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Gary Clark Jr.: The Bright Lights EP

“Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr. mixes up blues, jazz, soul, and rock as well as any player on the scene… Clark is the real deal.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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The Righteous Brothers: Icon

“The Righteous Brothers will always be remembered for the masterful “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” from 1964. The desperation that builds in Bill Medley’s lead vocal (and is echoed by Bobby Hatfield’s impassioned call-and-response interjections) comes from a man who truly understands what has been lost and is facing the darkest night of his very [...]

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Mavis Staples: You Are Not Alone

“It’s gospel. It’s blues. It’s about love and redemption, and how each needs the other.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Jill Scott: The Light of the Sun

“With its earnest introspection and earthy 
 textures — not to mention guest spots by Eve and Anthony Hamilton — The Light of the Sun has a distinctly early-aughties vibe, recalling an era when tempos were slower and voices less Auto-Tuney.” –Entertainment Weekly Check Our Catalog

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““Q: Soul Bossa Nostra” collects newly recorded versions of songs associated with Jones in one way or another…None of it’s unpleasant to hear, particularly when someone as dependably charismatic as Snoop Dogg shows up, as the rapper does in a typically laidback take on “Get the Funk Out of My Face.” And Jones hasn’t lost [...]

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Charles Bradley: No Time for Dreaming

“On first spin, most listeners won’t be able to tell that gutsy soul singer Charles Bradley’s Daptone debut wasn’t recorded in the late ’60s and dusted off for release in early 2011. The music and performances are vibrant and alive with arrangements that are innovative yet informed by their roots. Retro-soul aficionados who claim they [...]

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John Legend & The Roots: Wake Up!

“Bustling through funk, Philly soul and gospel, taking on songs famous (Marvin Gaye’s “Wholy Holy”) and obscure (Mike James Kirkland’s “Hang on in There”), Legend and the Roots capture the old feeling of protest and uplift while updating the sound. They’re not imitators — they’re heirs.” –Rolling Stone Check Our Catalog

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Corinne Bailey Rae: The Love EP

“A winningly seductive neo-soul take on Bob Marley’s “Is This Love,” released as a single last year. A sparse, lilting reading of Paul McCartney’s “My Love.” And a wild card, “Low Red Moon,” by the 1990s alternative-rock band Belly. The song’s reverberant creep does something right for Ms. Rae’s light, curling voice, which has rarely [...]

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Nneka: Concrete Jungle

“A dense yet buoyant mixture of hip-hop beats, reggae grooves, African-pop riffs and future-soul vocals.” –Billboard Check Our Catalog

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Check Our Catalog “The soundtrack to Tyler Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 Tony-nominated play consists of new and previously unreleased material…The disc should be considered another valued outgrowth of Shange’s work: a deeply resonating cultural touchstone.” –All Music Guide

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Ne-Yo: Libra Scale

Check Our Catalog “Ne-Yo has crafted an epic full of party songs, beatific ballads and throbbing spy-movie club music. It’s lavish disco; the songs are cinematic in scope but have the unshakable hooks of great pop.” –Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog “How can you not love Cee Lo? He’s a virtuoso rapper who has one of pop’s most unique singing voices. He’s a self-proclaimed lady-killer who’s roughly as tall as a mini-refrigerator and as broad as a Hummer. He wears pink suits. He put a song called “F*** You” in the Top 20. [...]

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The Budos Band: The Budos Band III

Check Our Catalog “Elements of psychedelic, Middle Eastern, and even Latin sounds have entered their mix, without sacrificing their dance party cachet.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Local boy Eli “Paperboy” Reed isn’t so local anymore. Now based in Brooklyn instead of Brookline, Reed has been touring Europe for several months, satisfying that continent’s thirst for authentic American soul and R&B. And when it comes to lyrical soul vérité and scorching vocal performances that conjure greats from Sam Cooke [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Not interested in playing merely roadhouse blues, Earl has, since the 1990s, built a steady stream of diverse, ambitious recordings marked by consistency and growth. This one is no exception. Spread the Love is easily among Earl’s most satisfying and groundbreaking recordings.” –All Music Guide

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Macy Gray: The Sellout

Check Our Catalog “It takes a healthy sense of humor to name an album “The Sellout’’ a decade into your career, long after the hits have dried up. Macy Gray, the saucy singer who gave us “I Try,’’ doesn’t undermine her integrity on her latest — the sellout in question is in service to love.” [...]

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Raul Midon: Synthesis

Check Our Catalog “Midon has a nostalgic, classically mellow heart as he pines “Infinity takes no time at all these days.” Soul-meets-folk-meets-pop-with-a-touch-of-blues.” –All Music Guide

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Troy Andrews: Backatown

Check Our Catalog “Shorty calls his music “supafunkrock,” and it’s an accurate term for the aural gumbo on this fingerpopping, butt-shakin’ mix set. It crackles and burns with an unburdened, unfettered, passionate live feel. Backatown is everything popular American music should be; yet it’s also what sets Andrews and Orleans Avenue, and New Orleans music [...]

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Check Our Catalog “LaVette turns in Southern-soul renditions of tunes by such UK institutions as Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. Yet if the title is straightforward, the music often isn’t, with LaVette teasing out new emotional details from songs that seemed to have given up all their secrets decades ago.” –The Boston Phoenix

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Check Our Catalog “Return of the Ankh is a relief in that Badu does not attempt to trump herself with a set that is even more intense and powerful than its predecessor…designed for instant kicked-back enjoyment.” –All Music Guide

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