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AIRHEAD: THE LYING KING
He's baaaaack. (7/22a)
LAW FIRM TO LABEL:
CLIVE AND WALTER
These two go way back. (7/23a)
PARADIGM AND CODA TIE THE KNOT
Hands across the water (7/23a)
U.K. MIDWEEKS: FREYA RIDING HIGH
She's on Capitol in the Colonies. (7/22a)
NEW RELEASES: WHERE THE BATTLE IS
You can color the chart ginger for another week. (7/22a)
EARTHQUAKE!
We thought it was just the hangover.
WEED!
What strain pairs best with sloth?
COPYRIGHTS!
They're complicated.
PIZZA!
Why haven't we been talking about it?
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.