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Monthly Archive for August, 2012

Paul Weller: Sonik Kicks

“This is a record that buzzes with ideas, it’s giddy with the noise it makes, and once its initial rush fades away, it still has plenty to offer in substantive songs and sheer sonic pleasure.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“This is the first Rhett Miller solo album where he’s willing to let his country influences hold sway; this is a very different sort of roots-oriented music than the Old 97′s, built on acoustic instruments and subdued tempos that suggest folk-rock more than the get-up-and-go mood of his band.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Jimmy Cliff: Rebirth

“[Rebirth is] a return to form and just what fans of Cliff’s early work could ask for, but it’s vital too, putting it on the man’s top shelf, somewhere in the vicinity of The Harder They Come soundtrack and Wonderful World, Beautiful People.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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The dB’s: Falling Off the Sky

“Falling Off the Sky…is the first new album from the dB’s since 1987, and the first to feature the original lineup of Chris Stamey, Peter Holsapple, Gene Holder, and Will Rigby since Repercussion in 1982. On Falling Off the Sky, the four individuals make strong, intelligent, and well-crafted pop music that’s significantly less wiry and [...]

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Frank Ocean: Channel ORANGE

“One listen to Channel Orange makes it obvious that [Ocean] is as free as an artist as he is as a man. The album doesn’t have as many slyly powerful hooks as Nostalgia, Ultra, but Ocean’s descriptive and subtle storytelling is taken to a higher level.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“These spare but not skeletal arrangements — each cut is subtly colored with harmonies, slight effects, overlapping rhythms, and additional keyboards — never shift focus away from Fiona’s magnetic vocals, the human element pulling us into these songs. Stripped of all her carnivalesque accouterments, Fiona Apple remains as rich and compelling as she ever was, [...]

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“One of Hot Chip’s most confident, joyous, and danceable albums yet…That Hot Chip manage to balance their kinetic and confessional sides so well here is no small feat, and In Our Heads is some of their finest and most accessible music.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Garbage have homed in on their essence and are unafraid to revive memories of their past glories. Old pros that they are, they’re able to deliver their hooks cleanly and efficiently, accessorized in just enough ruckus to cut through the murk.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Usher: Looking 4 Myself

“With rare exception, revolutionary pop as presented on Looking 4 Myself sounds just like contemporary pop-oriented R&B, or European dance-pop, or some combination of the two. Compared to Usher’s previous album, this is weighted more heavily toward dance-pop.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“An everyday feel-good record, the kind that generates moments of warmth when heard fleetingly on the radio, at the grocery store, in a doctor’s office, at work, or even at home.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Getting the band back together for the first time since 2003, Neil Young corrals Crazy Horse through Americana, a collection comprised primarily of old folk songs — not the weird, forgotten ones scholars have excavated, but the familiar ones taught in elementary schools from sea to shining sea.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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The Wedding Present: Valentina

“Valentina is the Wedding Present’s ninth full-length album….Almost every note, lyric, and sound could have appeared on any Weddoes record of the past 20 years or so without any problem. Lyrically, David Gedge is still wrestling with the same relationship issues, sorting through the emotional debris with his usual mix of arch detachment and brutal [...]

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Rufus Wainwright: Out of the Game

“After delivering the powerful, yet stripped down and subdued All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu in 2010, Wainwright returned to the studio with the intention of returning to the ornate pop of his early days. The resulting Out of the Game, features 12 new songs that the artist describes as the most “danceable” material [...]

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Dr. John: Locked Down

“Between 1968 and 1972, New Orleans-cum-L.A. session musician Mac Rebennack transformed himself into Dr. John, The Nite Tripper. He recorded a series of albums for Atlantic, most importantly Gris-Gris, but also Babylon, Remedies, and The Sun, Moon, & Herbs; they seamlessly wove a heady, swampy brew of voodoo ritual, funk, and R&B, psychedelic rock, and [...]

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