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By Andy Argyrakis
Weekend Report: Editors indulge in the '80s, Mariah mania
Friday, February 12, 2010
The fact that it's Valentine's weekend only adds appeal to Mariah Carey's two night stand at the intimate Chicago Theatre. Considering many of her songs are seductive in nature (alongside even skimpier outfits), she's sure to set the guys on fire and make the girls jealous in the process. However, her best asset is a multi-octave range, that if internet clips are to be believed, can still belt out contemporary pop classics like "Always Be My Baby," "Fantasy" and "Hero." (Worth a shot - Saturday and Sunday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.thechicagotheatre.com).
When Editors jumped over the seas to America, the group was lumped alongside Franz Ferdinand, She Wants Revenge, The Bravery and other like-minded 1980s revivalists. However, one listen to its first two discs, or the brand new In This Light and On This Evening (Kitchenware Records) for that matter, indicates the most accurate mirroring of Joy Division with arguably the most catchy tunes from the aforementioned pack. (Worth a shot - Monday at The Vic Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).
As one of the most monumental progressive rock groups of all time, Yes will never have any trouble selling tickets to its dedicated fan base, but after a lead singer switch, it's forced the epic act to scale things back a bit. Playing at the uncharacteristically tiny House of Blues (compared to an enormo-dome like back in the day) comes as a result of Jon Anderson's absence, though at least he's replaced with the dead ringer sound-a-like Benoit David who's certainly capable of covering the chestnuts. (Worth a shot - Thursday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Street Week: Vince for Valentine's Day, Sade shines
Monday, February 8, 2010
Throughout the past 25 years, Sade has seamlessly blended jazz, R&B, pop and chilled out rock, making her one of the world's most treasured artists, even if it takes her ages to record an album. Soldier of Love (Epic) comes no less than ten years after her last studio CD Lovers Rock, but if the thumping lead single is any indication, she hasn't missed a sultry step. The ten track collection also features her highly talented instrumental backers, which when not in Sade mode, also record under the Sweetback moniker.
In anticipation of Valentine's Day, classic country great Vince Gill turns in Love Songs (MCA Nashville), which marks his first project geared solely around the subject of romance. The hubby of fellow singer/songwriter Amy Grant turns in tender tunes like "You And You Alone," "Faint of Heart," "When Love Finds You," "Whenever You Come Around" and many more top hits sharing that disc's theme.
Tribute albums by one single artist to another single artist are always tricky, if only for the challenge of putting a fresh spin on what's generally considered to be classic material It turns out sax man David Sanborn was up to the test when it came to Ray Charles on Only Everything (Decca) which finds the veteran sax taking a stab at eight influential tunes. While a bit skimpy considering Charles' vaults, he picks fair mixture of familiar and off the beaten path tunes to deliver a smooth and often times soulful hat tip including "Let the Good Times Roll" (with Joss Stone) and "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" (accompanied by James Taylor).
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