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The Anxiety Of Reverse Influence: Gary Numan’s Splinter

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Fans of the band Rush or of Stephen Colbert will remember the great episode of The Colbert Report on which Colbert interviewed Rush.  A question that cracked me up was “Have you ever played a song that was so epic that, by the time it was over, you had influenced yourselves?”  While that question was meant (and succeeded) as a great joke, it’s one that can legitimately be asked of some elder artists.

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Humility: A Rarity In Pop Music

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But what could it be but humility that has kept one of the greatest guitar players and songwriters of the pop era from releasing a solo album till a quarter-century after his band, The Smiths, broke up?  Not sloth, that’s for sure. 

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She Really Should Be A Dame: Petula Clark Today

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We try to review albums by artists who have been around for at least twenty years.  But how about one who first sang in public (on the radio, in fact) seventy-one years ago? The great Petula Clark has just released a new album, Lost In You.  She’s eighty years old, yet that amazing voice is still distinctive, still a lovely instrument.  Even better, this is in no way a “look, I can still sing!” record.  It’s a solid collection of good songs, nicely performed and beautifully sung.

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From The Great We Expect Much: The New John Fogerty

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John Fogerty is a master songwriter, as good as anyone whoever penned a pop song. He combines this talent with stellar guitar skills and one of best rock and roll voices in the business.

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