The New Troubadours

Fresh sound abounds in the reflective music of a new generation of singer-songwriters

The music everywhere, on the air and on MTV, seems noisier than ever. Every time you change a channel it seems like some rapper is sticking his finger in your face: Yo! Listen up!

Well, not right now. I've got other things to listen to. O.K. -- you can hear the rejoinder immediately -- like what . . . Zamfir? Bart Simpson? The Brandenburg Concertos reinterpreted with singing crystals by Linda Evans' boyfriend?

Well, no. Just look around a little. There is some rock-solid music in our midst, but its coming has been so quiet that it seems to have arrived...

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