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Monthly Archive for December, 2008

Pussycat Dolls: Doll Domination

Check Our Catalog “In the best songs, the Dolls cast themselves as this era’s answer to Destiny’s Child: an R&B girl group out to wage war on male privilege.”—New York Daily News

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Check Our Catalog “A dark, strangely compelling record that trades the group’s bright melancholy for something nearer to despair.”—Rolling Stone

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Katy Perry: One of the Boys

Check Our Catalog “A witty, pop-rock gem that showcases Katy’s sharp, candid lyrics, big voice, and feisty, girl-power swagger, as well as her appealing vulnerability, One of the Boys is the full-length follow-up to her debut digital EP, Ur So Gay, which has already earned the 23-year-old Santa Barbara, CA, native a legion of devoted [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Smartly (since the film is, for all its supernatural trappings, essentially a love story) Patsavas’s soundtrack provides plenty of fist-pumping moments but far more that are just plain swoony.”—Entertainment Weekly

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Sarah Brightman: A Winter Symphony

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David Cook: David Cook

Check Our Catalog “As the lone rocker winner of “Idol” to date, Cook stands apart from cookie-cutter pop.”—Billboard

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Dido: Safe Trip Home

Check Our Catalog “Dido’s songs here gently hook their way into the subconscious on. There are melancholic edges, but it’s not haunting, it’s comforting, reassuring music that’s quietly powerful, music that Dido hinted at before but never quite made.”—All Music Guide

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Nickelback: Dark Horse

Check Our Catalog “On Dark Horse, “Mutt” Lange lightens Nickelback’s dreary post-grunge plod, applying guitar shimmer to prom ballads and detonating big beats under frat-party shouts and raplike vocal parts.”—Rolling Stone

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Kenny Chesney: Lucky Old Sun

Check Our Catalog “Instead of his usual steady-chugging country-rock, the music is quiet acoustic guitar picking. “Lucky Old Sun” is as close as Mr. Chesney has gotten to an unplugged album….Through the album, Mr. Chesney steers the songs toward half-smiles or at least a certain resigned acceptance, but he still sounds less complacent than ever.”—New [...]

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My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges

Check Our Catalog “Evil Urges cements My Morning Jacket’s transformation from grizzled, reverb-drenched classic rockers to experimental, genre-bending innovators.”—All Music Guide

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Tina Turner: Tina!

Check Our Catalog “Tina! covers a lot of ground and gives a pretty good indication of Turner’s far-reaching talents and long-ranging career, but it’s also a bit of a mess, jumping between eras, overlooking some big hits, and substituting live versions when the studio is superior. So don’t think of Tina! as a definitive comp, [...]

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Enya: And Winter Came

Check Our Catalog “And Winter Came is an undeniably welcome addition to the holiday season, if only for its effortless, white, spray-painted pinecone elegance and potpourri-scented, gift shop comforts.”—All Music Guide

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Sheryl Crow: Detours

Check Our Catalog “Her liveliest, weirdest album since 1996′s messy masterpiece Sheryl Crow…Crow hasn’t been this free or fine since Sheryl Crow, but there is an emotional directness on Detours that makes this a progression, not a retreat, and with any luck, this album isn’t a one-time journey down a side road but rather the [...]

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Check Our Catalog “It’s merely a collection of 12 songs, all bashed out in a matter of weeks, not an album that’s been labored over for months…here he’s not trying to prove anything; he’s just making music, and that’s why it’s one of his most enjoyable latter-day records.”—All Music Guide

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Bee Gees: Greatest

Check Our Catalog “The original double-LP version of this compilation was one of the most generous in the Bee Gees’ catalog, assembling 20 of their biggest disco-era hits and most important album tracks in one place, all while the disco boom was still alive in a lot of places. The expanded Reprise double-CD edition of [...]

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Buddy Guy: Skin Deep

Check Our Catalog “Touted as his first album of original material, Skin Deep does work as an effective showcase for Buddy’s most original voice: his wild, gnarly guitar. The production may be crisp and clean but Buddy refuses to play polite, messing up the pristine surfaces with big, nasty, ugly smears of guitar…Elsewhere, the music [...]

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Glen Campbell: Meet Glen Campbell

Check Our Catalog “Meet Glen Campbell is filled with small wonders, including how the Velvet Underground’s “Jesus” is given a delicate acoustic treatment and how the Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These” bears an arrangement that consciously echoes “Galveston” and is all the better for it. This reverence for Campbell’s greatest work is what grounds Meet [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Her fourth solo album released in August 2008 is Didn’t It Feel Kinder. Amy Elizabeth Ray is a singer-songwriter and member of the well-known contemporary folk duo Indigo Girls.”—Amazon.com

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James Taylor: Covers

Check Our Catalog “Covers once again finds the singer/songwriter on familiar, friendly territory, as he returns to his easy rolling full band and digs into the songbook of the rock & roll era…Here, standards are given Taylor’s warm, mellow signature, so Covers winds up feeling a bit like an outdoor concert on a sunny summer [...]

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Jem: Down to Earth

Check Our Catalog “Down to Earth’s title depicts Jem as a grounded musician, but its wide-ranging sound suggests something different, as the singer has yet to find a style that fully suits her capabilities. Fortunately, her search for the perfect genre still yields some enjoyable songs, as shown by this album’s handful of standout tracks.”—All [...]

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