New York Dolls
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New York Dolls

The key track is “Private World”. Sans irony, and dispassion, the New York Dolls dreamed themselves up from the street, donning a sort of half-drag that said nothing and everything about them. Part of this was to carve a different look, a signature look — to be noticed. Another part of it was to have fun, … Continue reading

Mothership
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Mothership

A sampler that goes for bombast, forgoing the deep cuts. Zep was AOR. Until 1990, they shied away from releasing compilations. Funny how time slips away – and the greed of the Zeppelin trust cashes in. And, if you ask me, Mothership doesn’t do them justice. The overview is nice, but it slights the band. It slights … Continue reading

Bloom
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Bloom

Not a hair is out of place.  The pace drags, the key is low, and the fem-bot signifies doom – or, I guess, what it feels like to lude out at the beach. With a tinny kind of obliqueness, the band deconstructs Pet Sounds by way of a Casio keyboard (OK, a “minimal approach”). Two or three … Continue reading

David Bowie: Live
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David Bowie: Live

The live album is a wild card.  Sometimes it’s fodder to fill a contract.  Sometimes it is more – a new vantage, say, on the artist or the songs featured.  In theory, a live album by one of my favorite artists is rife with potential: to hear something I like reworded, rearranged – renewed, even, by … Continue reading

Baby
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Baby

Co-written and produced by David Bowie, Iggy Pop’s “Baby” is a sketch.  It’s drum-less and tight — a model of almost James M. Cain-like restraint.  No less direct than the violent vamps for which the Stooges were infamous, this lover’s lament (a warning in mourning) is, lyrically and melodically, richer than anything the Ig had … Continue reading