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Public Domain

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Public Domain

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Dave Alvin
Producers:
High Tone
genre:
Blues, Folk

We gave it a C+

Dave Alvin has a lot in common with ’70s-and-’80s-era Ry Cooder: a passion for mining American roots music, fine guitar chops, and an utterly undistinguished voice. But where Cooder imbued traditional material with his personal glow, Alvin’s just a competent journeyman. No matter how thoroughly he recasts the 15 folk and blues tunes of Public Domain (the R&B version of ”Shenandoah” is a nice idea), they don’t shine. C+