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Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny.

music Updated: Aug 09, 2010 14:32 IST
Luke Kenny

Praise and blame, Tom Jones

Universal

Tom Jones is 70 years old and still quite the ladies’ man. One of the biggest singing sensations of the 1970s, he never seems to lose his edge. In this album – his 39th – his music takes on a spiritual bent. The album is a collection of his versions of gospel songs by artistes as diverse as Bob Dylan and Billie Joe Shaver. There are even versions of traditional gospel songs like Nobody’s fault but mine (also covered by Led Zeppelin) and Run on (also covered by Moby). This is Tom Jones at his experienced best.



Bottomline

The only blame here is praise



Croweology, The Black Crowes

Megaforce (2 CDs)

I have always believed that the acoustic medium is the best to bring out the nuances of a song. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, George Michael and Alanis Morissette all put out unplugged albums featuring their songs in a different light. Veteran classic rock band, The Black Crowes, have also gone down this road, with surprising and heart warming results. Incidentally, the band has announced a hiatus post this album tour. So put this on and enjoy some great unfettered and raw music, via Crowes classics like Remedy, Jealous again, She talks to angels, Thorn in my pride and Bad luck blue eyes goodbye, among others. What is missing on these two discs is their biggest hit, the scorching cover of the Otis Redding classic, Hard to handle.



Bottomline

Rock ‘n’ roll education



Couldn’t Stand The Weather, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble

Fans of the Southern blues will always lament the untimely loss of one of the greats of the genre. Although there are many promising newcomers on the scene today, no one can come even remotely close to SRV. This deluxe re-mastered edition is the ultimate testament to that. The first disc features the original eight-song album, expanded into a 19-track opus that is crisp and powerful. The second disc is a live concert culled from a 1984 performance in Montreal. If the recorded album blew you away, this live performance will only heighten that experience. Along with his band Double Trouble, this maestro’s music simply takes your breath away.



Bottomline

Stevie lives!



Lady GagaThe Remix, Lady Gaga

Universal

This album is a perfect example of how to sell the same music over and over again. Take all the hits and lay them out along with two or three remixed versions of each song. So you have everything from Just dance, Poker face and Paparazzi, to Space Cowboy remixes and mixes by the Pet Shop Boys. How lame is that? Put out more original music please, Lady! Or have you run out of hit singles already? Incidentally, there is also a bootleg album that takes all the Lady Gaga hits and mashes them up with songs like Michael Jackson’s Thriller & Beat it; Queen’s, We will rock you and Radio gaga; Justin Timberlake’s Sexyback and even Boney M’s Ma Baker! Some are good, some are passable and some are downright terrible.

Bottomline
Enough, already!