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Monthly Archive for October, 2013

Goldfrapp: Tales Of Us

“While Tales of Us is Goldfrapp’s most consistent album in terms of mood and sound, the duo still adds some variety….[I]t’s Goldfrapp’s most sophisticated work to date, and one of their most consistently satisfying albums.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“The very face of classic Southern soul is Otis Redding, whose incendiary and passionate singing and stage presence came as close as anyone’s to transferring the energy, explosiveness, and drive of Southern gospel into the secular pop world of soul….[E]ven played through 21st century sound devices, these mixes are incredible to hear, all power and [...]

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Benjamin Britten: Vocal Works

“[W]hen one examines Britten’s output it is hard not to credit him with at least one work of genius, if not a masterpiece, virtually every year for the rest of his composing life….” –Presto Classical Check Our Catalog

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“One of the most innovative and imaginative composers of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten was a master of the orchestral genre. This extensive collection charts the development of Britten’s orchestral voice and features some of his greatest works, including the evocative Four Sea Interludes, the powerful and majestic Sinfonia da Requiem, the virtuosic Young Person’s [...]

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“In concert, Church is brawnier than he is in the studio….It may not convey some of the subtleties and shading of Church’s music, but this is an easy way to mainline the neo-outlaw singer at his hardest.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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The 1975: The 1975

“The 2013 self-titled debut album from the 1975 is a superb album that finds the Manchester outfit poised on the brink of stardom. When rock guitars meet dancefloor synths, ’80s influences become hard to deny, but while the 1975 definitely have a retro vibe (hence the name), the alchemy of how they bring those influences [...]

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“German violinist Isabelle Faust has accomplished highly regarded Bartók performances in the past, and she truly comes into her own with this recording….[T]he prime attraction of the album might be the earlier work, composed in 1907 and highly personal in content; it was written for a violinist with whom Bartók was hopelessly in love. She [...]

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Hilary Duff: Hilary Duff

“There’s silliness here, such as the hipster putdown ‘Mr. James Dean,’ but that makes the album feel endearingly adolescent. And that’s the greatest charm of Hilary Duff — it might take itself a little seriously, it might be a little uneven, but it feels like the soundtrack to the life of a smart, ambitious, popular [...]

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“[I]ts real strength is how it paints a richer portrait of the band. It’s for the listener who wants a bigger picture of the Doors without investing in the actual albums or a box set and, in that sense, this Very Best of the Doors (along with the version with the DVD) does its job [...]

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“Beautifully presented as always, the latest collection from the conductor-less choir Stile Antico is of music ‘inspired by Holy Week….’ [T]he repertory ranges from classic Gibbons for Palm Sunday to one real discovery, an Easter motet by the little-known Jean l’Héritier, with a contemporary setting of Woefully Arrayed by John McCabe in the centre.” –The [...]

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Highway Ghosts: Beyond All Help

“A masterful blend of roots-rocking guitars, ragged-but-right vocals set to rustic melodies, and other good stuff that never goes out of style when it’s done right. Echoing the late-night/early morning feel of alt-country progenitors such as the BoDeans and the Jayhawks….” –The Boston Globe Check Our Catalog

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Roy Orbison: Triple Treasures

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Etta Britt: Out Of The Shadows

“New Nashville label Wrinkled Records makes an impressive maiden voyage with the launch of Etta Britt’s CD, ‘Out Of The Shadows.’ The music veteran with a thirty-plus year career as a sought-after session and touring background vocalist debuts here as a solo artist, picking all the right material to showcase her mature, soulful R&B sound.” [...]

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Vanessa Paradis: Love Songs

“[T]his is the very first Paradis record where she sounds like a full partner with her producer rather than the singer he illuminates. While she doesn’t leave pop behind here, she pushes its envelope — and her own — attaining a diversity that we couldn’t have imagined from her previously.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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“Foley’s nasal yet emotive voice and Karp’s raspier edge would seem to be unlikely companions but the contrasts work and even balance each other out. It helps makes this a logical, perhaps less ambitious but ultimately more organic follow-up to their revealing debut and indicates that for these two, in life and music, perhaps the [...]

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“Gergiev’s Tchaikovsky is stunning in its immediacy, passion, and vitality, and the somewhat naïve early symphonies benefit greatly from his intensity and the abundant energy of the London Symphony Orchestra.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Christian Gerhaher: Ferne Geliebte

“Ferne Geliebte, Christian Gerhaher’s 2012 Sony release, is a collection of lieder by the masters of the Classical Viennese style, Franz Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven, and the chief representatives of the Second Viennese School, Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg….Gerhaher is controlled and balanced, letting most of the expression come through the melodic lines [...]

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“Now that the band has signed to Chicago’s scrappy roots music label Bloodshot, Dig Thy Savage Soul is solid proof that not all musicians mellow with age. If anything, this is the wildest, rawest, most frenetic record in their catalog….Dig Thy Savage Soul is everything a Barrence Whitfield & the Savages fan could hope for [...]

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Air Traffic Controller: Nordo

“A band’s bio shouldn’t color one’s reception of the music too much, but you’ll be forgiven for grinning ear to ear while listening to the Bleu-produced second record from this Boston six-piece, imagining songwriter Dave Munro working in the US Navy as an actual air traffic controller and dreaming up brilliant little pop ditties while [...]

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