October 19, 2020

2004-04-09 – The Palm Beach Post

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Sixties elements creeping in

Old-tlmey, almost: If it
weren‘t for the moment in
the Alicia Keys ballad You
Don 't Know My Name when
her cellphone breaks up,
you would
swear the
recent No.
1 hit was
in the rota-
ry era.

Keys full-on vo-
cals recall the time when
Aretha Franklin and Eddie
Kendrieks dominated the
charts: not now. when it
seems contemporary R&B
vocalists are either whis-
pery or prone to choppy,
stop-start rap affectations.

'Ihe prominent piano is
actually played. not sam—
pled from some. say, Rob-
erta Flack Ll).

And then there's the
"woo-hoo-oohs" from the
background singers when
Keys stops singing and

makes a phone call to the
oblivious object of her af-
fection — two more devic—
es from vinyl records gone

Listen to the current
multimillion sellers by
Keys, OutKast and Jay—Z.
and you'll hear a remark-
able number of new hits
that sound pretty old. They
incorporate many of the
live instruments and ar-
rangements ——- even back-
up vocalists who go "woo-
hoo-ooh" — that were sig-
natures of soul songs from
the ‘605 and '705.

So why is this happen-
ing so often in 2004?

“It's like this." ex-
plained R&B singer-
songwriter Musiq, “and I
liken music to food a lot of
times: We were raised on
home-eooked meals —
those of US who were fortu-
nate. And then, when you
get a little age on you. you
start making a little mon-
ey, you want to go buy
your own food. 50 you eat

out all the time.

“Now you can go out
and you can do Mc-
Donald's, you can do Burg-
er King, you can do
(T.G.I.) Fridays, you can
do Benihana, you can do
Waffle House, you can do
whatever you want to do.
But sooner or later your
body is going to crave the
food that it was raised on.
You're gonna want to
come home and say, ‘Maa—
maa. can you make me a
plate?‘ That's the time that
we're in. Everybody's
reaching back for that hot
plate. that first source of
nourishment, their mama."

Horton hears a Who: Is
the Who still the Who be-
cause it says it is? That's
the question raised by The
Who: 771m and Now 1964-
2004 (Geffen). a 20~song
greatest hits disc that in—
cludes two new songs by
“the Who." minus the late
Keith Moon and John En-
twistle. of course. One
could argue that if the

Who could soldier on with
out the irreplacable Moon,
perhaps the most brilliant-
ly inventive drummer in
rock history. then they can
go on without bassist En-
twistle. who just stood still
most of the time. But the
real question is what
makes a band's true identi-
ty. Just the lead singer and
chief songwriter? Are the
other players integral. or
just glorified sidemen?

In any event. Roger
Daltrey and Pete Townsh-
end have decided to keep
going, with Townshend
eheekily calling this the
Who's “new Everly Broth-
ers fonnat."

So. to the new songs:
Real Good Looking Bay,
about Elvis Presley,
sounds like late '705-‘805
Who, full of hard, chunky
grooves. Old Red Wine, a
tribute to Entwistle, fea-

members Pete
Townshend (left)
and Roger Dal-
trey decided to
push on as the
Who, without the
late Keith Moon
on drums and
the late bassist
John Entwistle.

2002 file Photo

tures a ragged, affecting
vocal by Daltrey, and a
hard-rocking coda.

N either will be consid-
ered a greatest hit in the
future, but they do repre-
sent the first new “Who"
material since 1982. Won‘t
get fooled again?

Depends on your per-

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