Music

Notable new albums

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 10/11/18, 04:00 pm

Road to Ruin (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Ramones

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McCartney at 76

Music | Egypt Station is a charming pop album that goes on a bit too long
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 10/11/18, 03:57 pm

The buzz accompanying the release of Egypt Station (Capitol), Paul McCartney’s first No. 1 album in 36 years, proves that fans and critics have finally grown tired of having grown tired of him and that McCartney has finally reconciled himself enough to creating what he creates best—charming, textured, irresistible pop—to forgo trying to prove himself an ace dabbler (in symphonies, in electronica, in singles by Rihanna and Kanye West).

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New or recent releases

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 9/27/18, 02:20 pm

These Days

Paul Carrack

The best soul songs, blue-eyed and otherwise, use clichés as points of departure. This time ’round, Carrack is using them as ends in themselves. How long wasn’t Rome built in? What kind of weather friends let you down? Where do you put a smile? Only on “Life in a Bubble,” which identifies the accumulation of “First World problems” and a “weary conscience” as root causes of anomie, do the words dig deep enough to make the TLC of the singing and the playing seem worth the trouble.

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