Monday, July 12, 2010

Rod Stewart--Susan Tedeschi: Six One-Line Reviews (2003)

(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )

Rod Stewart: As Time Goes By ... The Great American Songbook Volume 2 (Arista). Those seeking proof that Rod can still carry a tune merely get proof that nowadays the tunes carry Rod; those seeking proof that Rod’s still a roué get a “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered” wherein he gets hot for Cher.

George Strait: For the Last Time: Live from the Astrodome (MCA Nashville). Enjoyable though bland and vice versa, with these fightin’ words for Dixie Chicks fans: “Me and my family were real fortunate a few years ago. We got a call from President and Mrs. Bush, and they invited us to come up to Camp David and spend the weekend.... I’ll remember that forever.…”

The Strokes: Room on Fire (RCA). Like the Cars before them, a thinned out, shinier version of a putatively underground music with the catchy quotient boosted.

Booker T. & the MGs: Soul Men (Stax). Funky karaoke.

Booker T. & the MGs/The Mar-Keys: Stax Instrumentals (Stax). Funky karaoke/groovy karaoke.

Susan Tedeschi: Wait for Me (Tone Cool/Artemis). Ersatz Bonnie Raitt, right down to the way Tedeschi locks into a groove and waxes sensual when not waning sentimental.

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