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Author Archives: Joseph Arellano

Joseph Arellano wrote music reviews in college for the campus newspaper and FM radio station. In recent years he has written book reviews for several publications including San Francisco Book Review, Sacramento Book Review, Portland Book Review and the Tulsa Book Review. He also maintains the Joseph's Reviews blog. For Blogcritics, Joseph writes articles about music, books, TV programs, running and walking shoes, and athletic gear. He believes that most problems can be solved through the purchase of a new pair of running shoes.

An Interview with Brent Bourgeois

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I speak with Brent Bourgeois, who returns to the recording scene with a new album in June. Read More »

Music Review: Rosanne Cash – ‘The River & The Thread’

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Has Rosanne Cash recorded her 'Graceland'? Read More »

Music Review: Benmont Tench – ‘You Should Be So Lucky’

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Is Benmont Tench's solo album just competent or is it more than that? Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Gamble’ by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck

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A not-so-definitive look at the 2012 election. Read More »

Music Review: Dido – ‘Greatest Hits’

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Did Dido include enough or too much of her music on this greatest hits collection? Read More »

Music Review: Badfinger – ‘Timeless… The Musical Legacy’

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This compilation works for those who would like a decent sampler. Read More »

TV Review: ‘Independent Lens’ – ‘At Berkeley’

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No two individuals will watch this and receive the same impression, and this may transform the lack of structure and message content (and context) into a good thing. Read More »

Music Review: Julian Lennon – ‘Everything Changes’ [2013 Reissue]

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Though it falls short of being essential, it's almost an excellent album. Read More »

An Interview with Sarah Jio, Author of ‘Morning Glory’

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"We get one life, and only so many trips around the sun, and I believe in love and happy endings . . ." Read More »

TV Review: ‘American Experience’ – ‘JFK’

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The American Experience examines the life and times of the 35th President of the United States. Read More »