Thursday, January 21, 2010

Music Reviews in 3 Words or Less: Volume 13

Beulah - The Coast Is Never Clear (2002)
Large dark-happy hooks
Touchstones: Pavement meets Elephant 6 bands
***** out of ***** stars

Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac (1975)
Shimmering Mulholland majesty
Touchstones: Rilo Kiley meets Bob Welch
***** out of ***** stars

Frank Sinatra - Come Fly With Me (1958)
Mad Men swing
Touchstones: Harry Connick, Jr. meets Duke Ellington
***** out of ***** stars

Bettie Serveert - Dust Bunnies (1997)
Jangly, angular Amersterdamrock
Touchstones: Neil Young meets Blake Babies
****1/2 out of ***** stars

Three Dog Night - The Complete Hit Singles (2004)
1970s blue-eyed magic
Touchstones: Hall and Oates meets Harry Nilsson
****1/2 out of ***** stars

Death (USA) - ... For the Whole World to See (2009)
Detroit black power
Touchstones: Bad Brains meets The Stooges
****1/2 out of ***** stars

Frank Zappa - Absolutely Free (1967)
Psycho prune pop
Touchstones: Captain Beefheart meets Butthole Surfers
***1/2 out of ***** stars

Steve Martin - The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo (2009)
Accomplished, enjoyable bluegrass
Touchstones: Foggy Mountain Boys meets a really good bluegrass bar band
***1/2 out of ***** stars

The Flaming Lips - The Dark Side of the Moon (2009)
Squiggly cover album
Touchstones: Pink Floyd meets Dinosaur Jr.
***1/2 out of ***** stars

George Harrison - Extra Texture (1975)
Some beautiful moments
Touchstones: Eric Clapton meets Ravi Shankar
*** out of ***** stars

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