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Monthly Archive for March, 2012

Aurelio: Laru Beya

“On this album from Garifuna artist Aurelio, you’ll hear Brazilian-style percussion patterns, lyrics in French and in the Garifuna language, grooves derived from reggae and rocksteady, and gorgeously layered call-and-response harmony vocals.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Widely acclaimed as an exceptional interpreter of the music of Liszt, pianist Nelson Freire plays his own wide-ranging selection of works by the great composer-pianist, from the grandly opulent early works to the bittersweet melodies of his later years. Check Our Catalog

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“Whether he’s spinning tales of arson and murder over the angular, synth-kissed indie rock of Lifter Puller, or recounting the excesses and fatal flaws of his fictional Twin Cities denizen with the Hold Steady’s swagger-filled bar rock behind him, Craig Finn has always had a way of blending in with whatever music he’s accompanied by [...]

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“The Lion’s Roar is a mesmerizing listen that — alongside recent releases from the likes of the Tallest Man on Earth and Anna Ternheim — suggests the Swedish folk scene is currently hitting something of a purple patch.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Carrey and McMillan’s vivaciousness, perfect diction and seamless vocals captivated the crowd. Sentimental but not at all schmaltzy…by the end of the show’s final, title song, audience members were wiping tears and clapping madly”–Boston Herald, February 13, 2004 Check Our Catalog

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“Dmitry Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 sets a keynote of gravitas and introduces us to the theme of the album, which is that the works presented here were influenced in one way or another by the culture and politics of the Soviet Union.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Highlights include British vocal powerhouse Adele (“Rolling in the Deep”), dubstep newcomer Skrillex (“Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”), bearded hard rockers Foo Fighters (“Walk”), country-pop giants Taylor Swift (“Siren”) and Lady Antebellum (“Just a Kiss”), indie folk hitmakers Bon Iver (“Holocene”) and Mumford & Sons (“The Cave”), and stadium rock veterans Coldplay (“Paradise”).” –All Music [...]

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“A dominant figure in American music throughout most of the twentieth century, composer Leon Kirchner wrote a large quantity of music which, although stylistically tied to the work of Arnold Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, remains powerfully individual in expression, and free of the systematic use of 12-tone techniques. In addition, he proved himself [...]

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Kelly Clarkson: Stonger

“The album’s success is entirely due to Kelly Clarkson, whose personality and professionalism turn it into her best album since her Breakaway breakthrough in 2004.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“This is the sound of three men whose reputations rest on work done decades earlier, and one younger man whose reputation is difficult to explain, delicately tiptoeing through six pieces.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Wrapped in guitars, strings, brass and reverb like a psychedelic Union Jack, he’s in full flashback mode. Arrangements conjure Sgt. Pepper and T. Rex; each song fades Pink Floyd- style into the next.” –Rolling Stone Check Our Catalog

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“Vince Gill received one of the greatest gifts of his professional life when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. One listen to Guitar Slinger, his first record in five years, makes it easy to comprehend why: he has carried the genre forward to embrace the rest of popular music [...]

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Slaine: A World With No Skies 2.0

“Slaine doesn’t inundate listeners with a bunch of hedonistic, cartoonishly decadent lyrics about “getting crunk in the club” or how much hard liquor a groupie in daisy dukes or booty shorts consumed before she stumbled onto the dancefloor; instead, he keeps it street (although not gangsta) and spends most of this effort rapping about either [...]

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Three Cohens: Family

“Their updated approach to “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans” has a distinctive modern touch and a rich reharmonization.  The Cohens also show off their skills as composers. Avishai penned the lush, moving “Family,” a beautiful ballad with a melancholy air, along with the imaginative “With the Soul of the Greatest [...]

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Michael Monroe: Sensory Overdrive

“The tempos are fast, the guitar plays ringing power chords, and the vocals are a penetrating screech, the whole achieving energy and irresistible drive.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

“The album is apparently a concept work, “based on a love story with a happy ending,” Martin claims, and inspired by old-school American graffiti and the anti-Nazi pacifist White Rose Movement: “It’s about being free to be yourself and to express yourself among negative surroundings.”” –BBC Music Check Our Catalog

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Blitz the Ambassador: Native Sun

“Native Sun is a cry of both joy and of pain that began in his roots in Accra, was forged in the African diaspora and is now fulfilled upon a hip-hop platform that stretches far beyond his homeland and transcends the idea of the conventional hip-hop album.” –PopMatters Check Our Catalog

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“The primary pleasure of the Little Willies, the uptown country cabaret covers band fronted by Norah Jones, is their ease, how they can take tunes everybody knows by heart and not so much reinterpret them as freshen them, pulling them ever so slightly toward the jazzier side.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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tUnE-yArDs: Who Kill

“Garbus sounds like a kid in a candy store, exhilarated by all the possibilities afforded to her.  She tosses jazz, folk, R&B, hip-hop and whatever else strikes her fancy into fascinating collisions that are as melodic as they are abrasive, and as globally minded as they are distinctly urban.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Just a few months after her Floetry partner, Natalie Stewart, released Floetic Soul, Marsha Ambrosius issued her own solo album. In a way, Late Nights & Early Mornings picks up where 2005’s Flo’Ology, left off, as much of it is in the vein of that album’s slow, steamed-up songs like “Lay Down” and “Imagination.”” –All [...]

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