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Page10 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 20, 2014 Fact ax reviewing the best. the rest COLDPLAY - GHOST STORIES Atlantic Records Coldplay continues to ride the wave of success with the recent release of the band's sixth album 'Ghost Stories.' Much of the song lyrics sound to be those of a man in pain from lost love. Front man Chris Martin's much-publicized marital problems with Gwyneth Paltrow, and the ending of their ten-year marriage. Martin opens with the haunting "Always In My Head," followed by the album's charted single "Magic," leaving a mark with the tattooing "Ink," the string- laden "True Love," and strikes the midpoint with the tick- ing time bomb "Midnight." The clutching "Another's Arms" continues the roller-coaster ride, making waves with the expansive "Oceans," the second successful single shines with the heavenly "A Sky Full of Stars," and Coldplay has their final say with the piano gem "O." FIRST AID KIT - STAY GOLD Columbia Records Sweden's Klara and Johanna Soderberg chose to call them- selves First Aid Kit - an unlikely name for a duo, but when you listen to their harmonies, all you will remember is their dynamite songs. Polishing up a collection of the ten songs they penned, the pair of young 20-year olds (21 & 23), show maturity and good sense in their lyrics. The first single and opening track, 'My Silver Lining,' is easy to listen to, along with the duo's lyrics sung over lush arrangements, includ- ing "Master Pretender," the glistening title cut "Stay Gold," addressing "Cedar Lane," and fill the void with "Shattered & Hollow." Their major debut continues with the ringing approval of "The Bell," employing their ideas on "Waitress Song," taking on the rhythmically pleasant "Fleeting One," the upbeat "Heaven Knows," and the finale is in the form of the memorable "A Long Time Ago." Finally, a 'First Aid Kit' that can cure any problem with just a song! BRANTLEY GILBERT - JUST AS I AM The Valory Music Co. In Branfley Gilbert, what you see is what you get. The man writes from the heart, which he wears on his sleeve. Gilbert expresses his life in his tunes, and whether you're a coun- try music fan or not, he will grow on you, as will his songs. Check out his 11-song collection, which Gilbert played a major role in writing, the initial cut "If You Want a Bad Boy" sets the tone, followed by the memories of "17 Again," his #1 single "Bottoms Up," toasting with "That Was Us," and the emotional breakup song "I'm Gone." Life goes on for Gilbert with the lyrical temptation of "My Baby's Guns N' Roses," cranking up the sound to celebrate the Friday night lights of life on "Lights of My Hometown," once again bringing tears to the eyes with the emotion of "One Hell of An Amen." Gilbert serves up a travel brochure with "Small Town Throw Down," a descriptive way of the life he lives and loves in Jefferson, Georgia, hitting it out of the park with the tender "Let It Ride," and praises the support of his significant other with the touching "My Faith in You." Excellent album from a rising country stall MICHAEL BRADFORD - THE LONG NIGHT Varse Sarabande Writer/producer/musician Michael Bradford steps up to the next level with his debut solo record. Career credits include writing for and performing with artists, Eurythmics, Kid Rock, Stevie Nicks, Deep Purple, Jem and Ringo Starr. Bradford wrote songs that will get you through the night as, "The Real California" (featuring Samantha Stollenwerck), "No One But Myself to Blame" (Liz Primo), "It's Happening" (Jem), "Together Forever" (Ko Kapches -- a Toronto street poet), and "Everybody Does It" feattn%ng rapper Big B. Bradford also performed all of the instruments, and is responsible for the vocals on Tne Long Night.' Sandwiched in between guest vocals is Bradford on "Look Up," the pensive titled cut "The Long Night," trailed by the darkness of "Nightfall," and the questioning "Where Are All My Friends." The surreal "Until We Meet Again In Paradise" continues the mood, along with the driving "Deliver Me," cleaning up with the gravelly vocals of "The Dish Washer," and the baker's dozen ends with the pleading "Got To Hold On." The Long Night gives 13 reasons to live! JOE BECK TRIO - GET ME JOE BECK Whaling City Sound Sadly, Joe Beck passed away in 2008 at the age of 63. This world-renowned jazz guitarist was brilliant, able to make a guitar speak. Beck was a jazz guitar genius, and there are 13 tracks that will back up that statement, on this, his final album recorded live at Anna's Jazz Island in Berkeley, Cali- fornia. With the simple rhythm section accompaniment of Peter Barshay on bass and Dave Rokeach on drums, Beck made musical magic. Six gems on the album are no less than eight minutes long, including the opener, "Stella By Starlight," plus the pretty "Manha de Carnaval," Hoagy Carmichael's classic "Georgia on my Mind," the flighty "Alone Together," and it is pure heaven to hear Beck deliver "Ten- derly. Interspersed are 'spoken word' tracks that display this artist's humor, and some insight as to how he creates this bluesy, experimental, and evocative sound. The mood is maintained with the expressive "I Can't Get Started," the romantic "You and the Night and the Music," a wonderful cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Corcovado," and Beck's final notes is a radio edit version of "Georgia on my Mind." Truly a genius, Joe Beck will be missed! 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 AUTHOR LARRY DiCARA BIG HIT AT EAST BOSTON LIBRARY Recently, former Boston City Councilor Larry DiCara spoke before a packed library audience on his new book Turmoil and Transition. This book of his is a politi- cal memoir of Boston's bus- ing era and has already sold over one million copies. Larry was elected the young- est ever Boston City Coun- cilor at age 21 in 1971 and served during those interesting times when Judge Garrity's court order seemed to create chaos in the streets of Boston. Larry and I view much of what hap- pened by then differently, but his book is an important overview of what took place and how the political struc- ture did or didn't address it correctly. This event was sponsored by the Pirandello Lyceum of which I am a proud member. REMEMBERING TWO EASTIE GUYS It seems hard to believe that Junior Lombardi has been gone so long. This com- ing September I0 th will be his 11  anniversary ... Then of course, there's Lou Rossi (Colonel Rossi, USAF). His 10 th anniversary just passed June 7 . Two good men. NEW REVERE RESTAURANT I just heard about Antonella's over in Revere near Broadway and Revere Street. Check this place out, you won't be SOITy. CONGRATS TO ROSEMARY McAULIFFE Happy birthday wishes go out to Rosemary who has been part of the North End community for 50 years now. She remains active in the community serving on the North End Waterfront Resi- dents' Association. GROUNDBREAKING IN SOUTHIE On Friday the 13 th, Massport held a ground- breaking for the Thomas J. Butler Freight Corridor and Memorial Park. Tommy worked for Massport for many years as director of government and community affairs and he took his job seriously because he loved South Boston and fought for it always in his Massport role. He once said, "We're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time." He was my friend and he enjoyed his life and lived it well and never forget the community that nurtured him. He is truly missed. EAST BOSTON IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS The East Boston Small Business Summit will be held on Tuesday, June 24 th at the Courtyard Marriott/ Boston Logan Airport. For more information, email info@eastbostonchamber, org. POPES HILL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION BLOCK PARTY Over in Dorchester folks living in the Popes Hill neighborhood are getting ready for its Annual Block Party. It all begins at McKone Street at 1:00 pm on June 24  up the street from the firehouse on Neponset Avenue. News Briefs (Continued from Page I) expensive and expansive government. To me, the Brat victory also says something about President Obama and the way he's been treating both the law and constitu- tion recently. The Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders deal is not selling across America and people also haven't forgotten the treatment the veterans were getting from the VA system where vets were being hung out to dry waiting for needed appointments. If I were Democrats run- ning in November, I would be worried. If I were Repub- licans I'd learn from Virginia and quickly. Meanwhile in South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham, R-SC, was able to win his Republican primary only because conservative Republicans had his oppo- nents to choose from. Word to the wise, if you want to beat someone, you can't have six Republicans on the ballot. If I were Graham, I would always say the more the merrier too. President Jets In and Out of Bay State Not long ago, President Obama made his way to the City of Worcester to give a rah, rah speech for high school grads. However, even more important for him seemed to be that fancy fundraiser later that evening at the Weston home of a wealthy supporter who was hosting a fundraising dinner. The price tag to break bread with Barack was a mere $32,000 a piece. Isn't this the One Percent crowd he is always bashing along with sidekick Lizzy Warren? Get a real good photo up at the commencement and then collect the loot later. Meanwhile, just keep bash- ing the Koch brothers. Special Bulletin This just in. You know all those emails that the Republican House has been Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette I 345 Broadway, Revere [ 781-286-CASH [ { EXTRA SPENDING MONEY-- L _J seeking and the IRS stone- walling? We now find out those emails concerning Lois Lerner have gone miss- ing as have the hardcopy backup files. For a whole year the IRS strings Con- gress along only to tell them, they're gone? 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