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Monthly Archive for December, 2008

Check Our Catalog “[some] songs are so good, so effortless, that they end up highlighting how just-OK a lot of the album is. It’s mildly disappointing that the Futureheads’ first independently released music sounds more conventional than what they issued on other labels, but This Is Not the World is still a solidly enjoyable album [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The Old 97′s sound youthful and newly energized, having returned to Dallas and relocated that beloved crossroads between twangy country rock and tight, economic power pop. Blame It on Gravity is a homecoming of sorts, a revisit to the sonic sweet spot that made Too Far to Care the ideal pop album [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Abandoning the Bright Eyes moniker he’s been performing under since his teens, Conor Oberst reverted to his birth name for his 2008 follow-up to 2007′s Cassadaga….much of this tight 12-track album resides firmly within the confines of classic country-rock…the fact that the music does feel relaxed, even when it bears his classicist [...]

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Ingrid Michaelson: Be OK

Check Our Catalog “As the Hotel Café became a nationally recognized launching pad for songwriters in 2008, Ingrid Michaelson stood out amongst the venue’s native artists, having already established her credibility through licensing deals and MySpace playbacks. Her second independent release, Girls and Boys, made waves one year prior when it toppled the iTunes charts, [...]

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Check Our Catalog “[that] softer, more melodic side of European electronica is the focus of Putumayo’s Euro Groove compilation. You won’t find any dissonant, amelodic techno on this 2008 release, but you will find sleek, accessible, and melody-minded club grooves that come from France, Italy, Spain and Germany. By being multilingual, Euro Groove paints a [...]

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Check Our Catalog “This holiday disc doesn’t exclusively stick to traditional Christmas songs, but covers a wide scope of material in a very ambitious manner.”—All Music Guide

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AC/DC: Fly on the Wall

Check Our Catalog “On Fly on the Wall, the leering humor of AC/DC’s past glories seems forced, the music is somewhat underdeveloped, and Brian Johnson’s vocals are mixed far in the background, but — as with nearly every AC/DC album — there are a few good songs, notably “Shake Your Foundations” and “Sink the Pink.”—All [...]

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Check Our Catalog “They rose from the streets of Boston to become one of the best-selling pop acts of all time and influenced a generation. With the upcoming announcement of a world tour and a new album, New Kids On The Block are back in a big way. This new package includes all of the [...]

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Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun

Check Our Catalog “It is a measure, then, of the artistic triumph of That Lucky Old Sun that it’s such an utter pleasure, an album of sunshine unclouded by its absolute disconnection to the world as experienced by any alert person over the age of 12… Easily Brian Wilson’s most consistently enjoyable, moving solo album.”—Mojo

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Check Our Catalog “Contains 24 classic tracks personally selected by the artist from her award-winning catalog, as well as two newly recorded and previously unreleased songs, “U Want Me 2″ and “Don’t Give Up On Us”, working with her longtime producer Pierre Marchand.”—Amazon.com

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Check Our Catalog “Break Up the Concrete is an effective rebirth for Hynde, a reconnection to her roots undoubtedly effected by her return to her native Ohio…Hynde’s revived rockabilly roll finds a comfortable pairing in the easy county-rock vibe of her ballads, of which there are far more of than there are rockers here. This [...]

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Metallica: Death Magnetic

Check Our Catalog “The album, produced by Rick Rubin, is far better than anything the group has recorded in the last 12 years; it sounds as if the band has woken out of a daze…The album bets on the fact that these musicians have matured, and can prove it through music that’s more complicated than [...]

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Sonya Kitchell: This Storm

Check Our Catalog “Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sonya Kitchell has delivered the goods on her new album This Storm, 12 timeless tunes that document her evolution from emerging artist into a sophisticated musician and songwriter with something meaningful to say about the human condition. Her lyrics are sometimes personal and often political, but all are [...]

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