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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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In Briefs: The Extra Man and Jonathan Ames Industry

THOMAS DELAPA: Try as he may to keep the film afloat, Kline can’t save Dano, whose channeling of Bud Cort from Harold and Maude would even strike Holden Caulfield as phony.

I don’t doubt Tom on this one- due to disappointing box office, I’ll be forced to see this on television. But in general, the boom in Jonathan Ames material seems like nothing but a tremendous thing for America. Continue reading

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