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New John Legend Album

AKIE BERMISS: Where do we begin? The new John Legend record is called “Wake Up.” The album is basically a collection of covers, all of them (save one original) from the 60s and 70s. There are a lot of good things about this record. The song selection, for starters, is positively excellent. Each song is a classic tune — though many are songs today’s generation have probably never heard before. The combination of the Roots and John Legend is a match I’ve long thought would be a good one. Trouble is: the album just isn’t that good.

DAVE TOMAR: The best thing that I can say about the record is that it aspires to bring these songs to the attention of a new generation of listeners. And should the record be successful, I think this will be a great accomplishment. But I can’t see any reason why I’d want to hear John Legend sing something that I could hear Marvin Gaye or Bill Withers sing. Continue reading

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The Phillies, The Big Red Machine, and All Time Great Teams

CHRIS PUMMER: Three straight pennants and two titles would be impressive if the Phillies could pull it off. But it would probably still leave them plenty short of matching the Big Red Machine’s legacy.

DAVE TOMAR: Of course, the 35th best club in Yankees history probably competes pretty well with most Phillie rosters of the past. But in reality, the current Phillies are also not particularly far away from being considered as among the best teams in NL history. It is with this contention that I may have ignited a little bit of a controversy with my colleagues during this week’s debate. To my perspective, the threshold for all-time great teams begins with two World Series victories. Continue reading

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