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Monthly Archive for September, 2010

Check Our Catalog “Armatrading produced This Charming Life and played all the instruments herself (except for the drums, manned by Miles Bould), and it represents the toughest and most aggressive music she’s recorded since Walk Under Ladders and The Key in the ’80s…Armatrading takes to the swagger of rock & roll like a duck to [...]

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Check Our Catalog “A solid collection of Nina Simone’s recordings for RCA, covering the years 1966-1974.This is representative of a period in which Simone was riding the charts, and making an impact on audiences all over the world not only for her jazz and blues material — which included many originals as well as covers [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The 2009 Singles Collection offers something that the many other previous Creedence Clearwater Revival compilations do not: the band’s A-sides and B-sides presented complete and in chronological order, plus a DVD containing the five promo clips CCR released (“Sweet Hitch-Hiker,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Bootleg,” “I Put a Spell on [...]

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Michael Bolton: One World One Love

Check Our Catalog “He immerses himself in cool contemporary trends, trading heavily in Auto-Tune, enlisting Ne-Yo and a pre-fame Lady Gaga for a collaboration, dabbling in some reggae rhythms, adapting some coolly synthesized rhythms…there’s a nice easy confidence here — it’s the sound of an old pro doing what he does best.” –All Music Guide

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Marc Anthony: Iconos

Check Our Catalog “Despite its brevity and reliance on cover material, Iconos is comprised of first-rate music…Anthony may not give fans what they want, but at least he gives them quality material.” –All Music Guide

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Keane: Night Train

Check Our Catalog “As a transitional release…Night Train points to an even bigger and brighter future: it mostly sounds like a band happy to enjoy the freedom of chalking up 10 million album sales, and everyone else can take a running jump.” –BBC Music

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Check Our Catalog “B.o.B, the rapper behind recent smash ”Nothin’ on You,” wants to be a rock star. In between his debut’s nimble verses, he covers Vampire Weekend, collaborates with the singers from Weezer and Paramore, and plays arena-ready guitar.” –Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “LaVette turns in Southern-soul renditions of tunes by such UK institutions as Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. Yet if the title is straightforward, the music often isn’t, with LaVette teasing out new emotional details from songs that seemed to have given up all their secrets decades ago.” –The Boston Phoenix

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Kelis: Flesh Tone

Check Our Catalog “A spirited but disciplined set of classic Euro-club bangers…It’s clear that Kelis has carved out a new niche for herself, dancing in front of the turntables till the lights come on, if they dare.” –Los Angeles Times

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Merle Haggard: I Am What I Am

Check Our Catalog “Almost 50 years into a recording career, there’s no changing the fact that Hag is who is he is, and he’s comfortable in his own skin, broken-in but not worn-out, never pushing too hard but never coasting, either…Like with any of Haggard’s great albums, much of the pleasure lies in the details, [...]

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