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by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 7/19/18, 02:52 pm

In The Groove

Barry Goldberg

The words in the only song that has any are sung by Les McCann and—according to one source—address Donald Trump (antagonistically, of course). Otherwise, the producer Carla Olson keeps the focus off virtue signaling and on Goldberg’s Hammond B3, Joe Sublett’s sax, and the slinky R&B melodies of the covers (including those of Doc Bagby, Milt Bruckner, Johnny and the Hurricanes, and Sil Austin) and Goldberg’s own compositions. Target audience: anyone who thinks that Goldberg’s roots only go back as far as Newport ’65.

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Photo illustration: Krieg Barrie (Kidjo: Dave Hansen/The Daily News via AP; Baez: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP; Owen: Mike Pont/Getty Images; McKay: Seth Wenig/AP)

Empathetic albums

Music | Recent releases bring subdued interpretations of familiar songs
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 7/19/18, 02:49 pm

One of the few traditional gender-based assumptions that it’s safe to reiterate in public these days is that women have, or at any rate demonstrate, a greater capacity for empathy than men do.

But even if practically every study on the topic didn’t suggest as much, prolonged exposure to the latest albums by Joan Baez, Angélique Kidjo, Nellie McKay, and Judith Owen would.

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Jonathan Prime/Universal Studios Movie

Same old song and dance

Movies | The new Mamma Mia! is as terrible, and as catchy, as the old one
by Megan Basham
Posted 7/18/18, 04:38 pm

From a purely objective standpoint, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a terrible movie. The plot is nonsensical, the characters are one-note clichés, and the song lyrics barely connect to the action. Yet, whenever the story stops taking itself seriously and gives in to the sheer silliness of being a jukebox musical based on some of the airiest pop songs ever written, it becomes infectious in spite of itself.

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