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An Album So Uncool You Have to Love It

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I initially bought Harry Nilsson albums because I knew he hung out with Lennon and because of the other Beatle connections.  I have never been disappointed with this choice, in the long run, though I was twice alarmed by what I had purchased, initially.  One of those disappointments (The Point) will be dealt with shortly on this site and the other—A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night—is looked at here.

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Michael Franti’s Kinda Different

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I had no idea what I was getting into.  I had downloaded Stay Human because I had heard “Say Hey (I Love You)” on FM and I thought it was brilliant and wanted to hear more.  I know, not the same album, but I love reggae and thought I had found a contemporary reggae artist.  I hadn’t.

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Tune In, Unplug, Drop In: Alice in Chains Goes Acoustic

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I guess my favourite Alice in Chains album is 1995's Alice in Chains, the one with the three-legged dog on the cover.  I mean, “Heaven Beside You” is one of my favourite songs (not just favourite AiC songs – I mean favourite songs, period), and this cracker of an album also has “Brush Away,” “God Am,” “Over Now” – well, almost every song is very good or excellent.  However, I want to talk today about an album that I think hasn’t had the attention and respect it should have, 1996’s MTV Unplugged.

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Those Wacky Genre-Bending Jovis

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In my old age, I’ve almost completely lost interest in musical-critical issues that used to take up far too much of my brain space.  Who invented heavy metal?  What’s the best rock-and-roll album of all time?  Who’s the greatest singer in rock?  (The answers, in case you weren’t sure, are Black Sabbath, London Calling, and Robert Plant.)  I just don’t much care about those so-called debates any more.

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