St. Vincent & Opinions on Maxwell

Jim and Greg welcome one of music’s rising stars: Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent. Later they review the new album from soul singer Maxwell and Greg drops a quarter into the Desert Island Jukebox.

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St. Vincent

This week Jim and Greg welcome singer and musician Annie Clark, otherwise known as St. Vincent. After making a name for herself by touring and recording with Sufjan Stevens and The Polyphonic Spree, she recently released a second solo album called Actor. St. Vincent blew our hosts away at this year’s SXSW festival, and Greg is already calling Actor one of the best albums of the year. They were excited to have St. Vincent along with her band into the studio for a live performance and conversation about dirty tour buses, digital oboes and Disney cartoons.

00:40:22 Review: Maxwell

BLACKsummers’night (Deluxe Version)

After breaking out of the neo-soul movement along side Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo, singer Maxwell took an almost decade-long hiatus. Now he is back with BLACKsummers’night. Greg likes that he doesn’t hear anything trendy on this record. It reminds him of artier soul albums from the late ‘70s. The hooks aren’t in abundance, but it’s got grit. Greg gives Maxwell a Buy It rating. Jim wishes he could be as enthusiastic. There are a couple of great songs, but for the most part he found the album sleepy. He wishes Maxwell threw a little more fire into BLACKsummers’night and gives it a Try It.

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Maxwell got Greg in the mood for some of that great soul music from the late ‘70s era. For him the British group Hot Chocolate stands out from the rest. They had a big hit with You Sexy Thing, but that track doesn’t do them justice. Hot Chocolate came out of the ska and reggae tradition that emphasized great storytelling. You can hear this on the song Emma, Greg’s Desert Island Jukebox addition for this week.

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