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Monthly Archive for October, 2013

Stix Hooper: Jazz Gems

“[A]n outstanding creative session of mostly first takes and intimate ‘conversations’ among three minds from three different cultures. The result is superb modern music encompassing jazz, blues, funk, straight-ahead swing; an example of what the international medium of jazz is all about.” –CD Universe Check Our Catalog

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Sting: The Last Ship

“The Last Ship tells the tale of a British shipyard in the ’80s, one laid low by changing times, so there’s naturally an elegiac undertow to Sting’s originals, a sensibility underscored by his decision to ground nearly all these songs in the folk of the British Isles….[T]his is Sting’s tightest collection of songs in ages, [...]

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Elton John: The Diving Board

“Elton has been on a decade-long quest to tap into that old magic, beginning his voyage into the past with 2001′s Songs from the West Coast and getting progressively elliptical with each subsequent release. The Diving Board does indeed evoke ghosts of Elton past….There is much that is admirable about The Diving Board — the [...]

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Gloria Estefan: The Standards

“The Standards plays it by the book, choosing familiar songs and playing them in familiar ways….[S]he sings them sweetly in a manner suited to the record’s spirit. It’s designed as comfort music, after all, so it should be performed in a comforting way, which it is.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“[C]onsciously evokes past Americana, stretching back beyond but anchored there, often incorporating a harder-rocking edge….Magpie and the Dandelion underscores how the appeal of the Avett Brothers remains in their indebtedness to the past without being bogged down by its legacy.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Kings Of Leon: Mechanical Bull

“2013′s Mechanical Bull, comes as sweet relief. While still retaining Kings of Leon’s penchant toward bombastic, hooky choruses and driving guitars, Mechanical Bull feels breezier and less labored than Come Around Sundown….Having grabbed their career by the horns with Mechanical Bull, it’s clear that Kings of Leon aren’t letting it get away from them anytime [...]

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Cher: Closer To The Truth

“After half a century in the music industry, it’s amazing that Cher is still making records in 2013. That Closer to the Truth is any good at all is even more shocking… [T]he album has a fully modern sound, a large portion of the songs… are hooky and fun, and her voice, aided by technology [...]

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Ariana Grande: Yours Truly

“The debut album from Ariana Grande, 2013′s Yours Truly, is a surprisingly sophisticated and unique showcase for the Nickelodeon sitcom star’s soulful R&B vocals….Ultimately, cuts like ‘Baby I’ and the jazz-inflected showstopper ‘Almost Is Never Enough,’ featuring the Wanted’s Nathan Sykes, are bravura pop recordings that bring to mind the best of the ’90s and [...]

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Gregory Porter: Liquid Spirit

“A singer whose quicksilver vocal style refuses to be caged by either jazz, gospel, or R&B, his warm, inviting baritone utilizes them all when he wishes to….While his first two recordings revealed a major new talent with their promise, Liquid Spirit is a giant step forward artistically, and for the listener, an exercise in musical [...]

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“Musicians separated by age, style, and demographic, Elvis Costello and the Roots are nevertheless natural collaborators bound by wide taste, insatiable appetite, and fathomless record collections….Wise Up Ghost does require work from its audience, and the more you know — and the more you listen — the better it seems.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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“With each annual installment of Martha Argerich’s chamber music festival, you are plunged into a spontaneous ferment of music-making: few recordings capture so well the vivid energy of live performance.” –The Guardian Check Our Catalog

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Ben Monder: Hydra

“Together, Monder and his band create a highly sophisticated group sound that can unnerve you one minute and envelope you in ambient warmth the next….Ultimately, Hydra is a highly engaging and unique recording that ranks as one of Monder’s best.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Ólafur Arnalds has already made a name for himself as a musical maverick who skirts the edges of the classical, rock, electronic, and avant-garde worlds with enthusiastic ease, a Nico Muhly with a higher tolerance for cold weather, if you will. On his second full-length release, Arnalds moves further away from electronics to embrace a [...]

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Gipsy Kings: Savor Flamenco

“It has been seven long years since France’s groundbreaking Gipsy Kings have issued a recording of new material. Savor Flamenco, the group’s debut for Knitting Factory, still features the band’s original lineup of two groups of brothers… with guest players filling out the cast….Savor Flamenco marks a welcome return for the progenitors of nuevo flamenco.” [...]

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Arctic Monkeys: AM

“[D]ue to the Arctic Monkeys’ muscular wallop and musical restlessness, it never feels like the band is wallowing in bleakness. Instead, this is vibrant, moody music that showcases a band growing ever stronger with each risk and dare they take.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Janelle Monáe: The Electric Lady

“Equally as detailed and as entertaining as The ArchAndroid….The album is sure to astound Monáe’s sci-fi/theater-geek following. Its second half cannot be denied by those who simply value creative R&B that owes to the past and sounds fresh.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Sheryl Crow: Feels Like Home

“[I]t is no great leap for Sheryl Crow to plunge into contemporary country on Feels Like Home. Tuesday Night Music Club, her 1993 debut, could’ve been called country-rock if it had been released in another era, and she’s never shied away from roots music, either giving it a crisp, classy spin or taking a full [...]

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“There is shade and light within Reznor’s immaculate constructions, there is the ebb and flow of life, there is joy within the sheer sheets of sound. Hesitation Marks makes it quite clear that Trent Reznor is no longer an angry young man but rather a restless, inventive artist who is at peace with himself, and [...]

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“[A]nother impressive record from Johnson. The way he mixes sounds, styles, and moods on the album is, like it was on To the Sea, a nice step in the right direction; the songs are typically strong; and the whole thing goes down as easily as ice-cold soda pop on a hot summer day.” –All Music [...]

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“It’s some of her most instantly gratifying work… perfectly encapsulating all of her personas, from the erudite, whiskey-shooting provocateur to the sweet and soulful, small town crooner who sounds like she was plucked from the pages of a novel set in the antebellum north. Case has proven time and again that she has the songwriting [...]

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