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“Whatever the precise plot machinations that led Guardians of the Galaxy to rely so heavily on the Super Hits from the ’70s doesn’t quite matter when it comes to regarding the soundtrack. Here, the record works as a sampler of the soft rock and Yacht rock hits that are familiar not only from constant exposure on the radio, [...]

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“A play with music by Lanie Robertson, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, directed by Lonny Price, first opened on Broadway in the spring of 2014 with Audra McDonald starring as the heartworn Billie Holiday singing and telling stories about her life….McDonald’s inspired take on Holiday’s singing in what is essentially a one-woman show is on full display here in this two-disc [...]

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“The soundtrack to Divergent, the first film adapted from Veronica Roth’s dystopian young adult novel series, reflects the story’s high-tech future — in which people are separated into factions based on their virtues — in its mix of EDM and hip-hop. Even if the EDM craze had peaked somewhat by the time of the film’s 2014 release, [...]

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“The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Violet, which follows the emotional journey of a disfigured woman as she travels from her North Carolina home to Tulsa, Oklahoma to visit a faith healer, features a New York Times affirmed ‘career-defining performance’ from Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in the lead role.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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“The soundtrack recording to the Broadway musical If/Then, features the original cast, including the show’s star Idina Menzel….This 2014 Tony Award-nominated production features engaging, contemporary pop-and rock-infused songs that showcase Menzel’s immense vocal talent.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Like Goodfellas and Boogie Nights before it, American Hustle‘s music celebrates the epic feel of ’70s pop, rock, and disco and uses it to give its story extra heft. David O. Russell’s tale of con men, Feds, and the mob has a lighter touch than either of those two movies, however, and this is reflected [...]

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“Providing the music for a film about the making of one of Hollywood’s most beloved musicals is no easy task, but Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning composer Thomas Newman (The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty) offers up an evocative score for the John Lee Hancock-directed historical comedy-drama that manages to invoke both the despair and whimsy that surrounded [...]

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“The John Legend-curated soundtrack for director Steve McQueen’s big screen rendering of Solomon Northup’s autobiography 12 Years a Slave features 16 tracks, including two selections (‘Washington’ and ‘Solomon’) from composer Hans Zimmer’s evocative score. Operating under the ‘music from and inspired by’ adage, the 14 remaining cuts explore themes of suffering, redemption, and freedom through [...]

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The Who: Tommy

“Townshend’s ability to construct a lengthy conceptual narrative brought new possibilities to rock music. Despite the complexity of the project, he and the Who never lost sight of solid pop melodies, harmonies, and forceful instrumentation, imbuing the material with a suitably powerful grace.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Inside Llewyn Davis gains its power through precision as the whole idea of the project is capturing a specific point in time, the great Folk Scare of the early ’60s, when Kingston Trio and Peter Paul & Mary were having crossover hits, the time just before Bob Dylan arrived in Greenwich Village….[I]t winds up as [...]

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“Based on author James Thurber’s fantastical 1939 short story of the same name, the 2013 big screen rendering of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty features Ben Stiller in the role of the mild-mannered protagonist with incredibly lucid daydreams, and the music that accompanies those reveries reflects the actor’s innate quirkiness.” –All Music Guide Check [...]

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“As a whole, this set is more diverse than either of its predecessors and at least as consistent….As evidenced by this first volume from season two, Nashville is a series that keeps on giving, both on and off the screen.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom… actually makes its own musical journey through the decades alongside Mandela’s. Beginning sparsely with African folk instruments, the score expands into full orchestral territory as Mandela’s story deepens (and darkens), then adding electric guitars and synths as things get nearer to the present, all of which gives this presentation a kind of [...]

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“The soundtrack to 2013′s Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall features a collection of indie pop cuts by the likes of Passion Pit, Neon Trees, and Rogue Wave. Since many of the tracks here are by bands that lean toward mixing atmospheric synthesizer pop with some post-U2 guitar uplift, it leaves the general impression of being [...]

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“[I]t’s easy to tell that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a more lavish affair than its predecessor just by looking at its soundtrack, which features some of pop and rock’s biggest names….The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a solidly entertaining soundtrack.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Buying into Luhrmann’s vision is always the issue, but here, the music is crafted enough, inspired enough, and deep enough that it’s worth diving into without reservations. Luckily, you can wring all that disappointment and despair out of your fine, stylish suit after surfacing.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“The soundtrack to the 2013 Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots features the original cast performing the songs with music and lyrics by ’80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein….Featured in the musical are performers Billy Porter, Stark Sands, and others. In 2013, Kinky Boots won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.” [...]

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“Termed a ‘Southern gothic musical,’ Ghost Brothers of Darkland County was scripted by novelist Stephen King with the music coming from maverick heartland rocker John Mellencamp, a collaboration a bit left-field for both artists. This set includes Mellencamp’s songs interspersed with key dialogue from King’s libretto….They… may well be among the best Mellencamp has ever [...]

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“For those who don’t already know, the actors in the series actually perform the songs assigned them. The music is selected, directed, and often produced and performed by T-Bone Burnett and his ace studio band…. Like the second half of the first season in this series, this volume has plenty to offer fans of the [...]

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