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“‘Writing and completing this album was one of the most difficult and rewarding things I’ve ever done,’ main man Daniel Graves comments. ‘I set out to demolish every expectation people have about Aesthetic Perfection, and I think I succeeded. People may say the anger is gone, but it’s not, it’s just bubbling underneath the surface.’” [...]

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“Boban Marković is the finest trumpeter in the Balkans, while his son, Marko, is another impressive brass player who has edged this celebrated Serbian Gypsy band away from traditional influences to a more contemporary style.” –The Guardian Check Our Catalog

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“Almost without fail… reviews pitched Run the Jewels as a more worthwhile and rewarding alternative to Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne, with the latter’s succession of big-name producers and expensive studios replaced by one dedicated, groundbreaking auteur, and its endless references to its creators’ wealth traded for an anti-materialism more in keeping with [...]

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“Ten albums and 18 years on from their first show, the Drive-By Truckers are still capable of mixing things up and showing off new sides of their skill set, and that’s certainly the case with English Oceans, which shows them making wise use of all their talents.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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“[A]s a band, Elbow reflect this comfortable reckoning with their own nature, letting sadness creep at the edges but favoring a warm, enveloping melancholy that turns the album into a soundtrack for healing, not wallowing.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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Kylie Minogue: Kiss Me Once

“The ageless and brilliant Kylie Minogue is an unstoppable force on the pop music scene. Long after her contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, become irrelevant, released the same boring records over and over, or embarrassed themselves in various ways, she continues to crank out inspired albums that show absolutely no dip in quality whatsoever….Kiss [...]

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Shakira: Shakira

“Shakira is the rare pop star who can pull an album together through sheer force of personality. Whatever the setting, she not only sounds comfortable, she sounds powerful, and that goes a long way toward making Shakira a nice state-of-the-art pop album for America and the rest of the world.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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Noah Gunderson: Ledges

“Born into a musical but very religious family, Noah Gundersen didn’t hear many secular songs as a child, perhaps explaining the subtle and hushed gospel intensity and sincerity he brings to his songs….This is a low-key, autumnal-sounding album that impresses with its unhurried pace and thoughtful, muted sincerity. The songs sound sad but each carries [...]

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Foster the People: Supermodel

“Supermodel is full of infectious, dance-oriented music that touches upon ’80s-influenced dance-rock… soulful psychedelia… and melodic acoustic rock… in equal measure….[I]f Torches scratched the surface of twenty-something angst, then Supermodel takes that exploration a few steps deeper, revealing a more introspective, enigmatic, world-weary tone.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“With their earnest, melodic piano-pop and youthful spirit, comparisons to early Ben Folds Five are inevitable, but where Folds tempered his wistfulness with a wry and often mischievous sense of humor, Axel and Vaccarino generally reach for the stars, fueled largely by hope and positivity….A Great Big World will deliver you to a pretty happy [...]

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Sam Roberts Band: Lo-Fantasy

“Sam Roberts Band’s fifth studio album, 2014′s Lo-Fantasy, is a melodic, psych-inflected album that showcases Roberts’ knack for mixing gigantic, propulsive rock melodies and dance-oriented hooks….[A] warm, brightly hopeful album.” –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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Pharrell Williams: G I R L

“Compared to his albums with N.E.R.D. and In My Mind, this is easily Pharrell’s second most enjoyable album, just behind the original version of In Search Of… from 2001. It’s fun, frivolous, and low on excess.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Lo-Fang: Blue Film

“Blue Film, Matthew Hemerlein’s intense, intimate debut album as Lo-Fang, was inspired by a mixtape, and the free-flowing blend of sounds on these songs retains some of that feel. Encompassing R&B, synth pop, orchestral, and folk music — sometimes within the same song — Hemerlein loves and excels at striking juxtapositions…. [A]n often unforgettable introduction.” [...]

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Qwel & Maker: Beautiful Raw

“Qwel has become a surprisingly mature, thoughtful storyteller with a deep understanding of song structure….For now, he’ll have to just enjoy his status as Your Favorite Underground Rapper’s Favorite Rapper. If nothing else, someday, I think, there will be a movie about this guy – call it The Greatest Emcee No One Listened To.” –Ze [...]

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Nicole Atkins: Slow Phaser

“Atkins has come a long way since her debut and without the distractions of a major label or a major break-up, she seems to be in the driver’s seat and completely in control of her destiny, delivering her most artistic and confident album to date.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Los Lonely Boys: Revelation

“The Texan trio has never been constrained by genre, but here they let their imagination wild, dabbling in every sound or style that’s ever tickled their fancy….[I]ts freshness proves that ten years after their 2004 breakthrough, the band is as lively as ever and, in some sly subtle ways, better than ever too.” –All Music [...]

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Neneh Cherry: Blank Project

“Compared to Neneh Cherry’s three proper solo albums, the last of which was released in 1996, Blank Project is from another dimension….From front to back, Blank Project is riveting uneasy listening.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Mike Gent: The Rapid Shave

“For his fourth solo release, the Figgs mainstay calls what he’s doing ‘soft roll,’ and his descriptor seems a fitting one….As ever, Gent is covering a lot of ground here, and as ever, his music has an inexorable, seemingly effortless groove.” –The Boston Globe Check Our Catalog

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“[I]t’s elastic guitar rock constructed partially out of cannabis guitar jams and partially out of punk rock squalls, both sides distinguished by wry melodicism and dexterous wordplay….[I]t feels looser than most of the Jicks records; the compositions are tight but the attitude is ragged, which winds up being more infectious and fun than albums where [...]

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