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Monthly Archive for January, 2011

Check Our Catalog “New Hampshire native Ray LaMontagne returns with his fourth studio album — and it’s an absolute gem. It exudes a homespun, rootsy intimacy as he shares his profound talent for rustic storytelling and a haunting voice that crosses the rasp of Gregg Allman and the spiritual intensity of Richard Manuel of The [...]

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Check Our Catalog “There are treats galore to be heard here…Aphrodite is pure Kylie magic. Everything that made you fall in love with her all over again before is present and correct here.” –BBC Music

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Rihanna: Loud

Check Our Catalog “The remarkably sharp Barbadian-born pop star is now a woman with full, healthy claim to her sexuality, someone who’ll trill the sauciest lines while making damn sure her company is worth her while. None of the salacious hooks are a promise to any man, because they’re delivered for her own empowerment, and [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Reba McEntire has scored more hits than any country female in history, having passed Dolly Parton two years ago. She has conquered it all from the Opry to Broadway, but she’s not ready to chill on the back porch just yet. This is her 34th studio disc and one of her best [...]

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Cassandra Wilson: Silver Pony

Check Our Catalog “Yeah, Cassandra Wilson is a jazz singer, but she’s a 21st century jazz singer, mixing elements of jazz, pop, rock, Delta blues, and light funk into her performances, expanding what a jazz vocalist can be in a contemporary world with her horn player phrasing, smoky texture, and a voice that has matured [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Drama is hardwired within MCR, due in part to the leadership of Gerard Way, a lead singer who writes comic books on the side and can’t help but have his other calling seep into the fabric of Danger Days, constructing an absurd sci-fi narrative about a gang of anti-corporate renegades in the [...]

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Usher: Versus

Check Our Catalog “Usher is supplementing his most recent platinum seller “Raymond v. Raymond’’ with a deluxe EP. Whether purchased in conjunction with the original or as a standalone, “Versus’’ feels like more than an afterthought. In fact, with its compact running time “Versus’’ is in some ways better than the album that spawned it. [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Get Closer may be 34 minutes long, but it uses its time wisely…some of Urban’s sharpest open-highway tunes and bedroom ballads.” –All Music Guide

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Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden: Jasmine

Check Our Catalog “Picking out highlights on this eight-song, hour-long set is difficult because the dry warmth of these performances is multiplied by deeply intuitive listening and the near symbiotic, telepathic nature of the playing. The entire proceeding flows seamlessly…Jasmine is, ultimately, jazz distilled to its most essential; it not only expresses emotion and beauty, [...]

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Check Our Catalog “A tribute to the toughest Nashville queen ever, this record has a steely spine.” –Rolling Stone

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Taio Cruz: Rokstarr

Check Our Catalog “This UK singer/songwriter/producer takes state-of-the-art cyborg pop to a stylistic extreme, layering ultra-processed vocals over computer-born beats that often suggest the pumping of pistons…if the phrase “industrial music” didn’t conjure images of black-clad goth-metal types, it would describe Rokstarr perfectly.” –The Boston Phoenix

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Josh Groban: Illuminations

Check Our Catalog “Produced by Rick Rubin, who’s known for distilling artists to their essence, the album carefully frames Groban’s talent in a cozier context and features some of his own compositions.” –The Boston Globe

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