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I.B. BAD: RISE OF THE
NEXT-GEN BALLERS
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AND CARRY
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It seemed like a good idea at the time.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
A MASSIVE MIXTAPE?
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THE RETURN OF ROCK
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Critics' Choice
PEACE  TRAIN
7/25/17

Power of Peace, the potent new joint effort from The Isley Brothers and Santana (Sony Legacy), was executive produced by Carlos Santana. But it is dedicated, in part, to legendary executive Clive Davis, and with good reason; it is squarely in the tradition of Davis' brilliant reboots of Santana, The Grateful Dead and other iconic acts. Cannily chosen rock, pop and soul gems that have inspired the participants are favored with alternately rousing and lovely renditions here, and Ron Isley's ravishing voice and the ripping, sparkling guitars of Carlos and Ernie Isley are in top form. Highlights include the Swamp Dogg jam "Total Destruction to Your Mind," an incandescent "What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love," Curtis Mayfield's "Gypsy Woman," Stevie Wonder's irrefutable "Higher Ground," the Muddy Waters/Willie Dixon classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)." This is truly a family effort—Cindy Blackman Santana kills on drums, while Kandy Johnson Isley and Tracy Isley jump in on vocals. Power of Peace's themes of coexistence, love and harmony have never been more timely, even if they come from songs nearly a half-century old. Some music not only stands the test of time, but comes back around just when you need it most.