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Monthly Archive for December, 2008

Check Our Catalog “This set is every bit as necessary as the solo albums by the singers, and perhaps even more than the studio effort. It is not only a historical document; it is a living, breathing piece of work that guarantees the transference of emotion from tape to listener, and cements the Buena Vista [...]

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Check Our Catalog “An ideal introduction to Springsteen’s music, capturing all sides of his musical output while being a hell of a good listen.”—All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “After nearly a decade together — and at the height of the trio’s popularity — Peter, Paul, and Mary agreed to go their separate ways in 1970. Before reuniting in 1978, Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers each recorded several solo albums that took them in new and sometimes unexpected [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Blake Shelton is the perfect contemporary country artist. His rich baritone voice allows him to bounce between traditional-sounding honky tonk material, big romantic power ballads, and pure country corn with relative ease, and his singles are usually a welcome thing when they come on the radio.”—All Music Guide

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Tokio Hotel: Scream

Check Our Catalog “Germany’s Tokio Hotel may have lost a bit of the innocent tone that endeared them to their early fans, but it has been replaced with a stronger, more assured sound that is just as appealing.”—All Music Guide

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Ashanti: The Declaration

Check Our Catalog “The incomparable Ashanti is back with “The Declaration”!!This multiple Grammy winner and R&B superstar has delivered some of her most powerful and passionate songs yet. “The Declaration” features the smash hit “The Way That I Love”, which showcases the power of Ashanti’s soulful voice as she tells the heart wrenching story of [...]

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Jazmine Sullivan: Fearless

Check Our Catalog “Sullivan’s vocal perfection pilots her debut album, Fearless, and boasts her self-penned lyrics which are filled with struggle and heartache, embodying every inch of the soul star she is.”—Vibe

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Nas: Hip Hop is Dead

Check Our Catalog “Throughout his storied career, which began with 1994′s classic Illmatic and has spanned the last decade with over 12 million albums sold, Nas has been more than just the genre’s foremost lyricist and thinker. He has become a statesman, some would argue hip-hop’s “conscience.” Now, with the release of his long-awaited Def [...]

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The Roy Hargrove Quintet: Earfood

Check Our Catalog “There are no missteps on this program, no filler tunes, the trumpeter simply playing as precisely — if not better — than he ever has, and a band who fully understands how to make his music come alive. This comes with the highest of recommendations, a zenith watermark for Hargrove, and has [...]

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Irma Thomas: Simply Grand

Check Our Catalog “True to its punny title, Simply Grand features Thomas in the company of 13 piano players laying down accompaniment on the acoustic grand. The tunes are old and new, borrowed and blue, but Thomas makes them all her own. The most powerful tracks here showcase Thomas and a solo pianist, bringing the [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Upon first listen Little Honey is quite jarring for all of its textural and production shifts and dodges, but in time it settles into the listener as a mixed collection of decent songs that pack some punch, but no jaw-dropping wallops. The faithful will no doubt enjoy this set”—All Music Guide

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The Verve: Forth

Check Our Catalog “Ashcroft and his bandmates continue the mission they abandoned on 1997’s Urban Hymns, wedding classic-rock swagger to dream-pop swoon in ten instantly recognizable tracks…. Are the Verve back? Maybe. Definitely.”—Spin Magazine

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Kardinal Offishall: Not 4 Sale

Check Our Catalog “With over a decade of work behind him, things finally fall into place for Kardinal Offishall on Not 4 Sale, an entirely solid album that sounds like the Black Eyed Peas gone grimey or Wyclef Jean getting down and dirty, all with a Ludacris-styled delivery and attitude.”—All Music Guide

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Andrea Bocelli: Incanto

Check Our Catalog “Incanto coincides with the singer’s 50th birthday, serving as a personal tribute to the musical traditions of his homeland. The recording features 14 gems from the treasure chest of classic Italian love songs. Each brims with the sparkling orchestrations and warmth that have become the signature Bocelli sound.”—Barnes & Noble

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Darius Rucker: Learn to Live

Check Our Catalog “Learn to Live, his second solo album, is impressively eclectic and sharply written. It’s one of the year’s most vibrant country albums.”—The New York Times

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Check Our Catalog “Twenty years after her self-titled debut, Tracy Chapman remains true to her musical calling: soul-rich folk melodies around a voice of honesty and nuance that nails ambivalence like no other.”—Billboard

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Seal: Soul

Check Our Catalog “A great voice singing great songs recorded by a great producer. That is ‘Soul’, the sixth studio album from multiplatinum selling, Grammy-winning, critically acclaimed Seal. Each song is a stone-cold soul classic”—Amazon.com

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Amie Miriello: I Came Around

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Check Our Catalog “Morissette is at her best on simple piano ballads like “Not As We” — a weeper about starting over on your own — and the emotionally raw “Torch,” where she admits, “I miss . . . the thought of us bringing up our kids.”—Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog Celebrated as the musical poet of the English landscape, Vaughan Williams was also a visionary composer of enormous range: from the pastoral lyricism of The Lark Ascending and the still melancholy of Silent Noon to the chilly grandeur of the Sinfonia Antartica and the noisy ceremonial of All people that on earth [...]

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