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Monthly Archive for October, 2010

Troy Andrews: Backatown

Check Our Catalog “Shorty calls his music “supafunkrock,” and it’s an accurate term for the aural gumbo on this fingerpopping, butt-shakin’ mix set. It crackles and burns with an unburdened, unfettered, passionate live feel. Backatown is everything popular American music should be; yet it’s also what sets Andrews and Orleans Avenue, and New Orleans music [...]

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Drake: Thank Me Later

Check Our Catalog “The abundance of spacey synths and clattering, reverbed percussion makes Thank Me Later feel like ideal cruising music for a ramshackle UFO, but it also incorporates dynamics like few other hip-hop albums before it.” –Spin

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Jack Johnson: To the Sea

Check Our Catalog “Call it the signature of a surfer so bleached by the sun that he rushes nothing, but To the Sea substitutes the sunset strum-alongs of his earliest records for a sleek daytime sheen that might glimmer too brightly for hippies but it makes for a better overall pop record, the kind of [...]

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Aqualung: Magnetic North

Check Our Catalog “Aqualung at his best: an artful yet melodic heir to piano-driven ‘70s singer/songwriters.”–All Music Guide

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3OH!3: Streets of Gold

Check Our Catalog “Following the release of its much buzzed-about 2008 breakout album, “Want,” electro-rap duo 3OH!3 returns with more fast-paced, catchy digital-pop beats on its latest set.”–Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “These disco-funk fashion icons put in some serious work to make you move. Updating the neon-glow falsetto and disco-push of the Bee Gees (as on “Any Which Way’’) still proves the band’s go-to move, but they expand their approach on “Night Work’’ into an overarching orgy of ’80s pop-quoting. It’s hard work [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Gogol Bordello’s major-label debut, “Trans-Continental Hustle,” maintains the band’s ethno-clash dance party reputation, but with less punk attitude and a more mainstream songwriting approach.”–Billboard

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Jewel: Sweet and Wild

Check Our Catalog “The set is more sweet than it is wild, but it finds an effective middle ground between the multiplatinum troubadour and the modern country songstress.”–Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “Reflections is an album unlike any other in Kurt Rosenwinkel’s catalog. Nearly all ballads, it dispenses with effects and other fireworks and allows Rosenwinkel to display pure jazz guitaristry, his tone and performance unencumbered by outside influences and modern distractions.”–All Music Guide

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Bobby McFerrin: VOCAbuLaries

Check Our Catalog “This is the work that anyone remotely interested in McFerrin needs to hear. Collaborating with composer, arranger, and conductor Roger Treece over seven years, McFerrin’s been given a foil who not only understands his previous output, but can focus his ideas and take them to the next developmental peak. The pair employed [...]

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Check Our Catalog “…Sultry and wounded like Lucinda Williams. That’s a comparison that’s dogged Merritt since her debut, but with “See You on the Moon,’’ she’s coming awfully close to approaching Williams not as an acolyte but as an equal.”–The Boston Globe

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Pernice Brothers: Goodbye, Killer

Check Our Catalog “This music sometimes feels spontaneous and casual, but the craft of Joe Pernice’s songwriting remains as literate and melodically absorbing as anyone working in indie pop today, and Goodbye, Killer confirms he and his collaborators haven’t lost their touch, and have even gained a bit or edgy nerve along the way.”–All Music [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Petty’s songwriting at its best cleverly bounces off of romance clichés, often with a desperate, lustful drawl and sneer, and he’s usually been more concerned with the here and now than he is about musing about what’s been abused and lost in contemporary America, although he’s certainly not blind to it.”–All Music [...]

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Now That’s What I Call Music 34

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Check Our Catalog “Fond of waltz tempos, Frenchman Olivier Manchon (also known for work with the pop group Clare & the Reasons) exploits the tried-and-true chamber string-ensemble format highlighted by his jazz violin to create a beautiful sound that brings the past into the present.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Fans of Xenakis and experimental music will appreciate this addition to Mode’s admirable series covering this composer’s output.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “On Tribal he digs hard into the New Orleans rhythm and blues on which he cut his teeth. His sinewy band, the Lower 911, manages to riff on a classic sound without ever going retro.”–The New York Times

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Check Our Catalog “This CD of Beethoven’s “Fourth” and “Fifth” piano concertos shows Fellner is still impetuous but more commanding, still virtuosic but less demonstrative, and still playful but less prankish and more thoughtful.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Thomas Adès is among the brightest young stars in contemporary composition, and a musician of broad achievement and influence. His complex and appealing music exhibits a flair for drama, humor, and personal expression, and is notable for the creative use of instrumental color.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Netrebko is in absolutely top form, singing with an enveloping, velvety warmth, and soaring with a radiant intensity. Her beautifully controlled and nuanced vibrato is always used with a keen sensitivity to the drama inherent in the texts, and her interpretations are driven by her gift for communicating with her audience. Barenboim’s [...]

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