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Monthly Archive for December, 2010

Peter Gabriel: 3: Melt

Check Our Catalog “Generally regarded as Peter Gabriel’s finest record, his third eponymous album finds him coming into his own, crafting an album that’s artier, stronger, more song-oriented than before.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Released in 2008, Saravah Soul’s self-titled debut combined samba, vintage MPB, greasy American funk, and Afro-beat and took the club underground by storm. Cultura Impura (“Impure Culture”) is simply more; both in terms of what the band revealed, and in the truly amazing extensions they’ve added to their fiery mix. In addition [...]

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Check Our Catalog “With previous projects ranging from the political cabaret of the Citizens’ Band to the garage punk tantrums of Mildred and the Mice, Elson has her share of musical experience, but with such wide-ranging credits, it was anyone’s guess what her own album would sound like. On The Ghost Who Walks, she runs [...]

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Flamingo: Flamingo

Check Our Catalog “The Killers frontman, once the strutting peacock of mid-aughts new-wave revivalism, follows a less-brazen bird on his solo debut, Flamingo. Both Flowers and Flamingo are unmistakably colored by his Vegas origins, but his sound has been worn to a richer patina here.” –Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “The Jonas Brothers leave behind stiff mature soul for bubblegum pop that’s perhaps not as snappy as A Little Bit Longer but a lot closer to that fizzy rush than anything they’ve done since 2008. After a few years of the JoBros attempting to sound older than their years, this switch is [...]

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Elton John/Leon Russell: The Union

Check Our Catalog “The Union is a rare gesture in a dying business: an act of gratitude. Elton John repays a long-standing debt of inspiration to Leon Russell — particularly the rowdy merger of soul, country and gospel rapture Russell perfected as a writer, pianist and arranger on 1969 and ’70 albums by Joe Cocker [...]

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Kenny G: Heart and Soul

Check Our Catalog “There are plenty of familiar sounds and grooves peppered throughout Heart & Soul — his soprano sax always stays in its sweet spot, the synthesized funk rhythms keep things tight, while the glaze of electric pianos keeps things smooth, the melodies of the songs threaten to turn into covers but never go [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Jamey Johnson’s music is hard, like a metal slide on a pedal steel guitar; it’s real, like the kernel of truth within the tall tales swapped by studio musicians after much Jack Daniel’s has been consumed. It’s a consummate blend of artifice and self-revelation, an intricately crafted container for elemental stuff – [...]

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Maroon 5: Hands All Over

Check Our Catalog “Track for track Hands All Over is Maroon 5’s best album, capturing their character and craft in a cool, sleek package.” –All Music Guide

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The Priests: Noel

Check Our Catalog “After selling over three million copies of their first two albums, the Priests turned their focus to the winter holidays. NOËL finds the ministers harmonizing their way through a number of Christmas standards, with an emphasis on traditional carols.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Addressing her stately tones upon an array of Christmas standards with accompaniment from a full orchestra here and an African children’s choir there, Lennox tackles the likes of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol), Oh Little Town of Bethlehem and delivers a simply delightful version of Silent Night. Such [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The Puppini Sisters (who aren’t really named Puppini and aren’t really sisters) take on the Christmas season with their third album, an eclectic collection touching on their neo-swing tendencies. This is a British trio who may take after the Andrews Sisters overtly, but who, on the evidence of this disc, are at [...]

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Check Our Catalog “This is Lynne the poet, unflinchingly honest, reflecting, balancing the wide-open joy in performances of standards, from the retro swing of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to the seasonally and romantically teemed “Silver Bells” and “White Christmas,” which make the case that the holiday is not necessarily a joyous one for some. As [...]

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Check Our Catalog “In this disc of Wellesz’s 1933 Piano Concerto and 1961 Violin Concerto, the musical language remains the same, fundamentally tonal in harmony, though with strong chromatic and atonal accents and essentially romantic in style, though with a dash more irony and a dollop more anguish. Both pieces are given exemplary performances by [...]

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Lang Lang: Live in Vienna

Check Our Catalog “The Manchurian pianist Lang Lang made a remarkable impression on the music world as a potentially great classical pianist before reaching the age of 20. In September 1996, he was invited to perform at the inaugural concert of the China Symphony Orchestra with President Jiang Ze Min as guest of honor. He [...]

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Kitaro: Grammy Nominated

Check Our Catalog “Kitaro’s style is the epitome of the contemplative, highly melodic synthesizer music often associated with the new-age movement. Interestingly enough, this famous Japanese composer taught himself to play electric guitar in high school — inspired by the R&B music of Otis Redding. In 1972, however, he met the innovative German synthesist Klaus [...]

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Sugarland: The Incredible Machine

Check Our Catalog “The steampunk-style lettering on the cover of Sugarland’s new album might make you think that “The Incredible Machine’’ is a funky plumbing contraption. But the title refers to the human heart; and the country pop duo’s latest offering has got plenty to spare.” –The Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “Hilary Hahn is among the world’s greatest violinists of her or, arguably, any generation. She is one of those rare artists who possess both a colossal technique and interpretive acumen to set them apart from most of their rivals.” –All Music Guide

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