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Monthly Archive for June, 2013

“For those who don’t already know, the actors in the series actually perform the songs assigned them. The music is selected, directed, and often produced and performed by T-Bone Burnett and his ace studio band…. Like the second half of the first season in this series, this volume has plenty to offer fans of the [...]

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“The follow-up to their 2010 debut album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, Fitz & the Tantrums’ 2013 album, More Than Just a Dream, finds the band expanding upon its vintage soul sound with a more contemporary dance-pop aesthetic…. Ultimately, with More Than Just a Dream, Fitz & the Tantrums have made an even more infectious, club-ready [...]

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Tom Jones: Spirit in the Room

“Spirit in the Room is another solid, very welcome set of stripped-back interpretations from Tom Jones, produced once again by Ethan Johns, making those comparisons to Johnny Cash’s late-period recordings with Rick Rubin all the more fitting.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Natalie Maines: Mother

“After three years of silence, it’s Maines’ turn. Mother was co-produced with Ben Harper; he and his band back her on a series of generally polished rock & roll covers and originals. This is a singer’s record…. Maines has made no secret of her preference for rock and R&B over country, and her version of [...]

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Daft Punk: Random Access Memories

“Random Access Memories reveals itself as the kind of grand, album rock statement that listeners of the ’70s and ’80s would have spent weeks or months dissecting and absorbing — the ambition of Steely Dan, Alan Parsons, and Pink Floyd are as vital to the album as any of the duo’s collaborators…. But Random Access [...]

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Eve: Lip Lock

“Go ahead and call it a comeback, since Eve’s previous effort was promised, and then shelved, back in 2007, but this quite worthwhile 2013 album is certainly no throwback or return to form. Instead, Lip Lock is thoroughly modern Eve…. She’s sweeter than before and musically more adventurous.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Charles Bradley: Victim of Love

“The shimmering guitars, vibes, and slippery, funky snare, frame the horns which in turn accent Bradley’s absolute conviction that he’s come through the worst. Victim of Love showcases growth…while not straying from the gritty soul that established the singer; it is every bit as strong as its predecessor and more diverse. You just can’t get [...]

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“On Cave’s 15th album, Push the Sky Away, the Australian singer and writer assembles a string of slow-burning ballads that seethe and surprise, punctuated with ‘ gorgeous strings and bits of Cave’s own grabby, pervy innuendo…. Short of Tom Waits or maybe Greg Dulli, it’s hard to imagine many singers perfecting such an unlikely mix. [...]

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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9

“Dudamel and Los Angeles give this symphony a coherent and compelling performance…where the conductor’s pacing and phrasing carry the work to its inevitable goal…. It is refreshing to hear the piece played with real melodic sweep, and to understand that Dudamel’s vision of the symphony is organic, developed, intensely lyrical, and mature.” –All Music Guide [...]

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Michael Bublé: To Be Loved

“To Be Loved, is a slick and classy Bob Rock-produced affair that follows up his hit 2011 holiday album, Christmas, and once again showcases the Canadian crooner’s take on swinging pop music…. To Be Loved isn’t just a perfect showcase for Bublé’s voice, it’s also one of his most diverse and enjoyable albums.” –All Music [...]

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“At times reminiscent of the mercurial dreaminess of Cat Power’s The Covers Record or the ghostly rawness of PJ Harvey’s later work, Unknown Rooms is spare, gorgeous, and haunting, offering surprises for her established fans and likely winning her new ones in the process.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“After spending a couple of albums teetering on the edge between too quirky and too bland, Cold War Kids regain their balance on Dear Miss Lonelyhearts…. Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is more about what the band does best rather than breaking new ground, and the result is some of Cold War Kids’ most promising and satisfying [...]

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Mosquito

“Since Fever to Tell, with each album the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have challenged their audience with their changes, and Mosquito is no exception. A 180 from It’s Blitz!’s flashy electro sheen, the band’s fourth album downplays synths, programmed beats, and other gadgetry in favor of drums, guitars, and a mix of rock and inward-looking ballads [...]

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“Richey’s characters on Thorn in My Heart inspire strong empathetic ties with listeners via simple, beautiful melodies and lyrical accuracy by turns poetic and accessible. It is yet another in a string of excellent releases by her, but it’s also something more. It integrates everywhere Richey’s been yet inhabits a terrain completely of her own [...]

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“Martin and Brickell are no accidental tourists. This is a sweet-sounding album with subtle depths, not really bluegrass, but a precisely gentle folk album that grows more graceful and revealing with each listen.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Phoenix: Bankrupt!

“The rock cool is maintained through the driving beats that rarely let up; through Mars’s pliable tenor, which comes across as detached and tender; and through the surprising song structures, which can sound catchy and complex at once…” –Boston Globe Check Our Catalog

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