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Best Albums 2017

As there was no one record that monopolized my attention this year—nothing I wanted to hear compulsively, like Heartthrob or The Truth About Love in past years—I found myself shuffling through a lot more new music than I usually do, … Continue reading

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December 2017 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the December issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on November 25. Beautiful Trauma -P!nk (RCA/Sony) Meaning of Life -Kelly Clarkson (Atlantic/Warner) In our mind there is no better mainstream … Continue reading

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October 2017 albums

Here are the albums I reviewed for the October issue of EL magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on September 25. The Nordic Mellow -Siv Jakobsen (P-Vine) Lovers -Anna of the North (Different/Hostess) When we think of Scandinavian pop, Sweden … Continue reading

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August 2017 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the August issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on July 25. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie (Rhino/Warner) Something to Tell You -Haim (Universal) The Southern California sound is sunny, expressed in … Continue reading

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June 2017 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. In-ter a-li-a -At the Drive In (Rise/Hostess) Slowdive (Dead Oceans/Hostess) It probably says more about At the Drive In’s … Continue reading

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April 2017 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the April issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last month. SweetSexySavage -Kehlani (Atlantic/Warner) Ensen -Emel (Partisan/Hostess) The question posed by Kehlani Parrish is, How could someone so young sound … Continue reading

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Lou Reed/Yo La Tengo, Oct. 2000

I recently realized that almost all of the music reviews I wrote for the Japan Times in the 90s and the movie reviews I wrote for the Asahi Shimbun during the same decade are not available on the Internet, so … Continue reading

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