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Monthly Archive for May, 2012

Mayer Hawthorne: How Do You Do?

“…For the purposes of his second album and debut for the major label Universal, he’s the neo-soul singer with a gifted voice who uncannily sounds like a ‘60s-era Temptation given the 2011 ability to drop an F-bomb.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Quilt: Quilt

“Weaving a tapestry of float-away guitar sounds with Eastern melodies and languid, intimate vocals, Boston band Quilt lay out a modern take on psychedelic folk.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas

“When Cohen calls this album Old Ideas, he means not just that these are the thoughts of a septuagenarian, but that he’s been turning over these cards for a long while: sex, love, God, and the way the three can be shuffled to relieve the pain of existence. The lyrics on Old Ideas reach for [...]

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“Number One Hits does serve up all the high points from McGraw’s career, and hints at his range, making this the best overview of his work yet assembled.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“DiFranco sounds emboldened – fed up with consumer culture, war, and big corporations. Pete Seeger, who first made “Which Side Are You On?’’ an anthem, contributes vocals and a banjo intro before the song kicks into overdrive, replete with horns and new lyrics by DiFranco. She tempers her politics with tender, tightly held ruminations on [...]

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“The band’s vocal-heavy, post-disco inversions could be among the most geeky combinations in modern music, but against all odds they’ve stayed consistently and idiosyncratically cool, and that’s probably to do with the power of unparalleled grooves. Grace serves as a flagrant reminder of all the ways The Rapture can be great.” –Paste Magazine Check Our [...]

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Hugo: The Original Score

“Director Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, adapted from the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, presents composer Howard Shore, working on his sixth Scorsese film, with distinct requirements that he fulfills ably. The story is set in 1930s Paris, and it is concerned with magical and childlike elements, also taking in the early days [...]

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“The Artist is French composer Ludovic Bource’s official soundtrack to the Palme d’Or-nominated black-and-white silent movie based on a 1920s film star’s relationship with an extra.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Hugo: Old Tyme Religion

“[Hugo] sounds like Citizen Cope if Citizen Cope aimed to be overtly sexy, or a jam band child who shares equal love for Jay-Z. Speaking of Jay-Z, Hugo’s good-timing, front-porch cover of “99 Problems” from the rapper — and now Hugo’s label boss, as this is on Hova’s Roc Nation — is the main attraction [...]

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“Lyrically, he’s never been better, with the heartbreaking themes of loss on “In My Dreams,” “6 Weeks,” and “Person I Should Have Been,” the latter based on a poem inspired by the last conversation he had with his late father, more than fulfilling his ambitions of “wanting to go a bit deeper and find more [...]

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“Ashes & Fire is as close as it gets to the brilliance of his first post-Whiskeytown offering, Heartbreaker. It’s a subdued affair, rarely breaking much more than an acoustic guitar– and light-piano sweat, except on the honky-tonk jangle of the title track.” –The Boston Phoenix Check Our Catalog

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“The music on Paul McCartney’s first “standards” album, “Kisses on the Bottom,” floats over you like a light mist on a cool spring morning in an English garden as the sun glints through the haze. Mr. McCartney, whose voice is almost as youthful as in the Beatles’ glory days, doesn’t explore lyrical subtext. He trusts [...]

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Now That’s What I Call Music 41

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“In “Captain Haddock Takes the Oars,” a cue from composer John Williams’ score for director Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, a low horn plays a light mystery theme reminiscent of the music for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Much of the score consists of program music intended to underlie action and suspense while [...]

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