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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 [] 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 expl

    • 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 not living up to expectations, versus getting the album out of the blue without an expectation of "getting my money's worth" out of go buy it as a gift for someone else today!

      Side note: I kind of feel that way about Michael Palin's Diaries also...I received it as a gift, but I don't think I would have ever bought go buy that as a gift for someone else also! :-)