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Monthly Archive for February, 2013

Alt-J An Awesome Wave

“[I]ts 13 tracks do for nu-folk what Everything Everything’s equally ambitious debut did for indie rock, breathing new life into the genre with an intriguing but accessible series of art rock twists and turns.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Woody Guthrie defined an era and culture in transition in his Dust Bowl ballads, his outlaw tales, his work and labor songs, antiwar songs, children’s songs, political songs, and a host of love songs and songs that touched on philosophy, geography, and the hard work of living day to day in an emerging industrial world… [...]

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“Recorded between 1975 and 1979 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and grouped here with the Violin Concerto and various famous tone poems, such as Finlandia, The Swan of Tuonela, and Tapiola, Davis’ set is still a viable contender against other packages on the market, and listeners who want lucid interpretations will be hard pressed to [...]

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Now That’s What I Call Music! 44

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“T’he Boys Are Back’ is the perfect prelude to a night on the town you’re not likely to remember in the morning, and the rest of the album follows suit with an energy that mixes in just the right amount of mirth, mayhem, and maudlin, making Signed and Sealed in Blood an album that’s sure [...]

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Gregory Porter: Be Good

“Gregory Porter’s sophomore effort confirms the talent that was so apparent on his debut. He’s developed greater technique and subtlety in his impressive singing… He’s becoming a major talent, not just as a singer but also as a composer, with a unique, elliptical style, both for melodies and lyrics, which is quite evident when held [...]

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Lana Del Rey: Paradise

“Even after selling nearly three million copies of her debut album worldwide, Lana Del Rey still faced a challenge during 2012: namely, proving to critics and fans that Born to Die wasn’t a fluke. In that spirit, she released Paradise, a mini-album…” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“As with The Lord of the Rings films, the music is lush and richly orchestral — with the occasional choir — utilizing similarly pastoral themes for the hobbits and rhythmic, suspenseful ones for the threatening creatures and characters.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“One of the most stunning debuts in rock history, and one of the definitive albums of the psychedelic era. On Are You Experienced?, Jimi Hendrix synthesized various elements of the cutting edge of 1967 rock into music that sounded both futuristic and rooted in the best traditions of rock, blues, pop, and soul.” –All Music [...]

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“[N]othing here is subpar; everything serves as testimony to Kelly’s considerable vocal chops and potent charisma. She can sing like no other yet feels like the girl next door, a quality that grounds her poppiest songs and helped her transcend her made-for-TV diva persona.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Swedish House Mafia: Until Now

“[I]t’s as fun as larks come, and for the legions of fans they picked up while spinning the Miami to Ibiza circuit, it’s a welcome souvenir.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day

“[W]hile this reunion is so unexpectedly, impossibly good that you’d want to experience this in the flesh, it also underscores the wisdom of leaving this as a one-time thing. This is so good that this is how you want to remember them: older, perhaps wiser, and still majestic.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Regions of Light and Sound of God is intriguing and quirky; its songs often pose big questions inside informal, loosely developed pop song structures that are instantly accessible yet whose lyrics are often metaphysically elusive.” –All Music Check Our Catalog

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Citizen Cope: One Lovely Day

“Though not a concept album in the actual sense, the album’s strong musical themes make it easy to imagine yourself listening to it on your front porch on a sweltering day, with songs like the titular track playing in the background as the neighborhood goes about its business in slow motion.” –All Music Guide Check [...]

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2013 Grammy Nominees

“A 22-track summary of recordings nominated for the 2013 Grammy awards, this was released a couple weeks prior to the ceremony and doubles as a decent sampling of 2012′s popular music.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Hacienda: Shakedown

“Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys has played a big part in Hacienda’s story to date — he discovered the San Antonio-based band when they passed him a demo CD at a club gig, he produced their first two albums, and recruited them to serve as his backing band for a solo tour.” Check Our [...]

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“While traditional bubu is played on bamboo flutes, metal pipes, and percussion instruments, Nabay’s brand is pure 21st century dance music… En Yay Sah is easily the most auspicious — and original — debut album of 2012.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Bat For Lashes: The Haunted Man

“The Haunted Man is more direct than any of Bat for Lashes’ previous work, and manages to keep the air of mystique around Khan that has made her one to watch and listen to since her early days.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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