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by Paul Attard Kicking the Canon Music

X | Wild Gift

There never was a romance quite like it: beat poets/star-crossed lovers Exene Cervenka and John Doe form a little rock band with guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D. J. Bonebrake — a list of names straight out of a Charles Bukowski novel — then…

September 12, 2020
by Paul Attard Kicking the Canon Music

Roscoe Mitchell Sextet | Sound

What’s the difference between music and noise? Besides general semantics, the two terms are perceived to create something of a dichotomy in relation to one another; often when trying to pass critical judgment on the sonic qualities of a recorded piece, there’s a tendency…

May 19, 2020
by Ryo Miyauchi Kicking the Canon Music

Mary J. Blige | My Life

After writing the early blueprint for ’90s R&B, Mary J. Blige laid out her own musical foundations on 1994’s My Life. The influence of hip-hop began to seep into R&B by the end of the ’80s  —  a period that soon saw Bell Biv…

May 12, 2020
by Alec Lane Kicking the Canon Music

Emmylou Harris | Wrecking Ball

Widely hailed as a major turn in Emmylou Harris’s already illustrious career, the 1995 album Wrecking Ball found the beloved country artist exploring new avenues in production while reinforcing her ability to command the intricate arrangements — ultimately deepening her power to bring an…

May 4, 2020
by Alec Lane Kicking the Canon Music

Dusty Springfield | Dusty in Memphis

It’s only appropriate that Dusty Springfield’s 1969 record — which found the singer’s vocal sensibilities shifting over to R&B, and to more deliberately paced arrangements — took its time to accumulate the canonical status that it enjoys today. Comparing “Son of a Preacher Man,”…

April 13, 2020
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