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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 28, 2014 " --'.IL Fact reviewing the PHARRELL WILLIAMS - GIRL Columbia Records 'Despicable Me 2' was the motion picture that featured Pharrell Williams' Oscar- nominated hit single "Happy" in the soundtrack. That is just one of the ten super tracks on 'G I R L' -- a superb album that shows Williams' versatility. It all begins with the search titled "Marilyn Monroe," followed by the inspirational "Brand New"-- a duet with Justin Timber- lake, the fantastic falsetto of "Hunter," the inviting "Gush," and the challenging funk of "Come Get It Bae." The multi-talented Williams wrote, arranged, produced and performed the songs for this outstanding album. The beat goes on as Williams explodes via "Gust of Wind," the regal "Lost Queen," then searches for his identity with the help of Alicia Keys on the strains of the power- ful "Know Who You Are," and puts the finishing touches on ten great tracks with the anointing of the "It Girl." Excellent collection! MUPPETS MOST WANTED Walt Disney Records The definition of 'Muppets Most Wanted' soundtrack is mayhem! Fan favorites for close to four decades, the Muppets use the music of the Oscar-winning Bret McKenzie (for his 2011 'Man r Muppet).' Enjoy a total of 25 tracks of fun created by a frog, pig, bear, chickens, penguins -- songs that McKenzie calls 'character driven. Highlighted by the fully-orchestrated "We're Do- ing a Sequel,' with appear- ances by the whole Muppets gang with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. Celine Dion steps up to perform a ballad written for Miss Piggy titled "So Right," plus Modern Family cast member Ty Bur- rell,. Sam Eagle and the Mup- pets on "Interrogation Song," along with Tina Fey who por- trays a feisty prison guard Nadya, complete with Rus- sian accent and' Josh Groban in "The Big House." Also fea- tured are Ricky Gervais, Ray Liotta, Jermaine Clem- ent and The Flamingos. McKenzie brings the Mup- pets to life with his music. SHERRY LYNN - A BEAUTIFUL LIFE Steal Heart Music New Jersey native Sherry Lynn released her sopho- more album 'A Beautiful Life,' and one of the many high- lights is the first single, "Girls Will Be Girls." Lynn welcomed her chance to duet with country music legend Crystal Gale on the title track, as well as performing it during her Grand Ole Opry debut. In addition she punches out beauties such as, "I Like 'Em Like That," the smoothness of "Slip Into Something Mexico," her pre- vious hit single "What a Day to Shake a Heartache," and feels the pangs of love with "You In a Song." This young lady has already shared the stage with the likes of. by bob morello the rest Miranda Lambert, LeAnn Rimes, Randy Houser, Chris Young and more. Lynn turns it up a notch for the upbeat "So Much More," followed by the questioning "What Are You Running From," the accusatory "Fallin' In Love," and the banjo-laden "I Could Get Used to This." Life is beautifuH AFTER THE DARK - SOUNDTRACK Varse Sarabande Records This intriguing powerful soundtrack from the motion picture 'After The Dark," is described as 'a thrilling mix of emotionally charged min- imalism and exotic Indone- sian gamelan. Also heavily involved is Korn frontman Jonathan Davis who joined film composer Nicholas O'Toole to craft a mesmeric soundscape built for the end of the world, with haunting additional music by Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket. Used to create the cacophony of sound were undertones of Tuvan har- monic throat singing be- neath oddly played cello and bassi. The Sound of blaring Tibetan horns over minimal synthetic beats set the mood, along with Gamelan instru- ments, which are familiar and native to the region of Jakarta where the film is set in. The end result is 31 tracks of a sound palette, as O'Toole made use of his musical freedom to hy- bridize sounds that originate from very different cultural sources. PEDRO LUIS FERRER - FINAL Escondida Records Pedro Luis Ferrer is con- sidered to be an artist who wears his heart on his sleeve. If you need proof of this, listen to his lyrics and melodies, and you will hear a man whose messages come straight from the heart. Cuban-born Ferrer is able to draw from all around him, the mind, the heart- and the deep tradition of music in his homeland. Put- ting it all into the dozen songs on this album, a ride that takes the listener on a roller coaster of emotions. Taste the flowing "Dicen de Ti, Dicen de Mi," the roman- tic beat of "Ay, Que Sencillo Amarte," the sensuous "Mad- rigal de un Suefio," rolling out the suave "Reitiraci6n," and marking the midpoint with the haunting "Fantas- mita." The second half dozen songs shine via, "La Pechuga de Guanajo en Fricase," fol- lowed by the sweeping strings of "Cristina," picking up the pace for "Yo No Se Amanacer Sin Ti," laying on the com- pliments with "Que Bonita Es Ella," winding down .with the album title cut "Final," and the last cut is the teasing track titled "Titirititi." Per- haps Ferrer's press release described his album best, "Ferrer has created a series of beautiful, intimate por- traits, shards of passion and heartbreak, all bound to- gether by his gentle music." Amen! The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani SO LONG TO BUCKY Ralph slip out of the com- the largest " political party" Last Saturday the pews puter in my brain, in the Bay State. were packed at Most Holy WALSH IS RIGHT W.R, ROTARY HONORING Redeemer in East Boston for ABOUT HOST STATUS MARY MULVEY JACOBSON Bucky Spataro's funeral. He Boston Mayor Marty Walsh The West Roxbury/Roslin- knew lots of people over his is now saying Boston must be dale Rotary will be holding its long life and many of them considered a host commu- annual Paul Harris Awards were at the church to say nity for either the Revere or Dinner on Friday, June 6 th good bye .to a wonderful man Everett casino proposals by at the Irish Social Club. This who was full of life right up the Gaming Committee. He's year, the club will honor to the end. right. Charlestown and East Maxy Mulvey Jacobson for all I have known Bucky since "Boston are part of both her contributions to the moving to East Boston many casino ideas. Hey, Revere community. For details go to years ago. We were members shouldn't mind East Boston of the Knights of-Dunkin' getting another vote. After- KNIGHTS & LADIES Donuts up the Heights and all, they got two bites of OF ST. FINBARR he was always talking-about the same apple themselves. The club's 110 th Grand World War II and ships. Remember? Banquet will be held on He told me once he joined NEW CANDIDATE Saturday, April 12 th at the the Navy in November 1941 FOR TREASURER American Legion Nonantum to see the world, "Then the Charlotte Golar Richie is Post 440 on California Street damn Japs bombed Pearl considering a run for state in Newton. Special guest Harbor." treasurer. She is a former is Catherine Clancy Lord, Whoever met this guy soon state representative and Mayor of Cork. For further became good friends. When last year ran for mayor, information, please contact he wasn't down with the She has good name recogni- calvec2@verizon.neL Knights, he was at the new tion and a campaign organi- DON'T FORGET library on Bremen Street or zation ready to go again. "TASTING" SUNDAY in the summer time, swim- There are already three Sunday night (March 30 ) ming at Shea's Beach. candidates running for the is when the South Boston He lived a long life, enjoy- Democratic nomination and Neighborhood Development ing the time God gave him her entry into the race could Corporation holds its 12 th to use. He will be missed by make this race very, very Annual Taste of South Bos- all. interesting, ton starting at 6:00 pm at ST. JOSEPH'S TABLE FLYNN the Seaport Hotel. Last year GREAT TIME FOR ALL BREAKFAST SPEAKER over 500 showed up and March 19  was St. Joseph's Former Boston Mayor Ray sampled food from over 30 Day and at the St. Joseph Flynn will be the guest area restaurants. Society on Hanover Street in speaker at the annual Com- For more information, go to the North End, the place was munion Breakfast spon- packed wall to wall as folks sored by the Greater Quincy EASTER BAZAAR AT were celebrating the feast. Council 2259 Knights of Co- SACRED HEARET The altar table full of donated lumbus on Sunday, April 6  IN EASTIE food was set up and everyone at the Knights. For more Don't forget to stop by the waited for the priest to come information, call Howie at Sacred Heart Parish Easter and bless it before the meal 617-479-8883. Bazaar on Paris Street. Could begin. TISEI STAYS AWAY Everything starts at high All the traditional foods FROM GOP CONVENTION noon. Free children's break- were there and everyone Last week, former State fast with the Easter Bunny had his or her fill. It is a great Senator Richard Tisei stayed at 11:00 am sharp. Check tradition passed on genera- away from the GOP state con- out this annual East Boston tion to generation, vention after it produced a rite of spring. AIR CARGO TRADE SHOW party platform that was quite BOSTON POLICE GREAT TOO conservative and anti-gay. FOUNDATION GALA AT Teisi had hoped the party PARK PLAZA HOTEL platform would be a more Last Saturday, I was over moderate-written document, at the grand ballroom in the The Republican Party in Mas- Boston Park Plaza Hotel for sachusetts is small enough the first annual gala for the already without making the Boston Police Foundation. tent even smaller. Republi- Nearly 500 guests attended cans here must walk a fine this event. line. They need to hop onto Among the many guests its conservative base, but were Police Commissioner they also need to attract Billy Evans and five former Independents who are politi- commissioners. cally moderate on social is- SOUTH QUINCY BOCCE sues. Otherwise Democrats CLUB CELEBRATING keep winning elections and The South Quincy Bocce Bud Dasey of Winthrop was control of government. Club just celebrated its honored last week at the Two years ago, liberal 80 th anniversary last Satur: Air Cargo Trade Show for Democrats were blasting day. The club was founded both his service to his court- Teisi as "Tea Party Teisi" in 1934 and is located at try in WWII and for his which is ludicrous. He al- Malnarti's Block on Liberty recent 89 th birthday, ways won then ,and hopefully Street in South Quincy. The Michelle DeFronzo's 8 th will do it in 2014. He is the Quincy City Council ac- annual Air Cargo Trade kind of Republican like Scott knowledged the anniversary Show took place last Thurs- Brown who can reach out to with a Citation earlier last day at the Winthrop Yacht Independents who now are week. Club overlooking the beau- tiful Boston skyline. Two members of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II fame presented a brief history of this Army Air Corps unit. OOPS DEPARTMENT In last week's pierce on the East Boston Chamber of Com- merce's Networking event, I For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call misidentified one of the folks (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE, in the photo with Rep. Carlo P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices Basile and Dave Modica. The other famous guy is Frank Santarpio but I called him Ralph. There is no Ralph WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM Santarpio to my knowledge. I must have had the name