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Monthly Archive for December, 2009

Check Our Catalog “Multi-talented Boston denizen Krisanthi Pappas used her first LP to establish her vocal credentials by recording a tribute to the music of George & Ira Gershwin. A musical fairy tale that recalls her childhood, Pappas’ subsequent My Back Yard is an album that adults will also enjoy. If this album really reflects [...]

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Check Our Catalog “A wonderful tribute to the master George Gershwin from a very gifted vocalist and some first rate instrumentalists. Let’s hear more!” – Ron Della Chiesa, Music America and The Jazz Songbook, WPLM and WGBH, Boston “Krisanthi Pappas’ second album honoring the works of George and Ira Gershwin has established her as a [...]

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Check Our Catalog Throw Down Your Heart chronicles banjo virtuoso and 18-time Grammy award winner Béla Fleck’s musical journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo. Bela’s boundary-breaking musical adventure takes him to Uganda, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Mali, and provides a glimpse of the beauty and complexity of African [...]

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Check Our Catalog “While they’ll never be mistaken for a feel-good band, there is a palpable sense of relief that they get to play together again as a band, and what’s remarkable is that they still sound like themselves, capturing that weird murk halfway between ’80s metal and ’90s northwestern sludge, reminding us that we [...]

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Arctic Monkeys: Humbug

Check Our Catalog “Arctic Monkeys have captivated the post-Britpop scene since their 2006 debut, but Humbug finds the group justifying the hype by shifting its best qualities into different, equally dazzling shapes.”–Billboard.com

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Check Our Catalog “With Rick Rubin at the helm, employing his trademark austerity but not overdoing the dryness, the group swings for the fences musically, lyrically, vocally, and emotionally. Its batting average is sterling.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “Benson spent the early part of the decade building a repertoire of scruffy but sophisticated pop songs, but he fulfills his potential on this sparkling new set.”–Billboard.com

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Diane Birch: Bible Belt

Check Our Catalog “Her welterweight voice is strong and fetching, and with help from Joss Stone’s producers and top-shelf players, she nails some vintage sounds.”–Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog “Give Up the Ghost is evidence that not only is she one of the best singers in modern folk-rock music, but that she can write a potent set of songs every time out.”–PopMatters

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Creed: Full Circle

Check Our Catalog “Getting right back to where they started from, Creed reunites for Full Circle, putting all tensions — including whatever unpleasantry existed with their long-departed original bassist Brian Marshall — to rest and cutting their first album in eight years. Full Circle is a none-too-subtle allusion to how they’re getting back to their [...]

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Check Our Catalog “It takes on joy and loss with equal measure, and at its best–’Still Remember Love,’ ‘Lose Myself’–lands at the intersection of the two.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “Even shorn of their comedic context, the best of these tracks still have the power to rupture internal organs at 20 paces.”–New Musical Express

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Phish: Joy

Check Our Catalog “If you can’t enjoy Joy, you will probably never enjoy Phish. Yet, to paraphrase a vintage Phish song, what’s most impressive here is how much they seem to be enjoying themselves–truly, deeply, gratefully. It’s nice to have them back.”–Rolling Stone

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Owl City: Ocean Eyes

Check Our Catalog “Young’s second set of lush, Postal Service-indebted electronic pop, Ocean Eyes, is so daydream-ready, you might forgive him for admitting out loud that he’d ”rather pick flowers instead of fights.’”–Entertainment Weekly

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Polvo: In Prism

Check Our Catalog “The whole disc sounds familiar, like a logical next step for the band, albeit a decade-plus later. But it also feels fresh in every moment.”–PopMatters

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Check Our Catalog “Some might fit a little too perfectly, so close to the originals that there doesn’t seem to be much point. But they best serve as reminders about what was so great about them to begin with.”–Boston Globe

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