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This Is Not A Review of Rod Stewart

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This isn’t a review of Rod Stewart’s new album, Time, because I strongly believe that a reviewer must listen to an album many times, live with it for a while, live without it for a while, then listen more before making even a tentative judgement.  And I can’t do it.  I’ve really tried, but I have not been able to listen to Time all the way through even once.

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John McLaughlin: Hear Now Here This Now!

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John McLaughlin has released fourteen albums since 2000.  Fourteen.  Think about that.  Here’s a man who had already made his name by the early 1970s, having already created some of the most challenging, enthralling, and simply beautiful music (jazz-rock? OK, we’ll call it that) ever committed to record.

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Olde, Olde Sock in The Gorbage Drawer

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My mom and dad used to have a drawer in the corner of the kitchen they called the “Gorbage Drawer” and there you could find light bulbs, batteries, string, a hammer, screwdrivers, bread tags, nails, screws, staples, empty prescription bottles, mousetraps, envelopes, watches, pencils, pens, wire, tape, safety pins, flashlights, glue, scissors, hair pins, paper clips, erasers, thumb tacks, markers, and old socks. Not everything in the drawer worked, but there was cool stuff there.  And, well, there may not have been old socks in it, but I think of that gorbage drawer when I hear Eric Clapton’s Old Sock.

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13 in 13

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Many of the best things about the new Black Sabbath album are also the worst things.  And many of the worst things are also the best things.  I’m honestly not trying to be clever; it’s simply a fact, for example, that the superb production that makes this the best-sounding Black Sabbath album ever (with a nod to what’s clearly the second-best-sounding one, the Martin-Birch-produced Heaven and Hell) also gives each instrument, Ozzy’s voice included, a definition that is in some ways inimical to the traditional Sabbath sound.

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