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Category Archive for 'Vocal Pop'

“Crosby had a particular fondness for songs by Johnny Mercer, his friend and frequent collaborator, and he tracked 100 or so of them during his long career. This generous set collects 22 of these recordings on a single disc, including several previously unreleased radio performances, and fun duets with the Andrews Sisters, Louis Armstrong, and [...]

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“This wonderful archival Patti Page release is drawn from recording sessions Page did for Columbia Records between 1963 and 1969, but then never officially released….[I]t amounts to a fair amount of material, and a treasure trove at that. This is indeed a welcome addition to the Page legacy.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Gloria Estefan: The Standards

“The Standards plays it by the book, choosing familiar songs and playing them in familiar ways….[S]he sings them sweetly in a manner suited to the record’s spirit. It’s designed as comfort music, after all, so it should be performed in a comforting way, which it is.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Michael Bublé: To Be Loved

“To Be Loved, is a slick and classy Bob Rock-produced affair that follows up his hit 2011 holiday album, Christmas, and once again showcases the Canadian crooner’s take on swinging pop music…. To Be Loved isn’t just a perfect showcase for Bublé’s voice, it’s also one of his most diverse and enjoyable albums.” –All Music [...]

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“Ranging from 1967 to 2011, Release Me…provide[s] as pretty a picture of Streisand’s talents and interests as the best compilation ever could. All of the varied pop scenes she touched over the years are represented here… although of course, her long and varied career makes her able to do no more than dip a toe [...]

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“[T]wo new recordings, ‘Dance Again’ and ‘Goin’ In,’ tracks that feature Pitbull and Flo Rida, respectively, [are] cuts designed for the dancefloors of 2012. …These hard, cold constructions feel especially steely when paired with the fizzy, glitzy turn-of-the-millennium hits that turned Lopez into a pop star. Not all of her charting singles are here but… [...]

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“On her 19th album, Cassandra Wilson, ever the musical chameleon, changes directions once more. She is arguably the greatest living female jazz singer. Well known for her blues, soul, pop covers, and jazz standards, her smoky alto bends almost everything to its will. Wilson’s phrasing is utterly unique, as original as any horn player’s or [...]

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“Exorcizing the ghost of a failed relationship via the time-honored tradition of the breakup album, Norah Jones luxuriates in beautiful misery on Little Broken Hearts. Liberated by the separation but not quite ready to let it go, Jones achieves a curious subdued tension here, dressing unadorned confessionals in softly stylized studio noir.”–All Music Guide Check [...]

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“The music on Paul McCartney’s first “standards” album, “Kisses on the Bottom,” floats over you like a light mist on a cool spring morning in an English garden as the sun glints through the haze. Mr. McCartney, whose voice is almost as youthful as in the Beatles’ glory days, doesn’t explore lyrical subtext. He trusts [...]

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Between the World Wars, America was on a wild roller coaster ride. After peace was declared in 1918, the country soared to giddy heights in the Roaring ’20s, crashed deep into the Depression, climbed the long hill back to prosperity—and then found itself once again at war. The stresses created a new and altered nation, [...]

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Carrey and McMillan’s vivaciousness, perfect diction and seamless vocals captivated the crowd. Sentimental but not at all schmaltzy…by the end of the show’s final, title song, audience members were wiping tears and clapping madly”–Boston Herald, February 13, 2004 Check Our Catalog

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Kelly Clarkson: Stonger

“The album’s success is entirely due to Kelly Clarkson, whose personality and professionalism turn it into her best album since her Breakaway breakthrough in 2004.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“4 is the work of an artist who can finally afford an occasional curveball, especially one that delivers such a plush blow.” –The Boston Globe   Check Our Catalog

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Neil Diamond: The Bang Years

“Crisp, lively, colorful pop tunes balanced by luxurious moody brooding ballads.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Part of PBS’ long-running Great Performances program, Concerto: One Night in Central Park features legendary Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli’s 2011 free concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn. Check Our Catalog

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“Susan Boyle’s third outing, Someone to Watch Over Me, features a diverse set of hits, including takes on classics like “Both Sides Now” and “Unchained Melody,” as well as more modern material from the likes of Tears for Fears (“Mad World”) and Depeche Mode (“Enjoy the Silence”).”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Femme Fatale finds Brit-Brit ready to dance again à la the underrated Blackout and Britney albums of yore…her polymorphous perversity extends to track after track of more-out-there-than-the-last tunes packed with literal bells and whistles designed to get whole stadiums of weekend sex warriors into a simultaneous tizzy.” –The Boston Phoenix Check Our Catalog

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“The cast continues to grow, with Chord Overstreet (Sam) singing two Justin Bieber tunes and Darren Criss (Blaine) steering the Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” into Euro-dance territory. Gwyneth Paltrow (substitute teacher Hollie Holiday), who helped Glee score a Top 20 hit with Cee Lo’s “Forget You” in late 2010, makes three cameo appearances [...]

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“Heather Morris (Brittany) steps out from behind her ditzy cheerleader façade to perform a pair of Britney Spears songs, and it’s nice to see another member of the supporting cast enjoy a much-deserved turn in the spotlight. The album’s true highlight, though, is an a cappella version of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” performed by Criss [...]

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