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Interview: Quentin Harrison, Author of ‘Record Redux: Spice Girls’

'While it's true that they knew how to market themselves and work within the industry machine, creative substance was always there at the surface and beyond.'

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Music DVD Review: Mika – ‘Sinfonia Pop’

Mika's songs lend themselves naturally to orchestral treatment. His voice is an instrument of precision and sparkle as well as range, dancing between a supple tenor and a relaxed falsetto; with masterful vocal control, he sings with subtle power and finely tuned sensitivity against the orchestra and background singers.

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Many Happy Returns: ABC (The Band) in Focus, Part 2

'The Lexicon of Love II' bridges two audiences: those with a flash frozen sound of ABC stuck in their ears and stalwarts who’ve journeyed with ABC along their evolutionary track. The real coup of 'The Lexicon of Love II' is that it wins new listeners due to its self-awareness and ability to avoid stagnation―like previous ABC recordings before it.

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Many Happy Returns: ABC (The Band) in Focus, Part 1

Led by Martin Fry, ABC's 'The Lexicon of Love' (1982) was an instant sensation. To mark ABC’s upcoming release, this overview will give context to 'The Lexicon of Love II,' the arc of their musical canon, and prove that ABC is well beyond mere 1980s nostalgia.

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Prince Is Gone Too Soon, World Is Worse Place

In a young year already slammed with musical deaths — David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Lemmy, Keith Emerson, George Martin, Merle Haggard, Maurice White, Paul Kantner — we now face the staggering blow that Prince, perhaps the greatest overall musician of his generation, is suddenly gone at the far too young age of 57.

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