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Monthly Archive for April, 2010

Blakroc: Blakroc

Check Our Catalog “Its sound is hard but loose, rooted in sinewy beats by Patrick Carney, the Black Keys’ drummer, and spooky riffs by Dan Auerbach, its guitarist and singer.”–New York Times

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BLK JKS: After Robots

Check Our Catalog “All context aside, After Robots just plain rocks–a hugely creative, expansive and forceful piece of work.”–The Guardian

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Citizen Cope: The RainWater LP

Check Our Catalog “The RainWater LP…is a Citizen Cope CD that the listener can enjoy from beginning to end without having to reach for the remote control constantly. This time, Citizen Cope doesn’t let listeners down.”–All Music Guide

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Peter Gabriel: Scratch My Back

Check Our Catalog “Drum and guitar free, with stark string orchestration, this imaginatively selected and sequenced collection [of covers] achieves such a haunting consistency of tone that its spell lingers long after the speakers fall silent.”–Spin

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Will Hoge: The Wreckage

Check Our Catalog “[Hoge revisits] the themes that populated his previous albums: love and life in the South, the sad beauty of roadside Americana, and the glory of rock & roll. Those are conventional subjects, perhaps, but few 21st century songwriters tackle them better than Hoge, who sets his lyrics to a soundtrack of heartland [...]

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Jaheim: Another Round

Check Our Catalog “This is a very solid set that places its emphasis on the vocalist’s smooth, rich tone and effortless phrasing.”–Boston Globe

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La Roux: La Roux

Check Our Catalog “Elly Jackson is the perfect London pop star of the moment: a 21-year-old loudmouth bossypants with appallingly awesome hair and a vacant stare of a voice. Along with co-writer and fellow synth dude Ben Langmaid, she’s ruling U.K. radio with splashy dance hits about sex and betrayal.”–Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog This three-disc set (two CDs and a DVD) features a recording of the ex-Beatle’s three-night concert in New York City’s Citi Field on July 17, 18, and 21, 2009. “The two CDs sound terrific, documenting how gracefully both McCartney and his music are aging. His voice is robust, his charm on full [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Murray Perahia is one of the few genuine stars of the piano…The inner dissonances that make themselves known to anyone who plays Bach seriously are all exposed here, taken slowly and gracefully enough that they seem to hang in the air.”–All Music Guide

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Harper Simon: Harper Simon

Check Our Catalog “Just barely topping the 30-minute mark, Harper Simon’s debut LP gives a quick, breezy look at the songwriting skills of Paul Simon’s oldest son. Harper, who previously cut his teeth in the cabaret-punk outfit Menlo Park, switches gears for this solo outing, which emphasizes lush arrangements and folksy melodies over Menlo Park’s [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Besides turning out impeccable vocal, guitar and banjo performances, he infuses each song with a timeless minimalism undoubtedly developed through years of propping up others.”–NOW Magazine

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Check Our Catalog The debut album for the supergroup composed of the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme, and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. “While there are melodies and hooks that certainly dig into the skull, what impresses is chemistry, how the three play together, how they instigate each other, [...]

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Gin Wigmore: Holy Smoke

Check Our Catalog “Already a star in her native New Zealand, Gin Wigmore makes her global debut with the release of Holy Smoke, an album that shoots to bridge the gap between neo-soul and rock & roll.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “I’m New Here is a shock. It’s a wallop filled with big nasty beats, a wide range of sonic atmospheres, and more — sometimes unintentional — autobiographical intimacy than we’ve heard from Gil Scott-Heron than ever before. It is a scant 28 minutes and doesn’t need to be a second longer. It’s [...]

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Carrie Underwood: Play On

Check Our Catalog “There’s no doubt that Carrie Underwood’s third album, “Play On,” is her best collection yet: Here, the artist seems to finally feel comfortable in her own skin. It’s a wide-ranging album-she’s in love, out of love, light-hearted and playful.”–Billboard.com

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Ringo Starr: Y Not

Check Our Catalog “The ever-optimistic Starr tells us he’s “tired of being negative” at the album’s outset. It’s certainly hard to be anything but positive in this kind of company.”–Billboard.com

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Slayer: World Painted Blood

Check Our Catalog If you have any curiosity about heavy metal, simply pick up a Slayer record, and the new stuff is as aesthetically pure as the earlier, career-defining releases. In other words, Slayer hasn’t bowed to the mainstream and probably uses its two Grammys as doorstops.–Boston Globe

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Midlake: The Courage of Others

Check Our Catalog “Fans of fellow retro beard-rockers Fleet Foxes will find much to appreciate here. Radiohead fans, likewise, will relish “Bring Down,’’ a virtual rewrite of “Exit Music.’’ Everyone else will simply think it’s pretty.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “One by one, the members of the Strokes – the nattily attired New York quintet once trumpeted as indie rock’s saving grace – have been moonlighting with solo records and side projects. Now the spotlight fixes on Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, whose new “Phrazes for the Young’’ one-ups his bandmates by being, [...]

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Check Our Catalog “These songs are pared down to the sharpest hooks and the most earworm-like choruses — all the better to let the fizzing electronics take over…Even on its mellower moments, the Bravery sound more excited about making music on this album than they have since their debut, making Stir the Blood a fine [...]

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