Yearly Archives: 2001

Toya: Toya

Toya’s debut on Arista Records is an impressive collection of energetic, personal songs about going out, meeting guys, having good relationships and taking care after disappointments. It’s a stylish, alert and confident mix of having fun and being wise that’s … Continue reading

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Marc Ribot: Saints

Marc Ribot is a guitarist-bandleader known for distinctive arrangements and striking improvisations. In "Saints," he interprets works from experimental composers, soloists, and his own songbook to create a solo guitar CD that has a sparse and alluring appeal. Ribot says … Continue reading

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Suzanne Vega: Songs In Red And Gray

Suzanne Vega’s "Songs In Red And Gray" finds the accomplished singer-songwriter reacting to unexpected changes by writing beautifully crafted songs that may be the most emotionally direct of her career. Vega looks at big questions, old memories and small details … Continue reading

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Jennifer Paige: Positively Somewhere

In her latest CD, pop singer Jennifer Paige builds on the success of her 1998 hit single, "Crush," and shows how adept she’s become in a range of modern pop styles. Paige worked with top producers to create "Positively Somewhere," … Continue reading

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Lucy Kaplansky: Every Single Day

Singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky is a keen observor of the emotional ground people cross as they struggle with their lives and loves. On "Every Single Day," she sings heartfelt and delicately rendered songs of hope and sorrow, understanding and sometimes, redemption. … Continue reading

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Greg Koch: The Grip!

It must be those long Wisconsin winters. How else could anyone learn as many electric guitar riffs as Greg Koch? The electric guitar master describes his playing this way: "Imagine Chet Hendrix meeting the Kings (Albert, Freddie, BB) at the … Continue reading

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Grand: Grand

Grand’s self-titled debut on Ascend Records is an impressive collection of rock and power-pop tunes performed with flair and sung by Jason Karaban, an evocative singer-songwriter whose voice looms large over the band’s diverse grooves and textures. Karaban is one … Continue reading

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Old 97′s: Satellite Rides

Old 97′s third Electra release, "Satellite Rides," finds the once alt-country band evolving into a more nuanced group playing a range of material from acoustic ballads to catchy rock. Most of the songs first appeared in songwriter showcase clubs in … Continue reading

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India.Arie: Acoustic Soul

India.Arie spent two years in the studio making the transition from a singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar to a vocalist who’s at home in a range of modern soul-inflected styles. Her debut on Motown, "Acoustic Soul," features upbeat, personal songs … Continue reading

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Robin DiMaggio: Blue Planet

Drummer-percussionist Robin DiMaggio grew up in France and then moved to the states where he became known as a player who could hit and hold musical feels. On "Blue Planet," he returns to his roots and has composed and produced … Continue reading

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