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Unverifiable material about living persons must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. : "Luvanmusiq" (Atlantic) - Three stars
Leaving aside his dainty stage name and disregard for the rules of grammar, Musiq's openhearted o·pen·heart·ed
open·heart neo-soul/r&b makes for a refreshing change from pop's raunchier concerns. On his consistently entertaining fourth album, which comes after a three-year hiatus, the Philadelphia-based singer born Talib Johnson delivers a dozen craftily produced ballads and club tracks favoring romance over lust. A lush Stevie Wonder feel dominates, especially on such instantly likable cuts as "Thequestions" and "Teachme," while the funky, old-school "Buddy" provides an appealing opening blast of good vibes. "Luvanmusiq" puts Musiq back in the game.
-- Fred Shuster
VARIOUS: "Sound Eclectic: The Covers Project" (Hear Music) - Two and one half stars
There are always pitfalls and potential in covering other artists' songs, and this compilation illustrates that. Recorded at various times at KCRW KCRW Kansas City Roller Warriors (women's roller derby league; Kansas City, Missouri) studios for Nic Harcourt's "Morning Becomes Eclectic Morning Becomes Eclectic is an influential, three-hour triple-A radio program broadcast live every weekday from KCRW in Santa Monica, California. Nic Harcourt has hosted the program since 1998; previously it was hosted by Chris Douridas and Tom Schnabel. ," "Covers" has engaging moments like the Magic Numbers' acoustic version of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love," which brings out the song's musicality, and overwrought o·ver·wrought
1. Excessively nervous or excited; agitated.
2. Extremely elaborate or ornate; overdone: overwrought prose style. ones like Damien Rice's take on Radiohead's "Creep." Paul Weller's soulfulness on "Wishing on a Star" and Nikka Costa's lively "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl" are highlights. And there is one gem -- Gary Jules' haunting "Mad World," the Tears for Fears Tears for Fears are an English pop band formed in the early 1980s by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, which emerged after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate. song that he originally reworked for the "Donnie Darko" soundtrack. The rest of the disc is mixed. There are pleasant if uninspired cuts -- like the covers of Neil Young, James Taylor, John Hartford and Patty Griffin songs, and there are a number of misses that remind you why the originals should have been left alone.
-- Rob Lowman
JOHNNY CASH: "Ultimate Gospel" (Columbia/Legacy) - Three and one half stars
Get past the fact that Cash's ultimate gospel recordings (the "My Mother's Hymn Book a book containing a collection of hymns, as for use in churches; a hymnal.
See also: Hymn " album he made with Rick Rubin shortly before he died) aren't here, and you'll find much treasure on this 24-track compilation. Columbia has collected Cash's gospel music before, but this CD has a wider range (the recordings go from 1957-81) and includes stray tracks that have been hard to find. There are also three previously unreleased songs, each one a keeper, especially a powerful 1974 reading of "How Great Thou Art." Cash had a passion for God and gospel, and this collection makes that clearer than ever.
-- Glenn Whipp
MOS (1) (Metal Oxide Semiconductor) See MOSFET.
(2) (Mean Opinion Score) The quality of a digitized voice line. It is a subjective measurement that is derived entirely by people listening to the calls and scoring the results from DEF: "True Magic" (Geffen) - Three stars
Not as compelling as his earlier albums or his work with Talib Kweli, "True Magic" finds Mos Def moving back to the soulful lyricism lyr·i·cism
a. The character or quality of subjectivity and sensuality of expression, especially in the arts.
b. The quality or state of being melodious; melodiousness.
2. that brought him into the limelight. He still tries his hand at singing -- with pretty much the same lackluster results as 2004's "The New Danger" -- but it's done sparingly.
One of the few MCs that can make a song socially conscious and still possess scads of anthemic vigor ("Murder of a Teenage Life") and funky exuberance ("Napoleon Dynamite"), this album is concrete proof that Mos Def's unique lyrical felicity hasn't lost any of its power. When it counts, he's still one of the best hip-hop artists around.
-- Len Cutler
UNCLE EARL: "Waterloo, Tennessee" (Rounder) - Three stars
This all-female string band's sophomore effort was produced by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and the multi-instrumentalist certainly has an ear for the backwoods stuff. Allowing Uncle Earl's ladies to luxuriate lux·u·ri·ate
intr.v. lux·u·ri·at·ed, lux·u·ri·at·ing, lux·u·ri·ates
1. To take luxurious pleasure; indulge oneself.
2. To proliferate.
3. To grow profusely; thrive. in acoustic virtuosity and inventive, heartrending harmonies, the album is as adventurous as Nickel Creek.
-- Bob Strauss
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