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I'm heartened to find I'm not alone in being of similar opinion concerning the first CD which just didn't do it for me, despite the plaudits it received. On ther other hand, their live performances are magic - some super ones on YouTube.howard male wrote:Artist - Carolina Chocolate Drops
Title - Genuine Negro Jig
Label - Nonesuch Records
This North Carolina band have a great live reputation. The only problem is that - as with their previous release - the production is a tad dry, so the old barn you want to picture them cooking up a banjo, fiddle and guitar-led storm in, simply isn’t evoked.
howard male wrote:. . .
Artist – Aurelio
Title – Laru Beya
Label – Real World
Despite reggae being the supple and subtle backbone to much of this Garifuna artist’s second album, it has the unmistakably unique flavour of previous releases from this Central American coastal community, such as Andy Palacio’s seminal ‘Watina’. By turns swaggering with a carefree carnivalesque joie de vivre, and seemingly channelling a Cape Verde spirit of melancholy that so evokes the disenfranchised human spirit, ‘Lara Beya’ is a texturally and emotionally involving treasure.
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howard male wrote:Thighbone? Backbone? What’s the flippin’ difference, J! (OK, don’t bother to answer that).
howard male wrote:As I’ve tried to explain before regarding these Independent on Sunday reviews (now reduced from about 100 to about 82 words) I don’t have much room for manoeuvre on subtleties of distinction. The minute I start to go off on a tangent to say this or that track has these influences whereas the opening track has more of a nyahingi influence, I’m out of words! In other words I can only paint in the broadest strokes. Note how, for example, it’s taken you twice as many words just now to pull me up on just a couple of things. But having said that, I thought I’d sufficiently sign-posted other influences by mentioning Cape Verde and ‘Carnivalesque’ and using the word ‘unique’.
Here’s a bit of homework for you, J. Why don’t you go back to your desk and write an 82-word review of a current release and I’ll point out all the biographical facts and subtleties of influence you have failed to communicate in it. ;-)
I think your writing has improved tremendously over the past few years.
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