a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
Style Pandora contest winner at http://casuallistening.blogspot
May 30, 2008
* Fonseca - Gratitud (world)
Massive crossover pop appeal. Fonseca's roots are Vallenato - uptempo accordion dance music from Columbia. It's a barely noticeable backdrop to glistening pop melodies with global cache.
* Jenny Scheinman - Jenny Scheinman (folk)
If you've run the last Gillian Welch CD into the ground, here's your new soundtrack. Jenny Scheinman actually takes on a wider range of material, including some country-rock, blues, and even a hint of jazz along with the heartbreakers. I'm a sucker for sentimental folk, and Scheinman's album hits the sweet spot. A second release this week, Crossing the Field, showcases her award-winning violin skills.
* Al Green - Lay it Down (R&B)
One would be tempted to say they don't do "make-out" music like they used to, except that Al Green is still making great albums. If you've never spent time with his falsetto cry and string-enhanced band, it's time to treat yourself.
* J-Live - Then What Happened? (rap)
Smart lyrics and jazz-inspired production put this in the top tier of recent hip-hop releases. Vibes and muted trumpet back up rhymes alternately personal and political, but always thought-provoking.
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