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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.


HOWARD MEGDAL:
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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