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Monthly Archive for April, 2009

U2: No Line on the Horizon

Check Our Catalog “…No Line on the Horizon, [is] U2′s first album in nearly five years and their best, in its textural exploration and tenacious melodic grip, since 1991′s Achtung Baby”–Rolling Stone

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Kelly Clarkson: All I Ever Wanted

Check Our Catalog “A masterful rapprochement with the mainstream, full of cheerfully ear-snagging tunes, inventive production, exhilarating vocals and enough inherent Kelly-ness to put aside fears that her label bosses implanted blond electrodes in her brain to make her behave.”–Los Angeles Times

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Check Our Catalog “Long bootlegged, Live Santa Monica ’72 captures the glam-rock pioneer during his Ziggy Stardust prime, on his first U.S. tour, recording what is unequivocally his best concert album.”–Rolling Stone

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Delta Spirit: Ode to Sunshine

Check Our Catalog “Despite passing echoes of Spoon and Violent Femmes, Delta Spirit’s rough barroom pop is its own creature, with jangly pianos, rattling drums, and scruffy acoustic guitars making a thrilling ruckus.”–Spin

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Check Our Catalog “On their full-length debut, the Ting Tings craft peppy New Wave that’s relentlessly catchy.”–Rolling Stone

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Jamie Lidell: Jim

Check Our Catalog “On his third solo album, Jamie Lidell brings a blissful blast of classic R&B and soul with a fresh, modern sensibility that avoids sounding purely retro…Old is made new again in the best possible way on what could surely be the perfect soundtrack for a sultry, soulful summer.”–Boston Globe

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Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago

Check Our Catalog “For Emma captures the sound of broken and quiet isolation, wraps it in a beautiful package, and delivers it to your door with a beating, bruised heart.”–All Music Guide

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Beck: Modern Guilt

Check Our Catalog “On Modern Guilt, Beck and co-producer Danger Mouse craft a subversive summer album that pits narratives of spiritual and existential longing against noise-encrusted beats and dusty old-pop architecture.”–The Boston Phoenix

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Check Our Catalog “Declared a “big fat hit” by USA Today, and “true happiness” by The New York Times, Shrek – The Musical features music by Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change), book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), and direction by Jason Moore (Avenue Q).”–From the Label

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Leonard Cohen: Live in London

Check Our Catalog “Between tunes Cohen recites lyrics from the next song to be performed, and these 26 tunes, delivered in his steady rumbling baritone, may have never sounded better, certainly not in one place on one special night.”–Billboard

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Dungen: 4

Check Our Catalog “The band brews up a nice mix of psychedelic rock, free jazz, and other vintage genres associated with mind expansion and counterculture ideals…[a] top-notch effort”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “As bright as the feathers of the parrot, as sparkly as the fireworks, and as warm as the palm trees that adorn the cover. The music flows like melted butter, twists and turns like a mountain highway, and shimmers like the sun on a scorching summer day.The Spanish producer/singer throws a whole [...]

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The Youngers: Heritage

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Check Our Catalog “Defying Gravity builds on the skill set that gave listeners “Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing” and takes it further, seamlessly combining hook-laden crafty songwriting with a pop sensibility in the modern country vernacular that blazes a new trail and underscores Duke Ellington’s dictum that there are only two kinds of [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Recorded in October 2007, just over half a month after the release of her hits collection Crystal Visions, The Soundstage Sessions finds Stevie Nicks running through her hits — both solo and Fleetwood Mac tunes — in front of a small studio audience.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “This is a stroke of genius. Van Morrison may be viewed as a modern grouch by some folks, but he shows guts in going back to his poetic, almost mystically sweet “Astral Weeks” album from 1968 and doing a live version both profound and astonishing.”–Boston Globe

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Rodriquez: Cold Fact

Check Our Catalog “There was a mini-genre of singer/songwriters in the late ’60s and early ’70s that has never gotten a name. They were folky but not exactly folk-rock and certainly not laid-back; sometimes pissed off but not full of rage; alienated but not incoherent; psychedelic-tinged but not that weird; not averse to using orchestration [...]

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Larkin Grimm: Parplar

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Check Our Catalog “Recommending this album seems too light a course of action; requiring it may be more apt. Consider Hold on Now, Youngster…highly required, then.”–All Music Guide

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Joseph Arthur: Vagabond Skies

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