Janis herself has never sounded better on record, but it took me four full listenings to the LP before I could hear her. That’s how bad her band is. When (and if) you get hold of this record, my suggestion is that you listen really hard to how awful the backup is — everything from the arrangements to the level of musicianship. Those sons of bitches can’t do anything really right. The only answer is to get super-familiar with what they’re doing so you can ignore it. And then dig Janis. They can’t be that bad, you say? On “Try,” they stutter along like Stax rejects, thudding out a 16-to-the-bar quick-step so metronomic it defies you to pat your foot, let alone get up and dance. Janice sounds great, but — “One Good Man” contains perhaps the only instrumental blessing on the whole record, wherein Sam Andrew plays a tolerable bottleneck introduction and obbligato to Janis’ vocal. At least the rest of the band is relaxed on this track, even if they add nothing. (Disconcerting … [Read more...] about I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
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SINGAPORE: The crowds may have stayed home this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but National Day Parade (NDP) 2020 remained a visual and aural spectacle, adapted for the small screen. Singapore marked its 55th birthday with fireworks, a show and a parade, but it was very different from previous years'. But even with last minute changes to the show, the elimination of mass performances - an NDP staple - and the large crowd, it did not stop the performers from putting up a rousing show on Sunday (Aug 9) for its 150-strong audience and hundreds of thousands more watching from home. This year's theme - Together, A Stronger Singapore - called on Singaporeans to stay united as one people and work together to emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. READ: ‘We will need this unity and resilience more than ever’ in fight against COVID-19, says PM Lee in National Day message Broadcast live from The Star Performing Arts Centre, the evening show centred on the struggles of … [Read more...] about NDP 2020 evening show pays tribute to frontline workers amid COVID-19 pandemic