Archive for ‘December, 2014’

The best of the best: here’s a list of my favorite traditional Irish releases of 2014

Much of today’s music writing – far, far too much – is all about lists these days: the 100 greatest guitarists, Bob Dylan’s 50 greatest songs,…

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Three duet CDs bring an excellent year for Irish music to a close

This has been another banner year for traditional Irish music, a topic I’ll be exploring with my year-end post in just a few days. But it’s notable that three of my favorite trad Irish CDs of the last quarter of 2014 all feature two well-known musicians working together.

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Ride Out finds Bob Seger in disappointing form

Packed with by-the-numbers country rock and slushy ballads that only recall better days, the new CD can’t hold a candle to the Detroit rocker’s best work.

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AC/DC’s Rock Or Bust is mainly the latter

Too short and too poppy, the latest from the Aussie/Scottish rockers can’t hold a candle to their best work.

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Brian Jones, the seminal Rolling Stone, remembered

Paul Trynka’s fine new biography offers a new appreciation for the guy that founded the band.

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