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Then & Now

May 11, 2011 11:25AM ● Published by Style

ALBUMS

THEN:

Sunset Studies Augie March

Australian quintet Augie March reminded everyone that music is truly a craft with their 2000 debut Sunset Studies. Sweet melodies, haunting vocals and the “antique,” somewhat old-fashioned sound, will delight and astound you. There’s no such thing as a favorite track on Sunset Studies. This will be your favorite album.

NOW:

Build a Rocket BoysElbow

Build a Rocket Boys is Elbow’s sixth album. What a blessing for new fans who think they’ve discovered a shiny new band: all of that back catalog! The music of Elbow is intimate and sweeping, and singer Guy Garvey’s lyrics are intensely personal. For new fans and longtime fans, Build a Rocket Boys will not leave you wanting.

Sharon Penny

BOOKS

THEN:

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett

I’m so glad we had this time together/Just to have a laugh or sing a song/Seems we just get started and before you know it/Comes the time we have to say, so long. Comedy legend Carol Burnett shares stories from her incredible career in this “backstage” peek. From childhood and her New York City acting days, to her storied 11 years as host of The Carol Burnett Show and life after the spotlight, Burnett draws us in and shares her wit.

NOW:

Bossypants by Tina Fey

SNL comedian, 30 Rock creator/writer/actress, workaholic, mother, mechagodzilla...there’s not much in life that Tina Fey has not already accomplished. So it’s high time she told her story in her own hilarious and forthright manner. From her days in the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago, to the huge success of 30 Rock, Tina’s got some tales to tell!

Sharon Penny

FILMS

THEN:

Ordinary People

The splintering of a suburban family after the accidental death of one of its sons is chronicled in this film, which won Oscars for director Robert Redford and a young Timothy Hutton, who plays the guilt-ridden surviving son Conrad, as he’s left to navigate the turmoil with help from a compassionate psychiatrist. Weighty subject matter finds an equal in perceptiveness.

NOW:

Rabbit Hole

This film about a grieving couple – played to perfection by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart – reeling from the death of their young son is, by virtue of its focus, heart-wrenching. And yet uplifting in its aftermath. Ultimately it is a story about forgiveness, which under the circumstances, is particularly rewarding.

Jenn Thornton

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