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EDITORS’ NOTES

Old-school poptimist Marshall Crenshaw splits the bespectacled difference between Buddy Holly and John Lennon. His eponymous 1982 debut evokes the former in upbeat breakout hit "Someday, Someway" and the latter with the bank-shot smarts of "Cynical Girl." A decade later, "Better Back Off" displayed a tougher Crenshaw, with even his famously smart and concise guitar solos acquiring a sharper bite. By his tenth album, 2009's Jaggedland, Crenshaw was looking back on life's disorderly storylines with wisdom and grace in expertly crafted tracks like "Television Light."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Old-school poptimist Marshall Crenshaw splits the bespectacled difference between Buddy Holly and John Lennon. His eponymous 1982 debut evokes the former in upbeat breakout hit "Someday, Someway" and the latter with the bank-shot smarts of "Cynical Girl." A decade later, "Better Back Off" displayed a tougher Crenshaw, with even his famously smart and concise guitar solos acquiring a sharper bite. By his tenth album, 2009's Jaggedland, Crenshaw was looking back on life's disorderly storylines with wisdom and grace in expertly crafted tracks like "Television Light."

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