multiple albums of his original music has captured his songs in different stages of develoment and arrangement such that no two versions are completely the same and document his development.
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    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Folk-Rock    4. Pop    5. Popular Music    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop    8. Singer/Songwriter   


    15. O
    by Vector Recordings
    Audio CD (10 June, 2003)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $12.97
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    Asin: B00009V7P8
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Irish troubadour Damien Rice doesn't so much reinvent the folk genre on this lush, impossibly mature debut album as push its boundaries in several compelling musical directions at once--all the more remarkable considering the album was largely self-produced and home-recorded. His songs revolve around familiar, bittersweet concerns of life, love, and their attendant frustrations, but delivered with conspiratorial intimacy on melodic wings (like on the graceful "Cannonball") that Rice seems almost embarrassed to share. If there's anything like a template here, it's "The Blower's Daughter," the song that first attracted the interest/stewardship of film composer David Arnold (whose guest production provides "Amie" with expansive cinematic elegance) and became a massive Irish hit. His plaintive vocal, embroidered by the mournful solo cello of Vyvienne Long, is suddenly brightened by an instrumental flourish and Lisa Hannigan's vocals--before just as quickly wafting on the breeze. With touches that range from "Day in the Life"-styled string collages to the dizzy, exhilarating neo-operatic excesses of the 16-minute "Eskimo," Rice's musical palate here is as adventurous as his songs are grounded in emotional intimacy. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Magical
    This has to be one of the most beautiful CDs ever recorded. Damien's vocal range is vast; his musicianship excellent; but it's the crafting of songs at which he truly surpasses most artists. Haunting, sensitive, flowing, crashing...(If I have one criticism, it's the mixing levels - at times, his vocals are drowned. In concert, when he lets rip, you really feel the power of his vocals/music, which, unfortunately, doesn't come over quite as well on the album.) A truly magical album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This album is amazing
    This is one that sways the soul. Damien Rice's timing and melody just reach into your gut and extract every piece of love and sorrow that you ever felt.
    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most impossibly beautiful albums ever released
    Although I knew "The Blower's Daughter" from the film CLOSER and "Delicate" from LOST, Damien Rice has until recently been unexplored territory for me.What I didn't know is that his album O is not a disc with only one or two great songs, but one of the most from-beginning-to-end brilliant albums of recent years.Vocally Rice reminds me of a lot of other performers.Jeff Buckley and Ryan Adams spring to mind, there is even something of the very young Leonard Cohen in the songs.But this album is more consistently brilliant than anything released by those singers.He isn't quite the singer that Jeff Buckley was (but then who is?), but he is a much better songwriter.His songwriting reminds me somewhat of Hayden, but it is much more dramatic, lush, and expressive and his singing is in an entirely different league.There is also a soft serenity to the music that is nearly as gently calming as the best of Iron and Wine.Actually, Rice and Iron and Wine's Sam Beam write songs that evoke many of the same feelings, though Rice is a far stronger vocalist (though it has to be granted that Beam is perhaps unrivalled as a lyricist today--I think you have to go to people like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan to find a demonstrably better lyricist than Sam Beam).
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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Folk    2. Contemporary Folk    3. Contemporary Singer/Songwriter    4. Folk & Traditional    5. Folk-Rock    6. Ireland    7. Pop    8. Popular Music    9. Post-Grunge    10. Rock/Pop   


    16. Essential Leonard Cohen
    Audio CD (22 October, 2002)
    list price: $24.98 -- our price: $17.49
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    Asin: B00006NSH8
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This two-disc retrospective traces the Canadian bard's musical maturity from poet and novelist who sang a little to multidimensional artist whose oracular vocals and increasingly rich arrangements are every bit as compelling as his verse. Even when Cohen came to prominence through the 1960s songcraft of "Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire," the "folksinger" tag never really fit. Later highlights ranging from the deadpan drollery of "Tower of Song" and "Everybody Knows" to the apocalyptic anthemry of "First We Take Manhattan" and "Democracy" suggest that other labels might be more appropriate: cabaret surrealist, spiritual gadfly, sensual prophet, agent provocateur. Cohen chose the selections, drawing more than half of the 31 tracks from three landmark albums--his 1967 debut Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Leonard Cohen
    Leonard Cohen's music is a lot better than his share of the airwaves and CD bins in record stores would have you believe.The sometimes ironic lyrics, dour mood, and dated synthesizer backgrounds should not hold back anyone's appreciation for the craft that the man has created.Seemingly little known here in the U.S., his work has been covered by numerous other artists, with great results.REM's rendition of "First We Take Manhatten" has a more conventional rock n' roll feel than Cohen's original, but showcases nicely the range of the material in someone else's hands.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Poetry Man - Leonard Cohen
    There is just something about the combination of his imagery and his deep raspy voice that makes you want to listen.You canreally hear the words to his songs and they make you stop and think. A rare combination of musician and philosopher.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No comparison
    Those who unfavorably compare Leonard Cohen's recording of his own song "Hallelujah" with the versions by Allison Crowe and Jeff Buckley are missing the point. Have they listened to the lyrics? The narrator is world-weary, rueful, broken, a sorrowful and wise survivor. Much as I admire Crowe and Buckley and their ability generally to cover other songwriters' material, they didn't convey (or perhaps even fully comprehend) the song's profound heartbreak and desolate beauty. Cohen lived it, and tells it. Listen again. ... Read more

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    17. The Very Best of Peter, Paul & Mary
    by Rhino / Wea
    Audio CD (23 August, 2005)
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    Asin: B0009YA39U
    Sales Rank: 613
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for the Car
    We love this CD.The songs ring true even today - how important peace is, how we should treat our fellow man, how what we do effects everyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" for Peter, Paul and Mary Fan's
    I would like to Thank Amazon.com for carrying this CD, as it has many of the songs I listened to during my childhood along with some new songs.This is a great selection of songs from Peter, Paul and Mary it has some of my favorite songs Lemon Tree, 500 Miles, Puff the Magic Dragon and Stewball just to name a few.So if you are a "Peter, Paul and Mary Fan" you will want to purchase this CD as you won't be disappointed, you'll be glad you made the purchase as it will be a great addition to your CD collection!
    5-0 out of 5 stars Enduring Legacy
    Peter, Paul and Mary harken me back to a time when there was hope and trepidation.Whenever I hear their music I get misty eyed and it takes me to a place where there was a crackle in the air, the place of my youth where Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Donovan, Billy Preston (bless his soul)and all of the music that defined that era was awash with hope, anger, love and the possibility that we would change the world.I love them and listening to them now just re-inforces how good they were and how pertinent they were to their time and, to this day, endure and leave a wonderful legacy. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Children's Folk    2. Contemporary Folk    3. Folk    4. Folk & Traditional    5. Folk Revival    6. Folk-Pop    7. Folk-Rock    8. Political Folk    9. Pop    10. Traditional Folk    11. United States of America   


    18. O.C.M.S.
    by Nettwerk Records
    Audio CD (10 February, 2004)
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    Asin: B00019JQHI
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    During the "folk music-scare" of the early 1960s, a bunch of white middle-class youths with names like the Greenbriar Boys and the Even Dozen Jug Band discovered the mountain music of the Stanley Brothers, Skillet Lickers, and Uncle Dave Macon and set about introducing it to the country's college kids. Four decades later, the members of OCMS fit the profile of those early revivalists, yet if anything they have tapped deeper into the primal elements of an American art form. As demonstrated on their debut, they have assimilated not just the sound--banjos, harmonicas, acoustic guitar and bass--but more importantly the haunting spirit of music that was made to keep hard times at bay. How else to explain their ability to take a well-worn chestnut like "CC Rider" and infuse it with an energy that reveals once again why it is a classic? Not content to live completely in the past, they wrote "Big Time in the Jungle," which, though it is about Vietnam, could easily be transposed to 2004's desert conflicts. Kindred spirit and producer David Rawlings (Gillian Welch's longtime collaborator) has kept their energy intact, but one can only wonder what sort of magic they must deliver live. Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Country music fan
    The more I listen, the better I like it.Very hillbilly, but the songs are catchy and stay in your head.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A gem!
    The editorial review above of this band is on target.OCMS' sound isinspired by traditional music (which I consider to be the pre-curser to bluegrass and less gimmicky).What gives it life is that it has been infused with the influences of a bunch of young guys,i.e. punk, blues, rock, country, rap, etc.It's what gives them their unique energy and style.It's what makes the old mountain songs sound new and fresh and what makes their brand new stuff sound like old mountain classics.My favorite is Tear It Down.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Solid
    Altogather very good, although "Wagon Wheel" is a rip off of Bob Dylan's "Ride Me Mama" that was never released.Not to take anything away from them, their version is excellent.Good music for any fan of something real. ... Read more

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    19. Fair & Square
    by Oh Boy
    Audio CD (26 April, 2005)
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    Asin: B0007VROHE
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Good things come to those who wait. During John Prine's nine-year interval between albums of original material, fans who hailed his recovery from cancer wondered whether he'd ever return to full creative speed. Here, Prine puts doubts to rest with an album that ranks with the finest of an inspired career. The big heart of "Glory of True Love," the socially conscious bite of "Some Humans Ain't Human," the reflective grace of "Taking a Walk," the wry whimsy of "Crazy as a Loon"--the hallmarks of Prine's artistry are reaffirmed on Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Bush criticism
    I'm ordering simply because of "Some Humans Ain't Human" which is exactly right for those right-wing religious lunatics who have taken over the asylum and refuse to allow of any criticism of Bush.They spew venom and hatred, and send death threats to any artists who criticizes Bush.these hypocrites wrap themselves up in the flag and are too chicken to actually fight in this preemptive, illegal war, supported by lies.
    5-0 out of 5 stars You just can't win
    I can only laugh when I read some of these other reviews.As a performing artist, sometimes you just can't win.Many of the artists who are lucky enough to have been around as long as John Prine has, hear the old criticism over and over again, "I liked his older stuff better."Well, it seems many see this Prine release as simply "more of the same."So there it is - you change and you get criticized, or you don't, and you still get critized.I'm sure it doesn't mean much either way to Mr. Prine.
    5-0 out of 5 stars John Prine is one of the good guys!!!!
    Just like Dylan, it pays off to wait for John Prine to release his latest insights.Fair & Square is as much as a masterpiece as anything he has ever recorded.With his unique brand of lyrics and his voice which is a force of nature, Prine takes us back to the 1930's all the way up to the day you listen to him.What a great CD.It is one of those cd's that you really can't pick a favorite tune since they all hit you and take you to places and emotions that someone (like me who just hit 50), thought he had lost.I could list some of the lyrics here and go on and on but I will limit myself to just a few."Crazy as a Loon" is as much a Prine song as I have ever heard but with an originality that only a true artist can present.Prine makes "Clay Pigeons" (Blaze Foley) his own while remaining true to the original."She is my Everyone" is a great, bouncing, funny, John Prine original."She is my everything, from her long black hair, to the freckles on her diamond ring"."Some Humans Aren't Human" should be played at the White House.Prine hits Bush and his right-wing supporters between the eyes with their hubris and arrogance.John Prine is a national treasure and I'm so happy I was introduced to him back in the "Dear Abby" days.I've been hooked ever since but that is not to say that those who have never tasted his wisdom and comments on human nature won't enjoy "Fair & Square".My girlfriend (who had never even heard of him) absolutely loved it.I had to buy an extra copy since she won't give me mine back.If you haven't figured it out, I'm a huge John Prine fan and this is a great cd. ... Read more

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    20. White Ladder
    by Ato Records
    Audio CD (21 March, 2000)
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    Asin: B00004Z3M3
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    David Gray's glorious fourth record explodes in a wellspring of spacious, electronica-tinged folk-pop. He uses his bright growl of a voice to memorable effect, chewing on vowel sounds while spinning odes to lost love, the resiliency of young hearts, and the pain of experience. Gray's work finds the universality at the heart of folk music and tweaks it just enough to make it relevant for alternative audiences. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A nearly perfect alt-pop album
    If you can get only one David Gray album, this is undoubtedly the one to get.Although he has been around a long time and recorded a lot of good music, he has unfortunately not been as good at putting together albums filled only with his best work.FLESH, still his second best album, indicated great promise, but subsequent albums had superb material placed along some quite weak songs.They all show that he had talent; you just had to wonder why he either didn't substitute better songs for the weaker material or wait longer to write a stronger group of songs.WHITE LADDER is the glorious exception.There isn't a weak cut on the disc and there are several that are as good as anything he has ever written.I believe that at some point it will be one of the two must-own David Gray albums.The second will be some future anthology of all his best work.Though of course we all hope that he also records more albums as strong as this one.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Hooked
    ..and captivated. Not only to the music itself but by the lyrics this artists has delivered. I'd heard the song 'This Year's Love' from the movie Crazy/Beautiful and thought of it fittingly cool to listen to. Outstanding and superb is all i can say with this great recording by David Gray.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a great CD
    As a musicman supreme, it's hard for me to accept I'd never even heard of David Gray until the immortal "Babylon", which I played for about an hour straight after I purchased this Cd. It's years later, it's still a tuff groove, and I'm listening to it right now as a matter of fact. However, once you slip past that track, more gems await. This is a great piece of work that will stand the test of time without a doubt. ... Read more

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