Consumer Guide by Review Date: 2004-10-26
Bruce Cockburn: Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979-2002 (Rounder, 2002) Both modernist and high church, Cockburn's disdainful Christian dudgeon is a vast improvement on fundamentalist blinderdom even if you're a convinced populist. Singing about love or imperialism (though he's better on imperialism), he assumes a moral vantage whose cleansing clarity is a comfort on nights when the future's so dark you gotta wear a miner's hat. And sufficient unto the day is the musicality thereof. [Recyclables]
Phoebe Snow: The Very Best of Phoebe Snow (Columbia/Legacy, 2001) Great round rough funky voice. Better writer than editor. Air of mild chronic dysfunction. Coulda been a diva, wasn't tough enough. True New York liberal type. Why pay cover charges for white lounge blues when you can play this here and never leave your studio apartment? Oh, I get it--unlike Snow, you want to leave your studio apartment. Like maybe to vote. [Recyclables]
Unity: The Official ATHENS Olymphic Games Album (EMI, 2004) See: Do-Gooders Do Good.
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