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Monthly Archive for May, 2013

Mika: The Origin of Love

“Mika has flirted with dance music and electronic sounds since Life in Cartoon Motion, but on The Origin of Love he commits to it in a much bigger way…The album’s other highlights show that he’s still a keen and witty singer/songwriter, especially when it comes to love’s more confusing aspects.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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“This album, In Time, is…a further step away from anything resembling a mainstream country release, incorporating not only the Tex-Mex and Cuban influences the band was known for, but also the rhythms of polkas, tangos, and all manner of approaches, making them closer to a band like Los Lobos than to Tim McGraw or Jason [...]

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“Along with co-producer Jerome ‘J-Roc’ Harmon and fellow songwriter James Fauntleroy, the Tims have made a refined and distended follow-up to FutureSex/LoveSounds… [A] pleasant and grown release from a charismatic entertainer.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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David Bowie: The Next Day

“The Next Day is designed to remind us all of why we’ve missed him, containing hints of the Thin White Duke and Ziggy Stardust… [T]he album has been systematically stripped of eeriness, trading discomfort for pleasure at every turn. And pleasure it does deliver, as nobody knows how to do classic Bowie like Bowie and [...]

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Rhye: Woman

“In 2010, Mike Milosh flew to Denmark to work on a Quadron remix with that duo’s Robin Hannibal. The collaboration grew into another duo, named Rhye… [A]n ideal fusion of the two instrumentalists and producers, whose sound is enhanced — never overstuffed — with horns, woodwinds, and strings, including harp. Tempos rarely break a breezy [...]

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Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels

“The surprising thing about this set is not the sound quality (which is exceptional) or that these all sound like finished tracks, but the fact that even avid Hendrix bootleg collectors are unlikely to have heard most of this material… People, Hell and Angels certainly isn’t the place to start your Hendrix collection, but collectors [...]

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Charlie Winston: Running Still

“A virtual unknown in his English homeland but a chart-topping star across the Channel, Cornwall singer/songwriter Charlie Winston followed up his number one sophomore album, Hobo, with an equally eclectic third effort inspired by the likes of Nick Cave, Steve Reich, and Jacques Brel.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“The first solo outing from Frames leader and Swell Season co-conspirator Glenn Hansard doubles down on the prolific Irish singer/songwriter’s penchant for crafting soulful, slow burn ballads that ache like the sliced-open underbelly of a terminally swollen rain cloud.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Eels: Wonderful, Glorious

“On his tenth album under the Eels moniker, Mark ‘E’ Everett continues to follow his musical muse wherever it’ll take him with Wonderful, Glorious. After so many records it seems like E would be well past the point of any new firsts, but this is the first album to be recorded in his expansive new [...]

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“Luke Bryan’s Spring Break…Here to Party is a soundtrack for a rollicking, rowdy spring break… [T]his is just breezy fun, a collection of cheerful drinking songs that never threaten to careen out of control.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Bon Jovi: What About Now

“As Jon Bon Jovi ponders the state of the union in 2013 (he raises the question ‘What About Now,’ then proceeds to answer it throughout the album), he repeats images — faith intermingles with the military, although rarely in a way that suggests his politics lean to the right; rather, they’re just underscoring the troubles [...]

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