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Monthly Archive for January, 2012

Neil Diamond: The Bang Years

“Crisp, lively, colorful pop tunes balanced by luxurious moody brooding ballads.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Kristin Chenoweth: Some Lessons Learned

“Eschewing the musical standards of her 2001 debut, Let Yourself Go and the Christian AOR of 2005′s As I Am (although the latter’s “Borrowed Angels” does appear here in a slightly altered version) sees the versatile singer/actress instead go back to her roots on 13 tracks inspired by the country songs she used to sing [...]

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Glen Campbell: Ghost on the Canvas

“Campbell is a titan with a legacy that begins before he started to record solo albums, so if anyone deserves to craft a career-capping final record it is he, even if this opportunity is bittersweet, tainted by the knowledge that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s sometime during its recording… it pays honor to his legacy [...]

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The Opera 2011 Album

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The Classical 2011 Album

“Decca’s two-disc set, The Classical Album 2011, features 40 tracks of some of the world’s most popular and familiar classical music. The selections are widely varied and include vocal music (operatic arias and songs), chamber music, keyboard works (piano, harpsichord and organ), and a broad assortment of orchestral music. The album would make a terrific [...]

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Ziggy Marley: Wild and Free

“Stoned to the bone with Was at the controls means this is one of the more humble and cool offerings in the Ziggy Marley catalog, but those are the same reasons it’s an album to return to, delivering that satisfying Rastaman vibration whenever listeners crave a mellow mood.” –All Music Guide   Check Our Catalog

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“Well-Done is un-apologetically steeped in the classic East Coast sound, but in Statik the album has the perfect maestro. From the funky horn bump of “Keep Off the Grass’’ to the intoxicating vibe of “White Silk,’’ Statik serves up Action’s verses over superb beats that should keep hungry fans satiated for months.” –The Boston Globe [...]

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“The Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2011 Broadway revival of Anything Goes offers a fresh take on Cole Porter”s 1934 hit musical while keeping close to the freewheeling spirit of the original. The production was a huge success, winning Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical and for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a [...]

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St. Vincent: Strange Mercy

“While strings and horns occasionally creep in, Strange Mercy consistently makes do with little more than a conventional rock-band setup. All the better to display the record’s rougher edges and willingness to let its mistakes show—like a stray sigh near the end of “Surgeon.” That’s the sound of the beast making its way out of [...]

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“It’s an absolute tour de force for the guitar…The classical world is in need of its next star, and it just may have found him.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“You know those dads who are such music freaks that they teach their children everything about Dylan, say, or the Ramones, and then flip out when the kids go over to Ke$ha? Sure you do. “The Music Never Stopped’’ is about how one of those dads gets his comeuppance and realizes how lucky he is.” [...]

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“Violinist Lisa Batiashvili has developed a highly successful career both as a soloist appearing with the world’s leading orchestras and as a chamber player performing in duos or larger groups. A major recording artist, her vast repertory encompasses works from J.S. Bach and Beethoven to Prokofiev and Shostakovich and contemporaries.” –All Music Guide   Check [...]

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Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk

“To his enormous credit, Laurie never sounds like a dilettante among this group; he holds his own, working his way into the marrow of the songs, playing credible piano throughout the record.” –All Music Guide   Check Our Catalog

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Tom Waits: Bad as Me

“Bad as Me, his first album of new material in seven years, is a tour de force of wise ol’ swagger and new-century blues — “that feel,” perhaps, as Waits and Richards sang about years ago.” –The Boston Phoenix Check Our Catalog

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The Barr Brothers: The Barr Brothers

“Brad (vocals, guitar) and Andrew (drums) Barr team with Sarah Page (hammer dulcimer, harp) and Andres Vial(pump organ, vibraphone) as the Barr Brothers on this self-titled folk-pop effort, which is both a little rustic in its under-produced sound and also has the quality of chamber music.” –All Music Guide   Check Our Catalog

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Sting: The Best of 25 Years

“Note that title: it’s the Best of 25 Years, Sting’s career-encompassing box set, not a greatest-hits album, so this 12-song collection misses some hit singles. That said, the big ones are here — “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” “We’ll Be Together,” “Fragile,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” — along with [...]

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“This 2011 collection includes a nice mix of living legends (Paul McCartney, Elton John, Willie Nelson,  the Who, Bruce Springsteen) and contemporary hit makers (Gillian Welch, Band of Horses, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan), all of whom contribute to a solid, unfussy set of originals and covers.” –All Music Guide   Check Our Catalog

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Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me

“Opening with an age-appropriate, sweetly sung rendition of “When You Wish Upon A Star,” the collection offers up duets with Barbra Streisand (“Somewhere”) and Susan Boyle (“A Mother’s Prayer”), a lovely cover of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” a pair of Puccini arias (“Nessun Dorma,” “O Mio Babbino Caro”), and a handful of handcrafted originals from [David] [...]

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“American Goldwing is an all-around great listen — one perfectly suited for late fall nights on the porch or holiday road trips — and it may even be the band’s best record to date.” –American Songwriter Check Our Catalog

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