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Monthly Archive for March, 2013

“To give listeners a clear idea of this critically acclaimed conductor’s range and versatility, short pieces and movements from larger works have been selected from seven CDs to highlight his repertoire on Discoveries… Conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Vienna Philharmonic, he shows his [...]

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José James: No Beginning No End

“The dozen songs on offer here continually contrast aspects of James’ seemingly limitless musical persona: from funky neo-soul to elegant balladry to adventurous pop and R&B… Here he not only blurs the boundaries of the various genres he examines, but extends them; in the process, he creates a beguiling, sophisticated, important music that is his [...]

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DIIV: Oshin

“Oshin was released by Captured Tracks and bears all the hallmarks of that label’s quintessential sound: jangly guitars, winsome vocals, cavernous reverb, and an overall murky, underwater production aesthetic. Oshin is a pleasant listen, especially for anyone partial to Beach Fossils or the Captured Tracks sound in general.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Jeremy Denk: Ligeti; Beethoven

“American pianist Jeremy Denk is emerging as his generation’s Alfred Brendel, offering cerebral but not dry programs and performances informed by a deep structural grasp of the piano literature… This fine release offers an excellent introduction to his work.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“After his widely praised recordings of Schubert’s late piano sonatas, British pianist Paul Lewis returns with another two-disc box covering the Wanderer-Fantasie in C major, Op. 15, the Piano Sonata in A minor, D. 845, and two sets of smaller works… Strongly recommended, as usual with this intelligent player.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Eagles: The Very Best Of

“There’s little question that The Very Best Of does its job well, containing nearly all of the group’s charting singles… In any case, The Very Best Of is an excellent way to get all the Eagles’ songs that matter on one collection.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“This is a very good compilation, covering many of the basics… one of the most carefully considered compilations of Elvis hits.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Grimes: Visions

“Though the term ‘witch house’ is often thrown around too loosely (and often derisively), Grimes’ wispy vocals and four-on-the-floor beats are probably the closest to what the style would sound like if its name were taken literally… Fresh and surprisingly accessible despite its quirks, Visions is bewitching.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“The Cherry Thing features vocalist and songwriter Neneh Cherry fronting the brilliant, provocative Scandinavian the Thing… The Cherry Thing is a collaboration whose immediacy, dynamic, and motion are organic; its creative originality singular. It unabashedly and nakedly displays its seams and inspirations. It is a serious contender for any representative year-end list.” –All Music Guide Check [...]

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“There isn’t a note out of place anywhere, even though the band is adventurous and skews off in any direction imaginable within the arrangements of the songs. This is a wonderful album, full of great players playing like the best back-porch string ensemble one is likely to hear, and with Tornfelt’s vocals giving things a [...]

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“The lean, no-nonsense attack and baritone crooning found on 2012′s Children of Desire might make it seem like Merchandise would be more comfortable in the ’80s Manchester scene than in their home stomping grounds of Tampa, Florida. But then, a statement like that is oversimplifying the depth of this record… They have no gimmicks to [...]

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“This musical hookup between these two experienced roots artists who have more in common than it seems at first glance, is a natural evolution for both… Get Up! earns its titular exclamation point as a successful combination of two talented veterans feeding off each other’s dusky, creative spirit.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Working in traditional instrumentation from the protagonist’s native India, while maintaining an accessible, emotional center, Danna stays true to the story’s spiritual underpinnings, resulting in a moving yet unassuming score that supports the film’s lush visuals without resorting to bombast.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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A$AP Rocky: Long.Live.A$AP

“A$AP Rocky comes off as rap’s Jim Morrison, offering an accessible, attractive, and brutish journey into darkness while remaining true to his spirit.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Put Your Back N 2 It shows how much Hadreas learned from Learning: it’s more confident but still subversive, like the work of someone who’s come through troubles stronger and can comfort others… Hadreas is as brave an artist as ever, and Put Your Back N 2 It is a heartening follow-up in so many [...]

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Killer Mike: R.A.P. Music

“Steeped in tradition but always looking for a better tomorrow, rapper Killer Mike already had an incredibly strong discography before R.A.P. Music landed, but here he hits harder than any of his fans could have hoped… Revolutionary stuff and absolutely no fluff, R.A.P. Music is outstanding.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“South African-born historical-performance specialist Kristian Bezuidenhout uses unusual microphone placement in this recording of two of Mozart’s mature and very frequently recorded concertos, and the effect is certainly different enough to justify yet another version.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Tarantino relies on selections from spaghetti Westerns, including the theme from 1966′s exploitation classic Django (quite explicitly the inspiration for QT’s titular character), ’70s funk and pop, ’60s exotica, heaps of quoted film scores, and a hefty dose of new songs that deftly tweak these very sounds… It spans decades and styles but it’s held [...]

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