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Given the lavish praise heaped upon the self-titled debut by Grinderman in 2007 -- it was my choice for the best album of that year, and its intensity has diminished not a whit since -- let's get this out of the way right up top: The second album from Nick Cave's extra-Bad Seeds s
Since his promising debut with "Get Lifted" (2004) as a new kind of old-school soul man, singer and songwriter John Legend has been busy moving to the toothless center, content to churn out ever more generic and lightweight easy-listening fluff.
Throughout his long and distinguished discography -- five studio albums with British folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention, six extraordinary efforts with his then-wife Linda, a strong five-album solo run on Capitol from 1988 through 2001, and several consistently rewarding indie efforts since --