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Monthly Archive for December, 2011

Tinariwen: Tassili +10:1

“Tinariwen, the Malian Touraeg group, finally broke through to Western audiences with 2007′s Aman Iman and 2009′s Imidiwan — 20 years after their inception. The increased profile did little to alter their “desert blues” with its incantatory droning — primarily electric — guitars, claps and organic percussion, and chanted vocals in songs about struggle and [...]

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Many of the most cherished standards in jazz were born as popular songs. In fact, through the course of jazz history, popular songs have served as a source of inspiration for jazz artists. They still do. Now, in his new recording of classic Puerto Rican songs, saxophonist, composer and arranger Miguel Zenón brings that jazz [...]

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“Those who are hoping for something in the spirit of mid-’90s Blige might be disappointed and think of the title as a ploy, but those who expect a wide variety of material in terms of style and mood will get precisely that. The first half contains several uplifting, upbeat numbers…The second half is heavy on [...]

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Part of PBS’ long-running Great Performances program, Concerto: One Night in Central Park features legendary Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli’s 2011 free concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn. Check Our Catalog

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“Susan Boyle’s third outing, Someone to Watch Over Me, features a diverse set of hits, including takes on classics like “Both Sides Now” and “Unchained Melody,” as well as more modern material from the likes of Tears for Fears (“Mad World”) and Depeche Mode (“Enjoy the Silence”).”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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NOW That’s What I Call Music! 40

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“The records Phil Spector produced under the Crystals name…are classic gems and they set the template and standard high for girl groups in the ’60s, no matter who was singing lead. Spector did his production thing, yeah, and brilliantly, but the Crystals brought that sassy and yearning human touch to everything.”–All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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Mike Doughty: Yes and Also Yes

“A solid collection of smart, sardonic, occasionally sweet gems that play out like a career overview.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Ceremonials is the hotly anticipated sophomore album from Florence + the Machine. Following the critically acclaimed debut Lungs – which won numerous prizes including a BRIT award – band leader Florence Welch oozes confidence here with her soulful songs and eccentric tendencies.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Miranda Lambert struck gold with her third album, Revolution, which sent two songs to the top of the country charts. Four the Record looks to continue her winning streak, mixing sassy country-pop with a handful of rustic, bluegrass-influenced songs.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“The Ronettes are one of the greatest girl groups from any era — never have yearning and certainty combined with such brilliant sound.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Bob Seger: Nine Tonight

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“The music included here celebrates the musical diversity of New Orleans and Treme as traditions have been passed down from the neighborhood where jazz was born and where blues, Cajun, and folk musics have flourished to the present post-Katrina era. As a soundtrack, this volume represents what’s best about Treme; as a listening experience, it [...]

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“Opening with the disco-blues thump of “Miss You,” Some Girls [first issued in 1978] is a tough, focused, and exciting record, full of more hooks and energy than any Stones record since Exile on Main St. Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their ’60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their [...]

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Schooner Fare: Roots and Wings

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A Very She & Him Christmas

Drawing inspiration from classic holiday offerings from the likes of the Carpenters, the Beach Boys, and Vince Guaraldi, M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel’s third outing under the She & Him moniker finds the quirky duo tackling its first collection of Christmas music. Check Our Catalog

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Susan Boyle: The Gift

“If ever there was an ideal candidate for a holiday album it’s Susan Boyle, the reality TV show contestant who caused a sensation with her pretty, old-fashioned performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” in 2009. If ever there was a genre that calls for old-fashioned prettiness it’s the holiday album. [The Gift] is an appropriately [...]

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“Six years after the first volume, Ricky Skaggs returns with A Skaggs Family Christmas Vol. 2, a ten-song CD that features both studio and live recordings. A bonus DVD, A Skaggs Family Christmas Live, is also included in the package, which presents the family’s holiday concert filmed live in at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.”–All [...]

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