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Krieg Barrie

The past in boxes

Music | Anniversary sets bring back once-youthful voices
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 12/12/19, 05:20 pm

In Jack Finney’s short story “I Love Galesburg in the Springtime,” ghosts from a small town’s past—a streetcar, a horse-drawn fire engine, a phone call from the dead—inexplicably “flicker into existence again” as a way of standing athwart progress and yelling, “Slow down!” “Galesburg’s past,” writes Finney, “[was] fighting back.”

Something similar may explain the apparently insatiable appetite for 50th-anniversary box sets.

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New or recent releases

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 12/12/19, 05:18 pm

Every Single Star

Dori Freeman

Rare is the Dori Freeman review that doesn’t mention her producer, Teddy Thompson. And, to be fair, whatever he’s doing or isn’t doing certainly isn’t hurting. But, frankly, the Americana-country that Freeman purveys is so pure, simple, infectious, and direct that the only way a producer could do her wrong is to get in the way. And no producer worth his salt would even dream of getting in the way of “I’ll Be Coming Home” and “Like I Do,” the motherhood songs of the year, hands down.

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New Christmas albums

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 11/21/19, 12:05 pm

Llegó Navidad

Los Lobos

These songs, mostly South American folk favorites played for all their sprightly worth by a band that at this point probably couldn’t play them any other way, emphasize the season’s less-religious aspects—festivity for festivity’s sake, one might say. Spanish speakers, however, will recognize an exception in the opening track, “La Rama,” which bases its festivity on Christ’s birth and His virgin mother’s beauty. In other highlights, the band has a go at doing for Freddy Fender and José Feliciano what it once did for Ritchie Valens.

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