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Dr. Not-Quite-Yet: Caro Emerald

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There is actually a Facebook page dedicated to promoting Caro Emerald as the singer of the next James Bond film theme, https://www.facebook.com/CaroEmerald007.  There has not been a more apt Facebook page to date.  Caro Emerald, Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw of the Netherlands, sounds like an accomplished 60s jazz singer and more than able to handle anything a James Bond theme requires.

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Beat Mark: Tough To Beat

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The first couple times I listened to Beat Mark’s Howls of Joy album, as much as I enjoyed it, something was nagging at me.  Not the songs but the overall sound was distantly familiar.

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He’s Bacc—Woken Up

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It’s great to see new material from Aloe Blacc, the EP Wake Me Up and the LP Lift Your Spirit are 2013 releases. It is an excellent follow-up to 2010’s Good Things, confident, catchy, and with that unmistakable neo-soul groove that is reminiscent of the best of the early 70s.

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Jack Johnson For Now

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Jack Johnson is a great lyricist and a natural acoustic guitarist.  There is no unplugging necessary; his medium is the acoustic guitar...mostly.  He has only been around since 2001’s Brushfire Fairytales, so this rookie is relegated to the Newer Bands That Don’t Sound Bad section.  That’s a shame. Johnson has had ten albums in those years—three live, one soundtrack, and six studio albums. And his work seems to be—despite his success—underestimated.

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