Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Best Guitar Cds of the Week - Week of 08/30/2011

   Yet another slow week for releases as the record industry virtually sits out the end of August,saving everything for next month. That lets a few songwriter oriented albums slip past my normally narrow, guitar-focused blinders:

Ry Cooder - Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
   While quite capable of pulling of astounding guitar work,this time around,Cooder has a message in mind. He's not happy with how things are going and uses some satirical humor to let us know it. Titles like "No Banker Left Behind" and "John Lee Hooker for President"  lets you know where he's coming from.



Robert Earl Keen - Ready For Confetti
   The very image of the "songwriter's songwriter",Keen is another guy who is no slouch on the guitar but is all about the tunes. For album number 16,Keen tries out a shorter song length than usual for him but still ends up with some of the best songs in the business.


Glen Campbell - Ghost on the Canvas
   After the sad announcement that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease,Campbell decided his swan song would see him go out in style. Mr. Campbell,thank you for a lifetime of great music.Guest guitarists include Dick Dale,Rick Nielsen and Brian Setzer.


Tom Morello - World Wide Rebel Songs
   Morello fits right into this weeks theme of great guitarist putting out an album that's all about the songs. If you're looking for volume knob trickery and Whammy pedal shenanigans,prepare to be disappointed.



Singer/songwriters not your cup of tea? Patience,my friends. September will be good to you.

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