Joe Cocker

Across from Midnight

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Joe Cocker's brief association with 550 Music failed to generate any interest, so when he moved to CMC International -- the home of all aging artists with slowly decreasing audiences -- he didn't try to make himself current, but settled into the mature adult contemporary demographic. The diminished expectations and goals actually suit Cocker well. Granted, the songs themselves aren't all terrific, but his performances are nice and understated. Ultimately, Across from Midnight is an album that will satisfy dedicated followers and few other listeners, but that's not a bad thing at all.

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