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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pam's New Music Downloads

The Welsh singer-songwriter, Jem, seems determined to show just how multifaceted she is musically. Down to Earth expands her sonic horizons to include funk and gospel, Latin and African influences. "It's Amazing," is a lilting piano-laced reverie.

David Sanburn's Here & Gone features guests like Joss Stone, Eric Clapton and Sam Moore, pays homage to the round, brash precision of Ray Charles' band and its director, Memphis alto saxman Hank Crawford, in the late '50s. In typical fashion, Sanburn goes for the musical jugular with sax tones that cry, dart and scream. Best track? "Brother Ray,' featuring guitarist Derek Trucks, which blisters as it swings.

Lindsey Buckingham's Gift of Screws - On one of the standouts of his fifth solo outing, the Fleetwood Macster sings about waiting for "The Right Place to Fade." But as this enchanting disc demonstrates, Buckingham is hardly ready to fade from the picture.

On his first album of new material in six years Time the Conqueror, Jackson Browne shows that time hasn't conquered him. Songs like the title track and "Giving That Heaven Away" make this 57 minutes well worth spending.

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