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Over at the Ringer, the film critic (and my friend) Adam Nayman and I endeavored to explain what makes R.E.M.’s Reckoning such a timeless masterpiece, on the occasion of its 35th birthday. With assists from Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers, R.E.M. sideman Scott McCaughey and Reckoning producer Mitch Easter! Nearly four decades after the […]
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Let’s discuss Gram Parsons’ Grievous Angel, arguably the single most towering achievement in the occasionally maligned genre of country-rock, which has in point of fact yielded some of the most enduring music of the past fifty years, ranging from the Byrds to Neil Young to The Dream Syndicate to The Mekons. Grievous Angel turns forty-five […]
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Let’s discuss Spike by Elvis Costello, another curious album in a formidable catalog which is experiencing its 30th anniversary. By 1989, Costello was understandably listing a bit beneath the weight of his own legend. In his twelve-year recording career EC had rendered classic songs at an astonishing rate, rivaling the Beatles, Dylan and Holland-Dozier-Holland for […]
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