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Monthly Archive for October, 2012

Keith Jarrett: Sleeper

“The double album Sleeper contains a previously unreleased live concert by Keith Jarrett’s European quartet from the ’70s, recorded at Tokyo’s Nakano Sun Plaza on April 16, 1979…. Sleeper offers another noteworthy document of the creative interplay between these four musicians.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Singer and songwriter Sean Rowe is possessed of a truly singular voice. …The Salesman and the Shark is head and shoulders above the work of most of Rowe’s peers, and he possesses a strong identity as a songwriter… .” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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John Hiatt: Mystic Pinball

“Hiatt is having a great run as a songwriter — on this disc, the shaggy dog stories are funny, the blues numbers are full of righteous swagger, and he can sing about love like a guy who is still learning a few things at the age of 60 (and his voice is in fine shape, [...]

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“[T]his is steeped in the thick twang that’s been at the heart of Yoakam’s music since the start, but he’s attempting more sounds and styles here…This is an album where one song in no way predicts what comes next…Yoakam has surprised by digging deeper into every one of his obsessions, creating a record that captures [...]

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Buck Owens: All-Time Greatest Hits

“Arriving four years after Rhino’s 21 # Hits: The Ultimate Collection, Time Life’s 20-track All-Time Greatest Hits covers much of the same territory. …[T]his digs deeper into pure country, adding the classic ‘Cryin’ Time’ and ‘Close Up the Honky Tonks.’ Neither one is better than the other — both are terrific samplers of Buck Owens [...]

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“It’s a little of everything that the Dave Matthews Band does. …Matthews is quite content where he is, writing songs about his family, wife, the world, and life as he approaches middle age, happy to consolidate DMB’s strengths without quite seeming settled. Consequently, Away from the World is a bit of a rare thing: a [...]

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Elle Varner: Perfectly Imperfect

“It would be restrictive to compare Elle Varner to Chrisette Michele and Jazmine Sullivan, but the parallels are inescapable. As with her predecessors’ debuts, Perfectly Imperfect sounds like the assured work of a singer and songwriter — one who co-composes and co-produces her material — who is on her third or fourth album….Varner’s delivery is [...]

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Bee Gees: Greatest

“[A] perfect distillation of the sound that had put the Bee Gees on top of the pop music world from 1975 onward….On that basis alone, beyond the appeal of the songs (which is massive), this collection still exerts a strong pull. In fact, just about the only better way to recall the era is to [...]

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Bob Dylan: Tempest

“Fifty years after Bob Dylan’s debut album appeared, we get Tempest. Since he returned to recording original material on 1997′s Time Out of Mind, he’s been rambling through American musical styles — blues, country, folk, rockabilly, swing — that were popular before he was even on the scene. Tempest continues the exploration, but more urgently [...]

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“The program features seven originals and two covers, recorded over a couple of days in 2011. There isn’t any conceptual bent to what’s here; the definition is in the humorous title — four jazzmen investing themselves fully in a set of diverse compositions, focusing on the details of collective conversation, interplay, harmony, and improvisation….Four MFs [...]

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Pink: The Truth About Love

“A lot has happened to P!nk since the release of her 2008 breakup album, Funhouse, most notably a reconciliation with her estranged husband, Carey Hart, and subsequent birth of their child in 2011. P!nk wrestles with these two life-changing events and many other thorny issues on her 2012 album, The Truth About Love, a vibrant [...]

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The Killers: Battle Born

“The great open secret about the Killers is that they only make sense when they operate on a grand scale. Everything they do is outsized; their anthems are created for fathomless stadiums, a character quirk they’ve grown into over the years as they’ve gone from scrappy wannabes fighting their way out of Las Vegas to [...]

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“Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Randy Sparks had a vision for a ‘folk choir’ in 1961, a group that would, in his words, combine elements of the Norman Luboff Choir with the Kingston Trio, and…the New Christy Minstrels were born….This 25-song set includes the Minstrels’ signature tracks and is a fine single-disc survey of the group’s [...]

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The xx: Coexist

“[T]hese songs lay the trio’s R&B roots bare, with an extra emphasis on that last word: while second albums are where bands usually add more elements to their sound to keep things interesting, the xx go even darker and sparer than they were on their debut, which was pretty sparse and dark to begin with….Coexist’s [...]

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Mocean Worker: Candygram for Mowo!

“Adam Dorn, aka Mocean Worker, has looked around at the current socio-economic situation and decided that what the world needs is a little bit of feel-good dance music. So he gathered some friends…and put together a jazzy, funky, sometimes downright humorous program that blends up-to-the-minute breakbeats, pre-swing jazz, ’70s rare groove, Latin hip-hop, hard bop, [...]

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Alfie Boe: Alfie

“Having reached the U.K. Top Ten for the first time, performed for the English National Opera in La Boheme and The Mikado, and received rave reviews for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Blackpool tenor Alfie Boe rounds off an incredible year with his fifth studio album, simply titled Alfie….Alfie should consolidate Boe’s [...]

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