Kin is a songwriting collaboration between Rodney Crowell and author/academic Mary Karr, responsible for 10 of the best new country songs I've heard in ages, brought to life by singers such as Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Kris Kristofferson.
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Saturday 13 December 2008
Tuesday 15 July 2008
When Melody Gardot sings "It's a miracle I'm alive, I do not think I can survive", she's singing from the heart. The lyrics come from the first song she wrote, in the aftermath of the traffic accident that almost killed her. Today, '"Some Lessons" is still the song that defines her.
Sunday 22 June 2008
Optimum Wong Kar Wai's American debut is like a parody of his earlier films: pretentious, vague, and smudged with hazy, neon-lit, slow-motion camera work. It stars Norah Jones as a New Yorker who breaks up with her boyfriend and hangs around Jude Law's café for blueberry pie and sympathy. She then takes a bus across the country, stopping off in Tennessee and Nevada, and crossing paths with hard-luck cases played by Rachel Weisz, David Strathairn and Natalie Portman. But nobody gets anything amounting to a storyline. The blueberry pie doesn't look very appetising either.
Saturday 03 May 2008
It may be three decades since Laurie Anderson reached No. 2 in the UK singles chart with her eight-minute experimental epic "O, Superman"– which was a haunting indictment of Cold War American foreign policy – but the New Yorker reminded British audiences this week that she has lost none of her radical fire.
Sunday 24 February 2008
Friday 22 February 2008
Wong Kar-Wai, director of the sublime In the Mood for Love, has made his first film in English, though from the stiltedness of his script you may wish he'd stuck to Mandarin.
Thursday 21 February 2008
Monday 16 February 2004
Thursday 29 January 2004
Friday 13 June 2003
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