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Monthly Archive for August, 2013

Marc Anthony: 3.0

“Until 3.0, Marc Anthony hadn’t recorded an original salsa album since 2004′s Valio la Pena….[A] solid, passionate — and long overdue — return by the great salsero to the roots music that established his career.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Hanson: Anthem

“They’re… fond of the clean, sharp corners, the snappy bombast of synthesized horns, crisply phrased soul riffs adapted from the Jackson 5; they can play and want you to know it….[T]hey’re talented craftsman with an innate ear for pleasing pop hooks.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Future Bible Heroes: Partygoing

“It’s been ten years since the last Future Bible Heroes album, but for those in the know, it’s hardly felt like a drought, as the group is merely a re-skinned version of ultra-prolific songwriter Stephin Merritt’s myriad other outlets, which include Magnetic Fields, Gothic Archies, and the 6ths….[F]ew songwriters can capture the bleak comedy of [...]

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Tristan Prettyman: Cedar + Gold

“Cedar + Gold features some of the most introspective, self-examinational, and emotionally raw songs of her career….The cuts on Cedar + Gold are both personal and universally relatable, with melodies that stick in your head and tug at your heart.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Reflective and homespun, yet nimble enough to dabble in multiple genres (indie pop, Americana, psych-folk) without ever losing sight of its traditional singer/songwriter-oriented foundation… and is as inviting and unguarded as it is wily and unpredictable.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Termed a ‘Southern gothic musical,’ Ghost Brothers of Darkland County was scripted by novelist Stephen King with the music coming from maverick heartland rocker John Mellencamp, a collaboration a bit left-field for both artists. This set includes Mellencamp’s songs interspersed with key dialogue from King’s libretto….They… may well be among the best Mellencamp has ever [...]

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Kelly Rowland: Talk A Good Game

“Kelly Rowland had moderate early success as a solo artist, but her releases seemed reactive to the climate of contemporary R&B — like she was either struggling to find her own voice, or was stifled by the industry. Just as it seemed like she might be neglected for good, the Top 20 Hot 100 hit [...]

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“Marling is an old soul through and through, and her remarkably timeless voice, idiosyncratic lyrics, and increasingly impressive guitar chops help to elevate the album’s less immediate moments, and while some may argue that her increasingly Americanized, Pacific coast folk-pop can feel a little like fan fiction, it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable to [...]

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“The full-length debut album from Los Angeles’ Capital Cities, 2013′s In a Tidal Wave of Mystery is an infectious mix of synth-heavy dance pop….[T]he album brings to mind the early, innovative electronic music of artists who were earnestly taken with the explicitly computer-generated sounds of the modern wonder that was the synthesizer, like Level 42 [...]

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“Modern Vampires’ quieter approach also showcases what might be most enduring about Vampire Weekend’s music — endearing melodies and carefully crafted lyrics….Modern Vampires of the City is more thoughtful than it is dark, balancing its more serious moments with a lighter touch and more confidence than they’ve shown before. Even if Koenig and company fear [...]

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