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Category Archive for 'Vocal Pop'

“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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“The soundtrack to Christina Aguilera’s silver screen debut Burlesque shines the spotlight on Xtina, who is in full-bore diva mode — a return to the splashy swing of Back to Basics.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Adam Lambert: Glam Nation Live

Check Our Catalog “If there’s any newish pop act worthy of a live release, it’s American Idol runner-up Lambert, whose vocal acrobatics make this a terrific complement to his 2009 solo debut. Because he incubated before us in a perform-or-die setting, Lambert’s ability to work a crowd is audible.” –Entertainment Weekly

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Neil Diamond: Dreams

Check Our Catalog “His liner notes claim these songs as some of his favorites from the “rock era”…As a vocalist, Diamond’s dramatic — rather than involved — authority is his trademark; he imposes it on almost every track. It works well here: the reading of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” is excellent for this reason, [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The Puppini Sisters (who aren’t really named Puppini and aren’t really sisters) take on the Christmas season with their third album, an eclectic collection touching on their neo-swing tendencies. This is a British trio who may take after the Andrews Sisters overtly, but who, on the evidence of this disc, are at [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Mike Posner is at the head of a new genre: frat-house R&B.” –Rolling Stone

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Faith Evans: Something About Faith

Check Our Catalog “Evans was an active session singer and songwriter before signing her own solo deal and marrying Biggie, and while she never matched the level of his stardom, she continued to come into her own as a vocalist in the years after his untimely death. Each one of her first four studio albums [...]

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Usher: Raymond v Raymond

Check Our Catalog “Here’s a battle, the title suggests, between the faithful husband of the last few years and the wily lothario of yore…the album isn’t coy about which Raymond comes out on top.”–Los Angeles Times

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Madonna: Sticky & Sweet Tour

Check Our Catalog “Culled from her most recent tour, this album does include plenty of new tracks from Hard Candy (including “Beat Goes On,” featuring a guest shot from Kanye West). But she also includes plenty of classics and fan favorites, reminding us that, among all the many identities she tries on, Madonna is also [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Ruthlessly effective radio-friendly songs…Williams belongs to a grand, possibly dying, British tradition of flawed, wonky pop stars, people whose appeal rests at least partially on the fact that they appear to have ended up at the top of the charts almost despite themselves.”–The Guardian

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Check Our Catalog Join vocalist Lisa Yves with pianist Richard Rancatore and friends for a live concert of jazz standards from the 1930s. Songs include “On the Sunny Side of the Street”, “Anything Goes”, “A Fine Romance/Nice Work If You Can Get It”, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”, and [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Revealed through interviews in 2005, Sasha was said to be Beyoncé’s “stage persona,” an embodiment of the outgoing, aggressive, on-stage Beyoncé that doesn’t necessarily represent the real Beyoncé…and is granted half an album to express herself.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “The muscular, instantly recognizable growl that carried her to a fourth-place finish on American Idol’s eighth season is all she needs to seamlessly wed a collection of first-rate ditties. Girl. Can. Sang!”–Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “Rivera is an expressive singer with a limited range who shows her age here and there, but she puts across the songs well, especially those that have more rhythm. She is really at home when the rhythm turns Latin.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “The pairing of Afro-Majorcan vocalist Concha Buika and Afro-Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés has apparently been a long time coming. But they are here together on this lovely recording, featuring songs from a wide variety of composers, in a handful of duets, or with the Valdés’ band backing them…Clearly a chemistry exists here, [...]

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Check Our Catalog Joshua Bell, the Grammy-winning violinist, fulfills a life-long dream of recording a CD of instrumental and vocal duets with a colorful roster of musicians, including Josh Groban, Sting, Kristin Chenoweth, Regina Spektor, and Chris Botti, among others.

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Susan Boyle: I Dreamed a Dream

Check Our Catalog “Boyle sings beautifully throughout, delivering more of the same of what she did in her moment in the sun on television. Those won over by Boyle, either her voice or story, will surely be satisfied.”–All Music Guide

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Linda Eder: Soundtrack

Check Our Catalog “Soundtrack finds Linda Eder musically “going to the movies” with a carefully selected set of songs from films that span five decades. The originals may be familiar and beloved, but Eder and her band reworked them, rendering the songs in an intimate, fireside style.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Not all Glee members are created equal–Cory Monteith (the show’s hunky football captain) and Dianna Agron (the alternately caustic and vulnerable head cheerleader) can’t sing nearly as well as their co-stars–but this soundtrack has enough star power to keep things trucking along, especially when powerhouse alto Lea Michele takes the wheel.”–All Music [...]

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Check Our Catalog “When the Glee kids nail something — like a version of Van Halen’s ”Jump” that made my cheeks sore from smiling — the title of this joyful franchise could not be more apt.”–Entertainment Weekly

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