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Caught up in the rapture: my TURNING THE TABLES ballot

Ann Powers has done the world a huge service by spearheading the TURNING THE TABLES project at NPR Music; the canon of “great albums” is bullshit with only token female representation, and Powers and her compatriots are doing their damnedest … Continue reading

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2017: Singles

Listen along! “The Fighter,” Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood — This collaboration between Urban and writer/producer busbee was a pick-to-click for anyone who heard Urban’s Ripcord back when it was released in May 2016, but it wasn’t released as a single … Continue reading

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Sophistication + pop = sophisti-pop

Alfred and I go way back with sophisti-pop, though he writes about it with more frequency than I, which I assume has to do with the genre stalwarts’s hair. Now he’s taken another swing at the subgenre, this time adding a playlist. And it’s … Continue reading

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When you want it the most, there’s no easy way out: the resurrection, and the best, of Céline Dion

Today, Carl Wilson, author of Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste (which is itself an expansion of his 33 1/3 volume about Céline Dion’s biggest album), has published an article for Maclean’s titled “How Céline Dion became … Continue reading

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You know I ain’t that handsome: the best of John Mellencamp

[Regarding the above image: John Mellencamp had to be the most unlikely three-time SPIN cover star, but thank god he was buddies with publisher Bob Guccione, Jr., who did some great interviews with him. (Especially as he only got a single … Continue reading

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2017: first third report a/k/a I do actually listen to current music

5 best albums: Strength of a Woman, Mary J. Blige FABRICLIVE 91: Special Delivery, Various Artists God’s Problem Child, Willie Nelson The Breaker, Little Big Town Culture, Migos 10 best singles: “U + Me (Love Lesson),” Mary J. Blige “Bad … Continue reading

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For the cool in you: the best of Babyface

A response to Alfred’s post, this might be the fastest I’ve thrown an ordered list together; it helps that I already had a 73-track ‘Face mix in my iTunes. As producers, I’d rank Quincy Jones and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis … Continue reading

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