Friday, October 5, 2007

Casual Listening Extra 10-5-07

Casual Listening


October 5, 2007

Bruce Springsteen -- Magic (rock)

The E-Street band is back with big arrangements of mid-tempo guitar rock. Piano, xylophone, and tambourine help to evoke the sound of teenage yesteryear. There’s no top 40 hit here, but plenty of the kind of urban portraits that make Springsteen the musical Norman Rockwell of working-class white America.

Annie Lennox – Songs of Mass Destruction (rock)

The ex-Eurythmics vocalist shares another set of mature songs of the heart. Her band tends toward epic pop, with everything from gospel singing to accordion and strings woven into the mix. The strength of Lennox’s soulful, self-assured singing sells the package.

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