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Saturday, February 10, 2007

New Music Downloads

The Grammy Awards are tomorrow night. I refuse to watch award shows since they are usually very boring and who wants to listen to people drone on and on. But I did look at the list of nominations and was happy to see some of my favorite artists.

The Dixie Chicks are up for the Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Corinne Bailey Rae is nominated for Record of the Year and Best New Artist. KT Tunstall provides some much needed fresh blood in the Best Female Pop Vocal catagory. None of the Best Male Pop Vocal nominees were in my top favorites.

Check out these songs I downloaded today:

There something about Norah Jones that just feels like home. Her new CD, Not Too Late, is as if an old friend has returned to offer sweet comfort, the kind you didn't even know you needed. Norah offers a subtle surprise with mellow horns on "Thinking About You".

Lily Allen's "Smile" is impossible not to grin when you hear it. The deliciously catty and catchy single on this Brit's debut CD, Alright, Still rebuffs her cheating ex's attempts to reunite, taking spiteful delight in his misery.

Scottish-born singer-songerwriter, Paolo Nutini possesses an old soul and gritty voice that belies his young age (he's 20) and pretty-boy looks. On his debut CD, These Streets, Nutini seems to be channeling a bit of Ray Charles on the soulful ballad "Last Request," where, on the verge of a breakup, he tenderly pleads for a temporary reprieve.

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