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Recommend A Religious Album

August 12, 2009 Leeann Ward 32

jesus-thumps-up1Many people may mistake my cynicism regarding, what I perceive as, heavy handed God centric songs in country music as not having appreciation for religious songs as a rule. This, in fact, is not accurate. While I cringe at certain religiously themed songs that feel too forced or contrived, I will admit here that I am easily taken in by religious songs. In fact, Randy Travis’ Worship And Faith is one of my favorite albums from his expansive discography. Likewise, I can’t get enough of Iris Dement’s Lifeline. While I, of course, always recommend those albums to all who haven’t heard it yet, there is somebody else that I urge you to check out if you don’t mind some “ old time religion in your heart.”

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Discussion: iPod Check

December 9, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 41

This afternoon, it took me seventy minutes to get to my final and fifteen minutes to actually take it.   It was the traffic jam to end all traffic jams, requiring navigations of Brooklyn and Queens

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Discussion: Recommend a Track

November 14, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 17

The title track from Iris Dement’s album The Way I Should promotes a philosophy that I can get behind.   Responding to nameless critics, she justifies the choices she’s been making with clear-eyed confidence: A ghost

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Top Twelve Songs about America

July 4, 2005 Kevin John Coyne 2

We’ve been a bit overwhelmed in country music with patriotic songs since 9/11, and many of them have the stench of expolitation, poor taste, or just plain bad songwriting. In my opinion, the best songs

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