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Category Archive for 'Rock/Pop'

Young the Giant: Home of the Strange

“There is a wide range of ideas at work on Home of the Strange, which makes for a satisfying, engaging listen.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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James Blake: The Colour in Anything

“Compared to the self-titled debut and Overgrown, this a more graceful and denser purging, one that can soundtrack some intense wallowing or, at a low volume, throb and murmur unobtrusively in the background.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Britney Spears: Glory

“… it feels as fun and frivolous as her earliest music while retaining the freshness of her best mature work.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Mini-Mekons: Jura

“Jura feels more like a playful experiment than a major statement, but the talent and vision of these artists makes this a surprisingly powerful and impressive work, and is a testament to the fact both the Mekons and Robbie Fulks need to record more often.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Denial

“…Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial, Will Toledo has created something like a novel after previously offering us short stories, and it’s a piece of rough-hewn brilliance.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Lori McKenna: The Bird & the Rifle

“It’s another extremely strong effort for McKenna, whose growing catalog is already known for its quality.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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The Avett Brothers: True Sadness

“…there’s a buoyancy to the music’s spirit, a lightness that’s evident even in the burnished bluegrass ballads, tunes where the harmonies and plucked strings combine into a sense of sweetness.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Getaway

“While none of the songs on The Getaway play out as literal stories of Kiedis’ relationship, there is an underlying sense of heartbreak at the core of many of his lyrics.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“…the rhythms aren’t blues-boogie, they’re nimble funk-rock colored by a psychedelic sensibility that isn’t about chops but rather endless expansion.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“Produced by John Fields (The Beautiful Letdown, Nothing Is Sound, Oh! Gravity.) Where the Light Shines Through is a warm, robust album.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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The Low Anthem: Eyeland

“Coming in at just under 45 minutes, Eyeland is awash in ambient sound effects, from chirping birds to churning, synth-fueled vistas, which results in its most stripped-down moments…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Sam Bush: Storyman

“The sequencing and care Bush put into cutting Storyman is obvious. Despite the long recording process, it feels holistic, immediate. Each song offers surprise. This album doesn’t merely reflect the joy of music-making, it doles it out.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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We Are Scientists-Helter Seltzer

“While you can certainly pick out some of the influences — a Billy Idol drumbeat here, a Smashing Pumpkins-esque guitar sound there — they are are used in unexpected ways on songs that would sound as good and as catchy if Murray and Cain simply played them on acoustic guitars.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen […]

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Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Pronto Monto

“For the most part, Pronto Monto holds up quite well within the McGarrigles’ catalog and its return from the abyss of Warner’s vaults is a welcome event.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Band of Horses: Why Are You OK?

“Lyrically, themes of encroaching middle age and the contentment of family life provide much of the album’s emotional arc, and while it would be easy to accuse Bridwell of descending into the musical comfort zone that often gets unfairly labeled as ‘dad rock,’ he’s writing from an honest place about the life he’s living.” -Allmusic.com […]

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“Though performed in the studio rather than on-stage, much of Rehab Reunion has the same loose candor of a live album, even if it focuses on a very specific version of the Noisemakers.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“While case/lang/veirs doesn’t approach the greatness these women have managed on their own albums, it does offer more than a few beautiful moments they could not have achieved on their own.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Various Artists: Day of the Dead

“…it is a tribute to the Grateful Dead as sonic adventurers, pioneering new avenues into space and beyond.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Deerhoof: The Magic

“Given the youthful wonder and spontaneity that drive their music — no matter how sophisticated their ideas and playing are — it’s an inspired concept.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Keith Sweat: Dress to Impress

“With its stream-fishing quantity of songs notwithstanding — 16 cuts, well over an hour in duration — Dress to Impress fulfills its intent.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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