Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

CD Reviews

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

CD Reviews

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CAJUN

Beausoleil: L'Amour Ou La Folie (Rhino): Beausoleil, led by fiddler and vocalist Michael Doucet, has been the leading Cajun band in the world for more than two decades; their rock-and-roll approach has expanded the music's fan base without overly alienating traditionalists. Their latest release, one of their best, is a swinging mixture of 14 original and traditional numbers, featuring such guests stars as Richard Thompson on guitar and Tex-Mex star Augie Myers on piano. English translations of the French lyrics are provided, assuming you can stop moving long enough to read them.

- Frank Scheck POP/ROCK Van Morrison - The Healing Game (Polydor): The Celtic bard is back again with his best album in years. This sounds like vintage Van - moody, melodic hymns that hark back to his roots in rhythm and blues. "Here I am again.... Back where I belong," he croons in the radio single, "The Healing Game." Yet sprinkled throughout these 10 songs are delightful surprises: The ethereal Uilleann pipes; a melancholy sax solo; lots of harmonica and piano; burning background vocals; and (no kidding) a touch of mellow, finger-snapping 1950s doo-wop. There's a lot of repetition within and at the end of songs (Morrison's trademark), epitomized in the lovely "This Weight." As always, his poetry comes from the heart. And best of all, of course, is his voice - thick, rich, and honest. - Liz Brown Luscious Jackson - Fever In Fever Out (Capitol): The title of Luscious Jackson's first album, "Natural Ingredients," more aptly describes their latest release, "Fever In Fever Out," a nuanced, intimate collection of confessions and questions. The ingredients - hip-hop wed to folk, funk, and jazz topped with a defining dose of disco; candid, often-caustic lyrics; and no small measure of resolve - are recognizable enough. The songs, nonetheless, do not remain the same. …

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