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Monthly Archive for February, 2011

Check Our Catalog “In Wayne’s patented way, the songs feel tossed-off: He has a gift for making virtuosity sound casual, while delivering laugh-out-loud punch lines every few seconds. You won’t hear a funnier record all year. Jailbird or civilian, human or moon man, Lil Wayne is pop’s most reliable deliverer of unadulterated fun.” –Rolling Stone

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Steel Train: Steel Train

Check Our Catalog “Steel Train is among those bands whose members weaned in the ’90s and are now busting out their coming-of-age anthems.”–The Boston Globe

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Jack Rose: Luck in the Valley

Check Our Catalog “Americana with a thrillingly cosmopolitan flair, Jack Rose’s acoustic-guitar pickings encompass all manner of sounds not generally associated with that instrument: the elegant drone of ragas or jazz’s syncopated swing. This collection of 10 instrumentals…captures the late Rose’s limber, relaxed guitar style, and the charm of his low-key songs. Jack Rose suffered [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Belle & Sebastian are looking to get back to basics with their first album since 2005′s tremendous The Life Pursuit. The end product is near perfect. On most tracks, bobbing bass and nimble percussion create a funky pop backdrop for lean guitars and organs to karate-chop their way through songs as elemental [...]

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Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

Check Our Catalog “Put The Suburbs on repeat and days could pass before the urge to change the record takes hold. Even on a cursory listen, a water-testing foray into its 16 tracks, it’s immediately apparent that this is an album unlike either that came before it. You could call it their OK Computer. But [...]

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Frazey Ford: Obadiah

Check Our Catalog “As the former lead singer of the Canadian folk-pop trio the Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford turned out some quietly affecting performances. But they’re demure delights compared to the heady pleasures of her debut solo album. It’s a luxuriant album that unfurls with acoustic guitar, hushed drums, banjo, organ, and little swells [...]

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Check Our Catalog “How can you not love Cee Lo? He’s a virtuoso rapper who has one of pop’s most unique singing voices. He’s a self-proclaimed lady-killer who’s roughly as tall as a mini-refrigerator and as broad as a Hummer. He wears pink suits. He put a song called “F*** You” in the Top 20. [...]

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Sleigh Bells: Treats

Check Our Catalog “It’s as if every element of Sleigh Bells’ genre-swerving sound — primitive guitar fuzz, pastiche beats, sugar-buzz
 vocals — bypasses the default snark button and burrows
 directly into jaded listeners’ punch-drunk pleasure centers. Treats? Indeed.” — Entertainment Weekly

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Matt and Kim: Sidewalks

Check Our Catalog “Approaching a new Matt & Kim album is like driving up to the gates of a Christian summer camp — the blithe, loving embrace that awaits is, to a nonbeliever, as creepy as it is alluring…Even emo and chamber music get roped into Sidewalks’ exclamatory gush, verifying that there truly is no [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Rod is cool and loose, comfortable with the contours of these standards, which he should be after singing them for ten years. He sounds like he’s having fun swinging through the tunes everybody knows by heart, and that’s the difference on an album that’s otherwise interchangeable with what came before: usually, the [...]

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Neil Diamond: Dreams

Check Our Catalog “His liner notes claim these songs as some of his favorites from the “rock era”…As a vocalist, Diamond’s dramatic — rather than involved — authority is his trademark; he imposes it on almost every track. It works well here: the reading of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” is excellent for this reason, [...]

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