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Monthly Archive for September, 2008

Patty Loveless: Sleepless Nights

As always, Patty Loveless connects with listeners, singing about their joys and sorrows. Sleepless Nights is her newly recorded homage to the classic country hits of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. (Amazon)

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Jonas Brothers: A Little Bit Longer

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Jason Mraz’s first set of all-new material in nearly three years, WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS. sees Mraz continuing to tread his own distinctive artistic path, melding a variegated musical tapestry with passionate, personal lyricism.

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Coldplay: Viva la Vida

Viva La Vida definitely makes some departures from the band’s usual formula, which happens to be one of the most commercially successful rock-pop blueprints of recent years. The old Coldplay still shine through (see tracks like “Violet Hill” and the title song) but even their classic sound feels more muscular and confident. The band’s new [...]

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Eva Cassidy: Somewhere

Ten years after the release of SONGBIRD (now Platinum), twelve years after her passing, a new Eva album of all new songs.

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Joan Baez: Day After Tomorrow

2008 marks Joan Baex 50th anniversary as a recording artist. The album was produced by the legendary Steve Earle. Joan gives her distinct interpretations to songs from Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin and more. Razor and Tie.

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Natalie Cole: Still Unforgettable

A timeless collection of popular tracks from the great American songbook, transformed to life with Natalie’s beautiful vocal and iridescent flair.

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Randy Travis: Around the Bend

Randy Travis has recorded the perfect country album…again for 2008. This is the first genuinely Country album since 1999 from superstar Randy Travis. For the man who led the New Country Traditionalist movement, his album, Around The Bend, is the continuation of an enormously popular career. North Carolina-born Randy Travis changed the face of Country [...]

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Los Lonely Boys: Forgiven

The third album from Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum artist Los Lonely Boys, a rock band from San Angelo, Texas. They play a style of music which they dub as Texican Rock n’ Roll, combining elements of Rock’N’Roll, Blues, Soul, Country, and Tejano.

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Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Ani Difranco and Terence Blanchard join Dr. John and the Lower 911 in this musical paean to Dr. John’s beloved New Orleans. This powerful new recording features stirring and thought-provoking songs about the post-Katrina crises in the ravaged jewel of the American South, including “City That Care Forgot,” “Time for a [...]

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Willard Grant Conspiracy: Let it Roll

This 2007 release contains 10 songs, including ‘Crush’, ‘Dance With Me’, ‘Lady Of The Snowline’, ‘Skeleton’, the title track and more. “Bandleader Robert Fisher doesn’t just write about the corners of the soul where death, revenge, transcendence, and spiritual crisis confuse human will. On the Willard Grant Conspiracy’s brilliant sixth album, Fisher conjures them in [...]

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Mamma Mia!

The movie soundtrack, featuring the songs of ABBA.

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Le Vie en Rose: La Mome

The first 11 tracks on this CD are by Edith Piaf herself, and give a good overview of her biggest hits (though we get the English version of the title track) and her feverish, ultra-dramatic style. Tracks 12-20 are made up of Christopher Gunning’s richly symphonic original score (check out “La Mort de Leplée”). The [...]

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Gavin DeGraw: Gavin DeGraw

The second studio album by an up-and-coming singer-songwriter. “[DeGraw] quickly reminds us why we fell for him”–People Magazine “Genuine soul and understated star power”–Joan Anderman/The Boston Globe

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3 Doors Down: 3 Doors Down

The fourth studio album for this platinum-selling rock band from Mississippi.

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Miley Cyrus: Breakout

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“Two Men with the Blues is no more a jazz album than a blues album. It’s neither jazz returning home, nor blues wandering out. What Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis have created is a compilation of jump-blues standards with arrangements that compliment both genres. Both Nelson and Marsalis are notorious for collaborating with other artists. [...]

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N.E.R.D.: Seeing Sounds

“The album is a blistering mash-up of booming hip-hop beats and rollercoastering rock riffs, rumbling crunk rhythms and scintillating soul music”–Amazon.com

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“Diamonds in the Dark shines as brightly as the gem it s named after, and proves that Borges impressive 2005 debut was no fluke.” –Harp Magazine “Honky-tonk and rockabilly have been ready for a mainstream makeover for decades. Borges entrancing looks, lyrical wit and rock attitude accomplish the task with panache.” –Paste Magazine

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Major Stars: Mirror/Messenger

“From their Massachusettes aerie, Major Stars have rocked the world six albums over during the past decade. On this, their sixth album, the signature guitar union of Wayne Rogers and Kate Village is further emboldened by Tom Leonard, whose prior tenure as Major Stars bassist ensures that he knows of what Major Stars rock. Sandra [...]

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