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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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