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Monthly Archive for March, 2011

Check Our Catalog “King George VI (Colin Firth) — father of the current queen, Elizabeth — is a shy man who suffers from an acute stutter. When he unexpectedly ascends the throne of England in 1936, he must rally his nation over the radio through the Depression and Second World War. His wife, Queen Mother [...]

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Ciara: Basic Instinct

Check Our Catalog “Celebrity, commodity, singer, sex object, cyborg — Ciara just about fuses all of them on “Basic Instinct.” Ciara’s breathy voice is the candy in the machines.” –The New York Times

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Check Our Catalog “Not to be misinterpreted as an institution teaching the Wu Tang Clan’s Shaolin ways, this is a collaborative project showcasing the new school of raps talents accompanied by the seminal producer’s blazing beats.” –Soul Culture

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El DeBarge: Second Chance

Check Our Catalog “Before there was Usher, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, there was El DeBarge. On his luscious new album, his first in a decade and a half, DeBarge simply soars, his feather-light vocals still in top form following years of personal struggles.” –The Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “The soundtrack to Tyler Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 Tony-nominated play consists of new and previously unreleased material…The disc should be considered another valued outgrowth of Shange’s work: a deeply resonating cultural touchstone.” –All Music Guide

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Ne-Yo: Libra Scale

Check Our Catalog “Ne-Yo has crafted an epic full of party songs, beatific ballads and throbbing spy-movie club music. It’s lavish disco; the songs are cinematic in scope but have the unshakable hooks of great pop.” –Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog “The album bubbles over with insidious grooves, inventive samples, and lissome rhyming about things frivolous and fraught. Several bold-faced friends make appearances, including Jamie Foxx on the jittery “Hustle Blood,’’ Janelle Monáe singing the hook of the pretty “Be Still,’’ and George Clinton and Too Short rasping it up on “Fo Yo [...]

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The Black Keys: Brothers

Check Our Catalog “Brothers bursts with gritty garage soul, resonating with retro grooves like “Tighten Up,” creeping with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins eeriness on the reverb-driven blues ballad “Ten Cent Pistol” and oozing old school from start to finish.” –Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “Country and jazz have rarely been congenial bedfellows…Bryan and the Haggards, a hardcore honky-tonk freebop collective, aims to mend any flattened fences while simultaneously removing any need for them in the first place.” –All About Jazz

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Curren$y: Pilot Talk II

Check Our Catalog “Curren$y’s second effort of 2010 is just straight-up solid…Spacy dreams of flight like the opening “Airborne Aquarium” alternate with more traditional numbers like the street single “Michael Knight,” which is packed with meaningful verses and a memorable chorus.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “He’s anchored in the breezy, beachside frat-country that’s been in vogue ever since Kenny Chesney’s Jimmy Buffett tribute took the world by storm at the turn of the millennium. One of the best mainstream country-pop records of 2010: tuneful, hooky, friendly, funny, and bright, the kind of album made for long, hot, [...]

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