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  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    North Coast Journal out of Humboldt County, California, asked some of the area's music mavens for their picks of the year's best. Gini Noggle, owner of the local record shop Metro, says Wilco's Sky Blue Sky is her favorite. "I fell in love with this CD," she says. "I have played it every day at work since it came out this summer (I’m not kidding) and it still sounds fresh every time. Jeff Tweedy could sing the phone book and I’d be riveted, his voice is that good."

    Journal Topics: Reviews
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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    In his recommendation of Sweeney Todd, NPR film critic Bob Mondello says that director Tim Burton has created a "splendid adaption" of the Stephen Sondheim original. On the acting front, Johnny Depp's "snarling, vengeance-crazed Sweeney Todd is a wonder." As expected, Mondello reports, both Depp and his co-star, Helena Bonham Carter "nail the roles emotionally" and, perhaps less expectedly, can sing. All in all, Mondello says, Sweeney Todd is "spectacularly stylized ...  persuasively sung, and imaginatively adapted for the screen."

    Journal Topics: Radio Reviews
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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    David Edelstein, the film critic for NPR's Fresh Air and New York magazine, has placed Sweeney Todd and There WIll Be Blood on his list of the year's best films. Talking with Terry Gross about the films on Fresh Air, he compliments director Tim Burton for creating a "very intimate" version of what Gross refers to as the "absolutely brilliant, truly wonderful Stephen Sondheim musical." She asks Edelstein for his recommendation of the one movie audiences should see this holiday season. His answer: Sweeney Todd—"Great music, great photography, great performances, amazing arterial spray."

    Journal Topics: Radio Reviews
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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    Youssou N'Dour's Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take) has made the Best of 2007 list from Siddhartha Mitter, a Boston Globe contributor and a reporter for WNYC, New York Public Radio.

    Journal Topics: Radio Reviews
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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    The Tim Burtondirected film adaptation of Sweeney Todd is "cause for celebration" among both film and musical theatre buffs, says the Phoenix New Times (AZ). "Nearing the end of an uncommonly strong year for American movies, he's taken a hallowed classic of the modern musical theater ... and somehow managed to produce something magical ... as fully satisfying a screen version of [Sweeney] as I can imagine. And of all the new-millennium Hollywood musicals ... it's the only one that succeeds both musically and cinematically. It breathes new life into the genre."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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    Wilco's Sky Blue Sky has made the Best of 2007 list from WFUV, 90.9 FM, in New York. "Another great album from Wilco," writes WFUV's music director, Rita Houston, "Sky Blue Sky doesn't hit a wrong note."

    Journal Topics: Radio Reviews
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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    Alex Ross, the New Yorker's classical music critic, has posted on his blog, The Rest Is Noise, his Apex 07 list—some of the best performances and recordings he's heard this year. Among the best on CD: Wilco's "On and On and On," from Sky Blue Sky. And among his favorite performances of 2007 are the Disney Hall performance of John Adams's Naive and Sentimental Music by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the LA Philharmonic, and Audra McDonald in a Valentine's Day performance of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at LA Opera.

    Journal Topics: Reviews
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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    The LAist calls Tim Burton's film version of Sweeney Todd a "wonderful, hilarious, inspired" work. "[L]et there be no doubt that Tim Burton has crafted a true piece of musical cinema from Stephen Sondheim's bloody masterpiece." In the title role, Johnny Depp is "magnificent," his performance "so powerful as Todd that you eventually begin to relish his countless murders." Ultimately, "Sweeney Todd joins Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands as Burton's finest work."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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    In his review of There Will Be Blood for Reuters news service, John DeFore writes that Jonny Greenwood's "captivating" score is an important player in the film, "greatly contributing to the sense that tectonic forces lie beneath the drama." 

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Monday, December 17, 2007
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    "[W]hen you hear something as audaciously new as There Will Be Blood," writes iF magazine, "it’s a listening experience akin to coming across an oil gusher in a movie theater—the kind that blows your seat (and ears) to the ceiling with the sheer, often-insane beauty of what you’re hearing." With an originality that "spurts in spades," Jonny Greenwood has created an "entrancing" score. "Greenwood shows he can do orchestra with the same innovative quality that he approaches Radiohead’s trance-rock with ... And like P.T Anderson’s best soundtracks, Greenwood achieves a musical f-you wallop that grabs our attention ... [W]e feel that Anderson and Greenwood have taken us on a journey into sound that’s truly new for film scoring." The film "offers a major discovery in the talents of Jonny Greenwood."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Monday, December 17, 2007
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    With There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson has reached new heights of artistry in his work, says the four-star Slant film review. And it's Jonny Greenwood's music "that gives There Will Be Blood its throbbing, pulsating soul ... Greenwood's musical accompaniment is a thing of dark majesty, brilliantly in sync with the omnipresent forces—anger, resentment, jealousy, covetousness, insanity—trying violently, desperately to bubble to the surface."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Monday, December 17, 2007
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    Giving Youssou N'Dour's Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take) four out of four stars and naming it the CD pick of the week, the Toronto Star says the new album is "another breakthrough" following Youssou's string of groundbreaking records with Nothing's in Vain and Egypt. Writes the Star's John Goddard, Rokku Mi Rokka features "rich, instrumental textures and soaring melodies" and should bring Youssou the "smash, crossover success" he deserves.

    Journal Topics: Reviews

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