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Pazz and Jop 1974 #3

Randy Newman – Good Old Boys There is nothing at stake here, so I can be brutally honest: this album is sort of boring. There’s a difficulty at the heart of all of Randy Newman’s work: he writes (mostly) great songs that he then, unfor­tunately, chooses to perform himself, often with little more than his … Continue reading Pazz and Jop 1974 #3

Pazz and Jop 1974 #2

Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic The word that always comes to mind when I listen to Steely Dan is “lush”. The music is complex and perfectly played, the lyrics clever and insightful. Listening, you can’t help but feel a bit more elevated than with the usual pop, with all its messy emotion and histrionics. It … Continue reading Pazz and Jop 1974 #2

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