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Ry Cooder, Kate & Anna McGarrigle Albums Nominated in fRoots Critics Poll of Year's Best

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2011
    Ry Cooder, Kate & Anna McGarrigle Albums Nominated in fRoots Critics Poll of Year's Best

    The nominees for the 2011 fRoots Critics Poll have just been announced, and among them are Ry Cooder's new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, which has been nominated for Album of the Year, and Kate & Anna McGarrigle's three-CD collection Tell My Sister, released this spring on Nonesuch, which was nominated for Reissue/Compilation Album of the Year. (Also nominated for Album of the Year is Fatoumata Diawara's Fatou, out in Europe on World Circuit; her debut EP, Kanou, is available digitally in North America via Nonesuch.)

    The fRoots Critics Poll nominees are chosen by experts in the UK and worldwide—over 300 writers, broadcasters and activists. This year’s winners will be announced by BBC Radio 3 in a special edition of World On 3 broadcast from 11 PM on Friday, December 2, hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy.

    Inspired by a news headline about the Wall Street bailout, Ry Cooder began work on Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down with the track “No Banker Left Behind,” an ode to the corrupt few spared from the financial crisis while most were left to fend for themselves. Uncut calls this "one of his best albums ever ... an impassioned portrait of 21st century America and its injustices" in which Cooder is "remade as a modern-day Woody Guthrie, fearless and funny, for like Guthrie he nails his targets with droll humour while empathising with society's underdogs." The BBC calls it "essential listening."

    Tell My Sister comprises newly remastered editions of Kate & Anna McGarrigle's beloved 1976 self-titled debut and its equally praised 1977 follow-up, Dancer with Bruised Knees, plus a third disc of previously unreleased songs and demos—45 songs in all. Rolling Stone calls the debut album "idiosyncratically perfect." The Boston Globe calls it an "exhilarating ride," the demos a "real revelation," and the sisters' music "too enchanted, too singular to ever be forgotten." The Financial Times gives the new collection a perfect five stars.

    To pick up a copy of either album, head to the Nonesuch Store now, where CD orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.

    To see the complete list of fRoots Critics Poll nominees, go to frootsmag.com.

on November 14, 2011 - 5:50pm
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The nominees for the 2011 fRoots Critics Poll have just been announced, and included among them are Ry Cooder's new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, which has been nominated for Album of the Year, and Kate & Anna McGarrigle's three-CD collection Tell My Sister, released this spring on Nonesuch, which was nominated for Reissue/Compilation Album of the Year. Nominees are chosen by experts in the UK and worldwide; winners will be announced by BBC Radio 3 in a special edition of World On 3 on December 2.

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The nominees for the 2011 fRoots Critics Poll have just been announced, and among them are Ry Cooder's new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, which has been nominated for Album of the Year, and Kate & Anna McGarrigle's three-CD collection Tell My Sister, released this spring on Nonesuch, which was nominated for Reissue/Compilation Album of the Year. (Also nominated for Album of the Year is Fatoumata Diawara's Fatou, out in Europe on World Circuit; her debut EP, Kanou, is available digitally in North America via Nonesuch.)

The fRoots Critics Poll nominees are chosen by experts in the UK and worldwide—over 300 writers, broadcasters and activists. This year’s winners will be announced by BBC Radio 3 in a special edition of World On 3 broadcast from 11 PM on Friday, December 2, hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy.

Inspired by a news headline about the Wall Street bailout, Ry Cooder began work on Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down with the track “No Banker Left Behind,” an ode to the corrupt few spared from the financial crisis while most were left to fend for themselves. Uncut calls this "one of his best albums ever ... an impassioned portrait of 21st century America and its injustices" in which Cooder is "remade as a modern-day Woody Guthrie, fearless and funny, for like Guthrie he nails his targets with droll humour while empathising with society's underdogs." The BBC calls it "essential listening."

Tell My Sister comprises newly remastered editions of Kate & Anna McGarrigle's beloved 1976 self-titled debut and its equally praised 1977 follow-up, Dancer with Bruised Knees, plus a third disc of previously unreleased songs and demos—45 songs in all. Rolling Stone calls the debut album "idiosyncratically perfect." The Boston Globe calls it an "exhilarating ride," the demos a "real revelation," and the sisters' music "too enchanted, too singular to ever be forgotten." The Financial Times gives the new collection a perfect five stars.

To pick up a copy of either album, head to the Nonesuch Store now, where CD orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.

To see the complete list of fRoots Critics Poll nominees, go to frootsmag.com.

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