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Category Archive for 'Rock/Pop'

Ray Lamontagne: Ouroboros

“Ouroboros is a deliberate work of album rock, something the songwriter concedes in a punchline-like lyric near the end of the closer: ‘Never gonna hear this song on the radio.’” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Violent Femmes: We Can Do Anything

“Even when things get silly on We Can Do Anything, the silliness blows on by, headed toward a bit of revved-up folk or unexpected introspection, and those twists are what makes the album worth hearing.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“The bookends are tracks that aim to be masterworks and fall just one step short, but everything in between is delightful, stunning, or both, making the album’s title less than one-tenth apt, and Macklemore & Lewis both emo under-promisers and Grammy-worthy over-deliverers.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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M. Ward: More Rain

“Within Ward’s canon, More Rain may not work overtime to distinguish itself, but like nearly all of his releases, it’s a companionable listen with a lot of craft hidden under its layers.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“…Spalding — who also co-produced the album alongside legendary producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie) — builds the release largely around angular, electric guitar-rich prog rock, kinetic, rhythmically rich jazz fusion, and lyrically poetic pop.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“As the title implies, it may take the 1975 a while to get to the point on I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, but when they do, the results are revelatory.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Blur: The Magic Whip

“There are hooks, there are songs — songs that sink their hooks in slowly and fully, registering in the subconscious without notice — but it’s Blur claiming their status as an art-pop band, favoring texture and mood over wit and flash.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Anvil: Anvil is Anvil

“Instead of worshipping the past, Anvil updated their vintage sound and made a thrash metal album that’s of its time rather than stubbornly anachronistic.” -ConsequenceofSound.com/Jon Hadusek Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love

“Despite… internal tension, the first and lasting impression of No Cities to Love is one of joy, a joy that emanates from a group who realized the purpose and pleasure of being in a band during their extended absence.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Drowning Pool: Hellelujah

“Considering the genre, the songs on Hellelujah are pleasing and fun, providing pounding, propulsive, no-frills, balls-to-the-wall mosh-pit metal.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“…B’lieve I’m Goin Down… is an impeccably arranged album beneath its soothing, sleepy surface, with every element assisting in an illusion of deep, shimmering, and alluring melancholy.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Shinedown: Threat to Survival

“…Threat to Survival proves that Shinedown still have plenty of gas left in the tank, and while the occasional foray into the shallower end of the mainstream may divide some listeners, there’s enough here to keep longtime followers satiated (and probably a little curious/nervous as to what the future holds) until the next ride.” -Allmusic.com […]

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Shamir: Ratchet

“Ratchet is a fully realized, entertaining portrait of an artist who knows where he’s from and where he’s going.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Grizfolk: Waking Up the Giants

“Led by Florida native Adam Roth and Swedish multi-instrumentalists Fredrick Eriksson and Sebastian Fritze, the California-based band’s aesthetic falls somewhere between Lord Huron’s high-desert expanse and the Killers’ jagged glitz.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Marina and the Diamonds: Froot

“Ultimately, with Froot, Diamandis has crafted an arch, swaggeringly impressive album that balances its pop sweetness with a deep-rooted maturity.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Leona Lewis: I AM

“… I Am appeals on a pure sonic level, eclipsing the often monolithic glare of Spirit and Glassheart, but the songs here, largely co-written by Lewis and Gad with other collaborators, are her strongest compositions…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Peter Frampton: Acoustic Classics

“The sound is first-rate, and it all makes you wonder why Frampton has never done a complete ‘unplugged’ album.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Bonnie Raitt: Dig In Deep

“…Raitt is now in full control of her career, delivering consistently great music as a result.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Newsboys: God’s Not Dead

“…with one track lifted from their previous effort (‘Mighty to Save’) and a string of competent but unremarkable covers, God’s Not Dead suggests Newsboys need their batteries recharged.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Deerhoof: Fever 121614

“…Fever 121614, Live in Japan delivers most of what makes the band so engaging in concert.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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