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Chicago, “Bethlehem” from What’s It Gonna Be Santa? (2003): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Bethlehem” from What’s It Gonna Be Santa? (2003): Saturdays in the Park

Bill Champlin is said to have always pushed new music on the band. This is once case where Chicago should said no.

Sia – Everyday Is Christmas (2017)

Sia – Everyday Is Christmas (2017)

In its best moments, ‘Everyday Is Christmas’ challenges the notion of what a holiday album should be. Sia just needed more of them.

Yes, “Almost Like Love” from Big Generator (1987) YESterdays

Yes, “Almost Like Love” from Big Generator (1987) YESterdays

When you add together all the disparate parts of “Almost Like Love,” you almost get a good Yes song … but not quite.

Chicago, “Till We Meet Again” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Till We Meet Again” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s “Till We Meet Again” is barely over two minutes long, and kindly labeled “filler.” Well-arranged filler, but filler nevertheless.

Beck – Colors (2017)

Beck – Colors (2017)

In typical fashion, the follow up to 2014’s somber ‘Morning Phase’ is perhaps Beck’s most upbeat and funky album to date.

Chicago, “Anyway You Want” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Anyway You Want” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s “Anyway You Want” sounds like Peter Cetera dashed it off in five minutes. And this is the lead-off song for ‘Chicago VIII’?

Chicago, “Woman Don’t Want to Love Me” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays In The Park

Chicago, “Woman Don’t Want to Love Me” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays In The Park

The fact that “Woman Don’t Want to Love Me” is a lesser song on ‘Chicago VII’ is a testament to how strong the rest of the album really is.

Bob Dylan’s Trouble No More: I Haven’t Heard It, But I Already Have Issues

Bob Dylan’s Trouble No More: I Haven’t Heard It, But I Already Have Issues

Columbia Records touts the gospel-focused ‘Trouble No More’ as the “definitive retrospective of a pivotal period” in Bob Dylan’s canon. It’s not.

Garry Tallent and Max Weinberg: A Tale of Two Sidemen

Garry Tallent and Max Weinberg: A Tale of Two Sidemen

Max Weinberg and Garry Tallent of Bruce Springsteen’s backing group the E Street Band are on tour – but the experiences are much different.

Chicago, “Song of the Evergreens” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Song of the Evergreens” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Musically, Chicago’s “Song of the Evergreens” is brilliant. Where the disconnect occurs are the vocals.

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