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Monthly Archive for November, 2008

Jackson Browne: Time the Conquerer

Check Our Catalog Browne’s first studio release in six years. Recorded with his longtime band Kevin McCormick, Mark Goldenberg, Mauricio “Fritz” Lewak, and Jeff Young, along with two additional members, Chavonne Morris and Alethea Mills.

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B.B. King: One Kind Favor

Check Our Catalog “It’s been so long since B.B. King stepped outside of his comfort zone that One Kind Favor comes as a bit of a shock. Unlike so many albums he’s cut in the wake of the crossover success of The Thrill Is Gone way back in 1970, the sound is stripped-back, not splashy, [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Astutely comprised of new tracks, revitalized old ones, and ageless classics, it’s the most dynamic greatest-hits collection of all.”—Barnes & Noble

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Jewel: Perfectly Clear

Check Our Catalog “Jewel’s new country disc definitely looks backward rather than forward for its inspiration, with a pronounced acoustic background and the piercing, declarative sound of fiddles, steel and dobros rather than electric guitars forming the musical settings. The voice is clear and steady, and while she won’t remind anyone of Loretta Lynn or [...]

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Eric Benet: Love & Life

Check Our Catalog “Rebounding from the mess of his divorce from Halle Berry — and the ensuing Hurricane of an album — Eric Benet returns to what he does best on Love & Life: making music for love-making. Slow and sultry and steeped in Stevie, Marvin, Luther, and especially Quincy Jones-produced Michael Jackson and Prince’s [...]

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Check Our Catalog “…it’s hard to imagine listening to it from beginning to end, but cherry-picking the best moments makes for a pleasurable experience”—All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “A strong if characteristic collection of rugged country folk-rock. It all sounds great; full when it needs to be but sparse enough to shake off any concerns previous fans of Carll’s indie releases might have about a major-label sellout.”—All Music Guide

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Colby O’Donis: Colby O

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Check Our Catalog “Come Darkness, Come Light is a brave and beautiful collection of songs that dares to run counter to what most folks expect from a Christmas album, and it asks some questions worth pondering about the meaning behind the annual celebration while mirroring the simple joys of a snowy night.”—All Music Guide

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Faith Hill: Joy to the World

Check Our Catalog “Faith Hill’s holiday album Joy to the World is a proudly old-fashioned record… anybody looking for a new old-fashioned Christmas album, this suits the bill just fine.”—All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “It’s hard to see any real pattern in Cyndi Lauper’s recording career, as she bounces from style to style, sometimes with her eye on the charts but more often following her own muse. Lauper indulges in her first full-on dance album ever here… borrowing from early-’80s new wave and sleek early-’90s club [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Saying that Charlie Haden’s Rambling Boy is a personal album is an understatement. In essence, this album is a tribute to his mother and father whose own vocal group — made up of Haden and his siblings — performed on radio programs in both Shenandoah, IA and Springfield, MO, where they hosted [...]

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Ne-Yo: Year of the Gentleman

Check Our Catalog “The title for Ne-Yo’s third CD was inspired by the entertainment era when style mavens like Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra ruled.”—Barnes & Noble “Unlike the callous studs of hip-hop, Ne-Yo makes himself sympathetic and vulnerable, and more so than ever on Year of the Gentleman.”—New York Times

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Al Green: Lay it Down

Check Our Catalog “The big question that greets listeners encountering Al Green’s third Blue Note album, Lay It Down, is: what happens when you put that amazing soul-drenched voice in the hands of hip-hop producers Ahmir Thompson of the Roots and James Poyser, and add a slew of superstar guests? Answer: a killer Al Green [...]

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Check Our Catalog A treasure-trove of 13 songs, Tell Tale Signs features previously unreleased recordings and alternate versions of tracks from sessions which generated some of Bob Dylan’s most acclaimed and commercially successful albums from the last two decades, including Time Out Of Mind, Modern Times and Oh Mercy. “In all, even in some of [...]

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Jamey Johnson: That Lonesome Song

Check Our Catalog “The raw emotion and barely controlled heartache that Johnson brings to his singing and songwriting on the album aren’t exactly in style in 2008′s country market, but lovers of old-fashioned hardcore country and honky tonk music will be stunned by its emotional depth and strong melodies. Most modern country singers flounder when [...]

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Crystal Shawanda: Dawn of a New Day

Check Our Catalog “Crystal Shawanda grew up on the Wikwemikong reservation on Canada’s Manitoulin Island where she and her family found daily comfort and hope through music. In Ojibwe, Shawanda means “Dawn of a New Day,” and a new day is what music has given Crystal. Crystal’s debut release, Dawn of a New Day, which [...]

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David Sanborn: Here & Gone

Check Our Catalog “As far as musical autobiographies go, these nine tracks tell tales every Sanborn, blues, and soul fan will be regaled by for hours.”—All Music Guide “A landmark album.”—Denver Post

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Lalah Hathaway: Self Portrait

Check Our Catalog Critically acclaimed vocalist and song stylist Lalah Hathaway continues the musical legacy with her Stax Records debut, a contemporary urban soul collection that takes you on a journey through joy and sadness and everything in between. “In total control of her voice at all times, she has never been prone to showing [...]

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Check Our Catalog “This is a peppy album, rich with thumping horns, crisp percussion and light piano melodies. As homage, it’s impressive.”—New York Times

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