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Monthly Archive for April, 2010

Gidon Kremer: The Berlin Recital

Check Our Catalog “Violinist Gidon Kremer and pianist Martha Argerich are two of the greatest living virtuosos on their instruments and, though they are wholly individualistic players, they get along extremely well together.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “This recording, taken from a live 2008 Vienna performance, delivers fully on the promise of the era of bel canto: beautiful singing. Anna Netrebko is a radiant Juliet. She soars over the orchestra and other singers with agility and grace, and her tone is unfailingly focused, fresh, and pure. Elína Garanca is [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Dmitri Hvorostovsky has enjoyed an A-list career since he emerged in the early 1990s. His brilliant, yet deceptively dark-hued voice is the embodiment of chiaroscuro, and the combination of vocal polish and emotion that he brings to his performances has made him an audience favorite.”–All Music Guide

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Le Vent du Nord: La Part du Feu

Check Our Catalog “The quartet (plus guests) wheel freely through it all…they’ve developed into a superb, tight unit, but one which so obviously enjoys the music. They do what they do, and they do it very well.” –All Music Guide

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Morphine: At Your Service

Check Our Catalog “At Your Service is more abstract and challenging than the other studio releases available. Many of the songs here take a more free-form approach, potentially because they were never completely finished…Morphine were a unique force as a live trio, and the second disc showcases the group’s on-stage chemistry, with nine songs taken [...]

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John Gorka: So Dark You See

Check Our Catalog “A singer/songwriter famed for his rich, expressive baritone, New Jersey native John Gorka was one of the leading lights of the new folk movement.”–All Music Guide

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Wolfmother: Cosmic Egg

Check Our Catalog “The self-titled 2005 debut of Australia’s hard-rawking Wolfmother played like the soundtrack to a feature-length car commercial. On this album, Wolfmother becomes a band worth paying attention to…Of course, these songs could still sell a car, but it’d have to be something as sensible as it is grandiose, like a Prius with [...]

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M. Ward: Hold Time

Check Our Catalog “…A musical wanderer’s dusty, train-hopping tour through folk, blues, and country. His voice, as beautifully cracked and worn as old leather, belies the meticulousness of the production —it takes a lot of work, no doubt, to sound this effortless.”–Entertainment Weekly

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Jimmy Buffett: Buffet Hotel

Check Our Catalog “This album doesn’t have the lingering country and reggae flavors that seasoned 2006’s Take the Weather with You, with all of the songs riding a cool, mellow country-rock wave, the kind that has been his stock-in-trade since the ‘70s…one of Jimmy’s strongest albums in recent memory.”–All Music Guide

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Nirvana: Live at Reading

Check Our Catalog “This is Nirvana’s purest blast of rock & roll: there’s a boundless, invigorating energy here and, just as importantly, there’s a sense of joy to the performances…a complete document of Nirvana in full flight and one of the greatest live rock & roll albums ever.”–All Music Guide

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Bon Jovi: The Circle

Check Our Catalog “The New Jersey group gets back to the business of rocking on its 11th studio album, “The Circle.””–Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “Petty and the Heartbreakers earned their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not by being larger-than-life figures like the Rolling Stones or the Who, or by dazzling with Dylanesque rock poetry or by elevating the human spirit a la Van Morrison or U2…They did it by exemplifying the joyful [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Valleys of Neptune is legit – not quite a lost album, but darn near close in that it compiles 12 previously unreleased studio recordings, most from a key 1969 phase in the guitarist’s career…it is a sharp snapshot of a musical genius in the studio during a period of transition.”–Chicago Tribune

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John Mayer: Battle Studies

Check Our Catalog “Retaining more than a modicum of the slick soul-blues undertones of Continuum, Mayer fashions a modern groove album…a coolly clean blend of synths and Strats, one that’s as much about texture as it is song.”–All Music Guide

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Lyle Lovett: Natural Forces

Check Our Catalog “If you like the country side of Lovett, which is how he started in the ’80s, you’ll love this record. Augmenting his four original songs are seven covers of tunes penned by fellow Texans, including a drop-dead gorgeous version of Townes Van Zandt’s “Loretta.’’ Lovett may be eccentric, but he always has [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Ruthlessly effective radio-friendly songs…Williams belongs to a grand, possibly dying, British tradition of flawed, wonky pop stars, people whose appeal rests at least partially on the fact that they appear to have ended up at the top of the charts almost despite themselves.”–The Guardian

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The Flaming Lips: Embryonic

Check Our Catalog “Little about Embryonic is clear-cut or straightforward — these noisy, pensive, sometimes meandering songs take awhile to decipher and often feel like they’re still in the process of becoming. These very qualities, however, make these songs some of the Flaming Lips most haunting and intriguing music in some time.”–All Music Guide

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Broken Bells: Broken Bells

Check Our Catalog “What makes Broken Bells such a compelling body of work is undeniably the result of the broad range of sounds that fill its palette. Although there are instances whereby each of the two conspirators come to the forefront, at no point does this sound like a Shins record with beats or a [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Despite Meloy’s lofty vocabulary and penchant for themes of antiquity, Decemberists albums are consistently generous with great tunes and charm, and “The Hazards of Love” is no different.”–Billboard

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Gorillaz: Plastic Beach

Check Our Catalog “Though it’s only to be considered “pop” in the most obscure sense, and it goes to show Damon Albarn has a pretty warped concept of the term, Plastic Beach provides the almighty shakeup that pop music has needed for some time.”–Slant Magazine

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