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Check Our Catalog “Gaga has employed a collection of more-than-capable producers to make her dance-ready smashes from “The Fame” and “The Fame Monster” even more propulsive on “The Remix.” Stuart Price flips around the chorus of “Paparazzi” to emphasize Gaga’s sense of longing, while Passion Pit turns “Telephone” into a delicious mix of techno, dubstep [...]

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The Books: The Way Out

Check Our Catalog</a “If there’s a lesson to be learned from “The Way Out,’’ it’s that we need little more than the sounds of each other’s voices to find comfort — or in the Books’ case, to crank out yet another masterwork.” –The Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “These disco-funk fashion icons put in some serious work to make you move. Updating the neon-glow falsetto and disco-push of the Bee Gees (as on “Any Which Way’’) still proves the band’s go-to move, but they expand their approach on “Night Work’’ into an overarching orgy of ’80s pop-quoting. It’s hard work [...]

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The XX: XX

Check Our Catalog “These tracks are so sleek, they’re practically sculptural…This restraint and sophistication make the fact that the xx’s members were barely in their twenties when they recorded the album all the more impressive; artists twice their age would be proud to call the maturity and confidence that flow seemingly effortlessly through the xx [...]

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Goldfrapp: Head First

Check Our Catalog “It’s one of the most unabashed love letters to anthemic ’80s synth-pop ever laid to hard disc….If that sounds like an unappealing clarion call from a dark musical period that you’re still trying to forget, this isn’t the album for you. But for those of us who weren’t beaten up by Harold [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Hot Chip look more likely than any of their peers to ascend one day to the intellectual electro-pop heights of Pet Shop Boys or Scritti Politti. Fuller than usual of slow songs and piano ballads, One Life Stand is their mellowest, most thoughtful effort so far — which means it carries the [...]

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Owl City: Ocean Eyes

Check Our Catalog “Young’s second set of lush, Postal Service-indebted electronic pop, Ocean Eyes, is so daydream-ready, you might forgive him for admitting out loud that he’d ”rather pick flowers instead of fights.’”–Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “The acronym that forms the title of their latest stands for “The Energy Never Dies,” and they more than make good on that promise, blasting through 15 high-powered rave-rap jams that rarely lack for melodic hooks or rhythmic thrust.”–Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “Thanks to the meticulous production values, the insane catchiness of the hooks, and the pure and true emotional underpinnings below all the gloss, the album is a total success of both sound and vision.”–All Music Guide “Refreshed and uplifted. Those are two things that the best pop records leave you feeling, and [...]

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Check Our Catalog “On their full-length debut, the Ting Tings craft peppy New Wave that’s relentlessly catchy.”–Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog “As bright as the feathers of the parrot, as sparkly as the fireworks, and as warm as the palm trees that adorn the cover. The music flows like melted butter, twists and turns like a mountain highway, and shimmers like the sun on a scorching summer day.The Spanish producer/singer throws a whole [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Cut Copy’s music bears all the prominent hallmarks of its era: giddily omnivorous stylistic appropriation, a sensuous, sybaritic (though not, in their case, seedy) demeanor, and the distinct evocation of bygone decades, most palpably the ubiquitous post-punk/post-disco ’80s, without succumbing to the pitfalls of overzealous eclecticism, empty hedonism, sugary glut, and blatant [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Brimming with ideas but understated, even tentative in executing them, and big on hooks but nervously intimate in presentation, Youth Novels is a curious, decidedly unorthodox but endearing record. Both youthful and novel — Li was twenty-one upon its release, which may explain both her occasional goofy vocal affectations and the hesitant [...]

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Check Our Catalog “[that] softer, more melodic side of European electronica is the focus of Putumayo’s Euro Groove compilation. You won’t find any dissonant, amelodic techno on this 2008 release, but you will find sleek, accessible, and melody-minded club grooves that come from France, Italy, Spain and Germany. By being multilingual, Euro Groove paints a [...]

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Radiohead: The Best of

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