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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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4Play: Third Day, Antlers, Brandon Heath, Gus Gus

Kristi Kates - June 27th, 2011
Third Day - Move - Provident
Third Day’s 11th set, recorded in the band’s own studio in Georgia, features 12 tracks that blend together heavy, Southern-rock influenced instrumentals with soulful, introspective, pensive lyrics and hooks, with a focus on faith. While the songs here are very specifically focused and solid in their beliefs - some of the most inspirational being “Surrender,” “What Have You Got To Lose,” and “Don’t Give Up Hope” - the album adds yet another dimension via the band’s collaboration with The Blind Boys of Alabama on “Lift Up Your Face,” and encouraging tune that showcases both the band’s traditional rock abilities and their positive attitude.



Antlers - Burst Apart - FK
At first listen both more accessible and warmer than Antlers’ previous release in 2009, Burst Apart also introduces more details with each listen, from the quietly indie-rock opener, “I Don’t Want Love,” through similar standout tracks “Parentheses,” “Hounds,” and “French Exit,” each with carefully arranged parts and sneak-up-on-you hooks. While a few of the vocals are a little over-the-top at times, the majority of the set works well and plays through as a cohesive and catchy unit; listening on headphones will offer up even more layers of keys, guitars, mesmerizing beats, and vocals that range quirkily from mumbles to wails.




Brandon Heath - Leaving Eden - Provident
Award-winning GMA vocalist Heath writes once again with longtime collaborator Jason Ingram on several songs for this set, including the album’s first single, the distinctive “Your Love” which easily shows the marks of both songwriters. More electronic music elements have crept back in to Heath’s sound on this set, although the songs here are still definitively pop and should appeal to a wide range of inspirational-music fans. “Only Water” leans on acoustic guitar to pretty effect, while “The Light in Me” is reassuring and direct; “It’s No Good to Be Alone” focuses on community, while “Stolen” focuses on Heath’s vocals.


Gus Gus - Arabian Horse - Kompakt
If you recollect the early ‘90s - and liked much of the overseas-arriving dance music of that time - then chances are you’ll like Gus Gus’ latest, which pulls elements from that era and adds in the production clarity of today. Don’t think you’re going to get away from synths on this one - they form the foundation for pretty much the entire set - but they’re used skillfully and with decorum, especially on such tunes as the title track (with its gypsy-dance flair), the organ/accordian sounds that weave through “Selfoss,” and the forward-thinking sounds of “Be With Me” and “Over,” both featuring Earth Hakonardottir’s idiosyncratic vocals.
 
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