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Song that will sell him: 'Rock n' Roll Is Free'
Inspired by Neil Young, this song -- as the title suggests -- is a rocker, featuring fuzzy guitar and lots of cymbals that will encourage Dad to partake in a little air drumming.
The song that will sell him: 'Next Girl'
But if you really want to rope him in, suggest the 'Next Girl' video. And we say that because of the Paul Rodgers-style vocals and stripped down, gritty guitar -- not because of the hot video. (But, you know -- it probably won't hurt.)
The song that will sell him: 'Siberian Breaks'
This 12-minute tune -- the length alone should appeal to his Yes/Genesis/Emerson, Lake and Palmer sensibilities -- is like several songs glued together, beginning with heavy bass and jangly guitars, then morphing into a '70s-style summer pop song with harmonies before really mixing it up.
The song that will sell him: 'The Day Is Coming'
While it's still a little trippy, like their earlier stuff, it also has a sparse, stripped-down feel, with turned-up drums and keys.
The song that will sell him: 'Martha My Dear'
First of all, Dad will be impressed that she's covering the Beatles. Then once he hears the voice, he'll ask to hear her originals.
The song that will sell him: 'Will Do'
You can hear the Gabriel comparisons in this hip-sounding love song that would've have worked well on the old 'Miami Vice' TV show.
The song that will sell him: 'Bobby in Phoenix'
Guided by a sweet-sounding Delta guitar, this song offers soul an update, thanks to the vocals of soul legend Bobby Womack.
The song that will sell him: 'So Many Ways to Die'
While this song doesn't feature the typical bouncy Jennings phrasing, this is a humorous folk tune that will remind Dad of the late Steve Goodman.
The song that will sell him: 'The Curse'
A mummy song for Daddy.
The song that will sell him: 'Part of the Whole'
Close your eyes and picture yourself in a Greenwich Village coffee house.
The song that will sell him: 'In the Sun'
Featuring a jazz chord progression, a Bee Gees beat and a sugary sweet throwback melody, it's a song that would make Phil Spector happy -- even in prison.
The song that will sell him: 'Calgary'
Featuring an Annie Lennox-type intro with a ambiance-setting synth and layered vocals, this one can help your old man get in the Chill Zone after a stressful day.
The song that will sell him: 'Close to You'
While known for lyrics that make a statement, this catchy tune -- with marching drums and a heavy-handed bass -- proves Sollee also takes melody seriously.
The song that will sell him: 'Simple Math'
In the spirit of Floyd, this extravagant number really should be heard during a laser show.
The song that will sell him: 'Tiny Man'
The son of a preacher, Lightburn offers to take us to a safe place on this gospel-inspired track.
The song that will sell him: 'Radio'
This Mitch Ryder-like party tune will fit right into Dad's high school reunion.
The song that will sell him: 'The Magic'
Wasser's falsetto vocal parts provide the magic in this funky tune that's part Ani DiFranco and part Prince.
The song that will sell him: 'Boogaloo'
This '70s-style party hit -- with plenty of clapping and sax -- sounds like a Stax one-hit wonder. Fortunately, it's not the only good song on the album.
The song that will sell him: 'The Usual Suspects'
NPR says it's the catchiest mandolin-driven rock song since R.E.M.'s 'Losing My Religion.'
The song that will sell him: 'Last'
The harmonies will lull dear old dad to another era.