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Monthly Archive for January, 2010

Check Our Catalog “Burma’s ragged and raging record is a start-to-finish blast, but don’t miss out on the party’s substance: crafty vocals, heroic guitars, dark humor, steely resolve.”–Boston Globe

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N’Dambi: Pink Elephant

Check Our Catalog “On the powerful single “Can’t Hardly Wait,” the gritty soul singer expresses self-aggravation over her inability to cut loose a trifling lover. It’s just one of the powerful gems on the charismatic Dallas native’s Pink Elephant.”–All Music Guide

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Sondre Lerche: Heartbeat Radio

Check Our Catalog “If this is the style Lerche decides to stick with for a while, that will be cause for a round of hearty cheers from fans of smart, sophisticated guitar pop everywhere. If you are a fan of said music and you don’t know Sondre Lerche, this is the place to start the [...]

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Adam Lambert: For Your Entertainment

Check Our Catalog “Lambert sounds larger than life on these, just like he wants to be, and if there’s no sense of danger here, at least there’s a lot of pure pop pleasure here, more than any immediate post-Idol album has ever delivered.”–All Music Guide

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The Mars Volta: Octahedron

Check Our Catalog “Guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala are the creative duo driving the band and once again deliver on a standing promise to blow any mind that is willing to stay open.”–Boston Globe

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Joe Nichols: Old Things New

Check Our Catalog “There’s a big difference between a traditionalist and someone who follows tradition, and Nichols belongs in the latter camp, less concerned with the past than the present, admitting that booze is cheaper than a shrink, happily sliding into power-ballad mode on the slower songs. Those rock influences — not just on ballads, [...]

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Paramore: brand new eyes

Check Our Catalog “Although the new set may lack the wide-eyed naivete that made the group’s past efforts so endearing, the newfound maturity makes for a compelling set of songs.”–Billboard.com

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Pearl Jam: Backspacer

Check Our Catalog “Backspacer, the band’s ninth studio album [is] one of its most cohesive and satisfying in terms of brevity, crisp production, and a sharp focus.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog Jerry and Nancy Bell (The Celtic Bells) are a husband and wife team sharing both Scots and Irish ancestry, sharing stories and tunes to make you grow, with Irish harp, Scottish bagpipes, flute, bodhran, mandocello, tin whistle and tenor banjo.

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Check Our Catalog “Brad Paisley’s Playlist collection focuses on several of the singer’s chart entries recorded between 1999 and 2002. Among the 14 tracks are “He Didn’t Have to Be,” “We Danced,” “Two People Fell in Love,” and “Wrapped Around.””–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog This film adaptation of the Tony-winning musical Nine was directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) and features an all-star cast led by Academy Award winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, and Sophia Loren. Nine tells the story of a famous filmmaker (Day-Lewis) and the nine women who play pivotal roles in his [...]

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Miranda Lambert: Revolution

Check Our Catalog “Revolution is a portrait of an artist in full possession of her powers, and the best mainstream-country album so far this year.”–Entertainment Weekly

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Leona Lewis: Echo

Check Our Catalog “Vocal heroism is Ms. Lewis’s game, and she plays it ruthlessly, with an unselfconscious gusto evocative of classic Whitney Houston or Celine Dion.”–New York Times

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Check Our Catalog “The success of the project obviously hinges on McKay herself, and she brings it off thanks to one of the most affecting voices in modern music, a bewitching way of humanizing her songs, and her ability to echo Day’s sincerity and joi de vivre (even if it is a performance).”–All Music Guide

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Wales: Attention Deficit

Check Our Catalog “Attention Deficit offers the best of both worlds; it’s pop music with integrity and brains. And, in the parlance of American Bandstand, you can dance to it!”–The Onion

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Check Our Catalog “It’s a serene, completely agreeable hour…. Chucho has a bit of an edge with speed, power and dexterity, but here and there, especially when they deftly switch roles of ostinato and soloing, it can become hard to guess who’s who. Bebo is an elegant musician, but also one who won’t be outdone; [...]

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McCoy Tyner: Solo, Live From San Francisco

Check Our Catalog “This is yet another of the many triumphant recordings Tyner has given to the world, and though always challenging for any solo artist, he easily pulls it off with nary a hitch, much spirit, and a ton of soul.”–All Music Guide

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Rod Stewart: Soulbook

Check Our Catalog “Rod could have stepped out more energetically on this album, but his gentlemanly approach still has its merits. Plus, it’s great to hear these songs again.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “Playing for Change is producer Mark Johnson’s multimedia project intending to tie the world together via music. Johnson traveled the globe between 2004 and 2008, finding musicians in every corner of the world, from African villages to the streets of Santa Monica, then recorded them, usually singing American rock and pop classics, [...]

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