Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

CD REVIEWS an Occasional Update of Music Releases

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

CD REVIEWS an Occasional Update of Music Releases

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*POP/ROCK Morrissey - Southpaw Grammar (Reprise): Famous for singing about loathing people because they are beautiful and for shedding tears because nobody loves him, mopey singer Morrissey has recorded a new eight-song CD that is anything but dull. He has deviated from his low-key style of rock and come out with a heavy-on-guitar, hard-rock album. Not that he's abandoned his whining: In "Boy Racer," we hear, "He's just too good-natured and/ he's got too much money and/ he's got too many girlfriends/ I'm jealous." Listeners will find themselves singing right along, however. - Lisa Leigh Parney *JAZZ Vanessa Rubin Sings! (Novus): Rubin is so comfortable with her voice that she can alter her phrasing to songs from all eras, and without a hint of pretense. She borrows heavily from her influences, no doubt Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald, but it's not imitative. Here are 12 songs - standards and not so standard, from "Our Love is Here" to "It's Not Easy Being Green" (Kermit the Frog's philosophical lament). …
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