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Monthly Archive for October, 2009

Holly Williams: Here With Me

Check Our Catalog “Holly Williams, the daughter of Hank Williams Jr. and granddaughter of Hank Williams, follows her own musical path to deliver one of the best singer/songwriter albums to come out of Nashville in the last year.”–Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “Taylor’s tunes build and build like good dramas; he tells stories through song, and the music does the talking as much as the lyrics do.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “[Sinatra's] concert at the Meadowlands in his home state of New Jersey on March 14, 1986, was one of the signal events of his later career, especially for the thousands of fans not old enough or not willing to travel to see his Las Vegas dates. Sinatra gave them everything they asked [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Scofield has assembled a crack band of more roots and groove-oriented sidemen to cut his version of a gospel album….While it’s true this is gospel music re-visioned by Scofield, it’s still a gospel record, and carries within it the heart of that music’s great traditions — melody, complex harmonics, and lyricism. This [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Next to Normal captured the Tony Award for best score. The indie film-like story is a contemporary examination of an American family in which a trauma has unbalanced the mind of the mother, leading to encounters with the prescription drugs and therapy that characterize current medical treatment for mental illness. Brian Yorkey, [...]

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Mandisa: Freedom

Check Our Catalog “Rather than attempting an ill-fated imitation of Beyoncé or Alicia Keys, Mandisa again finds the sweet spot for her own voice on Freedom. As a result, this album is a slam dunk.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Poseidon and the Bitter Bug is not only solid all the way through, it feels fresh, clean, new, and chock-full of beauty.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “George Harrison had two periods of great commercial success, separated by 15 years and two record labels. This extended gap is the chief reason there hasn’t been a career-spanning Harrison collection until 2009′s Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison, the first-ever disc to gather songs from George’s stints at both Apple [...]

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Chester French: Love the Future

Check Our Catalog “Could this really be Chester French’s first album? Love the Future sounds too wise–and too catchy–to possibly be the debut from recent Harvard grads D.A. Wallach and Max Drummey”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “More than most Quentin Tarantino soundtracks, Inglourious Basterds is about the movie, not the album, standing as a companion to the film instead of as its own entity. That said, every cut here is interesting, sometimes wonderful — the Morricone is vivid, as are the obscure soundtrack selections from Charles Bernstein and [...]

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Brooke White: High Hopes & Heartbreak

Check Our Catalog “A sweet, likeable album that largely follows through on White’s Idol promise.”–All Music Guide

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Cobra Starship: Hot Mess

Check Our Catalog “Only a music fan obsessed with the rules of authenticity and the requirements for lyrical profundity could find fault with the 11 odes to overload that make up Hot Mess.”–The Phoenix

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Rick Ross: Deeper Than Rap

Check Our Catalog “The Miami-bred MC Rick Ross has faced a number of career obstacles in recent months–from damaged street credibility to a multi-episodic beef–so it’s all the more impressive that on his third album, Deeper Than Rap, he presents his most cohesive work yet.”–Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “After being the first white guy to grace the cover of a Gangsta Grillz underground mixtape (“The Greenhouse Affect” with Don Cannon & DJ Drama), this buzzed-about MC proves that suburban rap has finally arrived.”–Billboard

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Jill Sobule: California Years

Check Our Catalog “California Years finds the Denver-born, transplanted New Yorker celebrating her adopted West Coast with typical wit, grace, irony, sweetness, and satire, simultaneously extolling the state’s penchant for free-spirited idealism (“San Francisco,” “Palm Springs”) and ripping it a new one for its shallow, self-absorbed celebrity culture (“Nothing to Prove,” “Spiderman”). In between, it’s [...]

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Trey Songz: Ready

Check Our Catalog “Three albums in and Trey Songz still sounds like he was raised in a bizzaro land where all music was based on the teachings of R. Kelly. If those played-out R. Kelly albums aren’t doing the trick anymore, Ready is just what it says it is.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “This is a remarkable album, quietly riveting, translucently pure, and infused with eccentric intelligence. Add Sharon Van Etten to the list of women who are often pegged as simply “beautiful voices”, but who are, in fact, much more than that.”–dustedmagazine.com

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Check Our Catalog “As the subtitle suggests, this collection writes their gangly 1992 debut out of the record, concentrating on the time when the Wallflowers were just about the only rock & roll journeymen in America, cranking out sturdy singer/songwriter-driven classic rock…a good overview of the band’s appealing, dependable rock & roll — an overview [...]

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Check Our Catalog “On the whole, To Lose My Life is a solid debut that will certainly divide opinion, but approach with an open mind and dividends will be reaped en masse.”–Drowned in Sound

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Wilco: (The Album)

Check Our Catalog “Like with many good rock records, bits of whimsy, melancholy, confusion, and joy swirl around the songs of Wilco (the album). So while it may not feel as groundbreaking as previous releases, it’s just as human.”–Boston Globe

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