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Monthly Archive for November, 2010

Fantasia: Back to Me

Check Our Catalog “The disc opens with the insistent declaration of self, “I’m Doin’ Me,’’ but it is more about love in all its incarnations: passionate, regretful, angry, and tender. She deftly mixes modern R&B with songs that echo classic soul.” –The Boston Globe

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Eric Clapton: Clapton

Check Our Catalog “EC is no stranger to covers and the sound of the album is familiar, but there’s no record quite like Clapton in his catalog. The closest may be Unplugged, which also ambles along with an unhurried shuffle, but this boasts a greater musical range, mixing up Fats Waller and Robert Wilkins with [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Mike Posner is at the head of a new genre: frat-house R&B.” –Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog “Regina Carter has been a lot of places since we last heard from her on I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey, a standards album. That album was released in June; in September she won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (aka “the genius grant”). Nearly four years later, she returns with the startling [...]

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Marc Cohn: Listening Booth: 1970

Check Our Catalog “Marc Cohn is a songwriter and singer whose own work is full of original touches and excellent, and craft, such as on his hit “Walking in Memphis.” Listening Booth: 1970 is an homage to the hit songs of that year. As a youth, Cohn claims he crouched inside a soundproof booth at [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan seemed like an unlikely musical couple when they first began collaborating in 2006 — she of the breathy whisper, he of the deep, bluesy rasp. But their intriguing blend of bitter and sweet has turned into viable ongoing partnership, and on their third album together, Hawk, Campbell [...]

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Autolux: Transit Transit

Check Our Catalog “If Autolux was a decade late for shoegaze’s sweet spot, it only makes sense that the group’s next logical step — the bold, relentlessly arresting 42 minutes of “Transit Transit’’ — took six years. Those half-hoping for “Future Perfect Pt. 2’’ will be richly satisfied. But “Transit Transit’’ is most rewarding for [...]

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Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

Check Our Catalog “The added layer of studio technology on The Age of Adz complements rather than distracts from the heartrending melodies and ambitious orchestration underneath. This noted history buff is finally moving toward the future, and it suits him splendidly.” –Entertainment Weekly

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Martin Sexton: Sugarcoating

Check Our Catalog “Sugarcoating is short on surprises, but the ones that are here work, and if you’ve liked Martin Sexton’s work in the past, chances are this one will please you too.” –All Music Guide

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Darius Rucker: Charleston, SC 1966

Check Our Catalog “Darius Rucker made the successful transition from rootsy AAA singer to contemporary country with his 2008 album Learn to Live, and if Hootie history has taught us anything, it’s that Rucker is reluctant to abandon something that’s working, so his 2010 sequel, Charleston, SC 1966 doesn’t stray from its predecessor’s blueprint.”–All Music [...]

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John Mellencamp: No Better Than This

Check Our Catalog “Country, folk, rock, and blues commingle like old friends enjoying a living-room song pull.”–The Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “The band’s fifth record operates with a mercurial, decade-spanning dishevelment. The six-minute-plus title track alone moves from Beatlesesque harpsichord and harmonizing, to a proggy 1970s-style synthesizer rock opera, to countrified classic-rock bombast.”–The Boston Globe

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Shontelle: No Gravity

Check Our Catalog “…Upbeat tracks, produced by the likes of Rodney Jerkins (Mary J. Blige, Brandy), Harry Sommerdahl (Lindsey Lohan, Celine Dion), and Bruno Mars’ Smeezingtons (Justin Bieber, Travie McCoy), get the job done for the dancefloor.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “When sung by Ferraby Lionheart, usually in a swirl of acoustic guitars, tapping tambourines, and sun-kissed harmonies, the most lovesick lines drip with romance on his lush new album.”–The Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “Few best-of-both-worlds collaborations work as well as Distant Relatives, which pairs Nas’ incendiary rhymes with the keening hooks and global rhythms that Bob Marley’s youngest son favors.” –Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “The country rock quartet outdoes itself on its fourth album by tapping in to its strengths — spine-tingling harmonies, offbeat arrangements, the melding of the classic and contemporary. It makes you laugh, cry, hoot, holler, and breaks your heart.” –The Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “With his fourth album “Swanlights,’’ Antony Hegarty has created his most arresting set of songs to date. Those willing to succumb to his dark vibrato, aggressive delicacy, and the ornate beauties of his compositions will be richly rewarded by familiar swelling strings and urgently twinkling pianos.” –The Boston Globe

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Faith Evans: Something About Faith

Check Our Catalog “Evans was an active session singer and songwriter before signing her own solo deal and marrying Biggie, and while she never matched the level of his stardom, she continued to come into her own as a vocalist in the years after his untimely death. Each one of her first four studio albums [...]

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Kenny Chesney: Hemingway’s Whiskey

Check Our Catalog “With its mix of big, rock-infused ear candy, anthemic power ballads, and the occasional softer acoustic affair, this sounds like a Chesney record, too, although it skirts a harder country sound at one point (“Small Y’all’’) and a rootsy, Tom Petty vibe at another (“Round and Round’’).” –The Boston Globe

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