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  • As a long time serious Cooder fan (and nuisance to some friends), I hate to say I've been a bit disappointed by his latest fare. "Buddy" is OK, but seemed a bit forced, and Chavez Ravine [amazon.com] was a bit of a misfire (interesting, but a bit flat musically).

    I keep hoping he'll return to the "old timey" jams of his earlier days, or maybe seek out another intriguing collab with someone (Bela Fleck ? Ricky Skaggs ? Sergio Mendez ?), but I guess he's got a creative backlog to work off after the whole Buena Vista explosion.

    If you want some recent Cooder, I'd recommend Mambo Sinuendo [amazon.com] as an interesting collab that'll grow on you.

    • I'm actually only a little more than halfway through the album right now, and so far I like it...I'm up to "Three Chords and the Truth", which is interesting after just seeing the PBS show on Pete Seeger. I didn't even know who Paul Robeson was until that show. So I'm enjoying the album on more than just a musical level. I did read some of the 3 star "It's OK" kiss of death reviews, but perhaps there's a different perspective when you go buying the latest Cooder (or whoever) album expecting something and it