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Monthly Archive for October, 2013

John Legend: Love In The Future

“This is John Legend’s first solo studio album since 2008′s Evolver….Love in the Future is among Legend’s best work, made for couples who are into one another for the long term while feeling a little daring and crazy.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Lyrics hint at disquiet beneath the surface, but so much of The Civil Wars can be appreciated merely upon that surface, hearing Williams and White ease into their harmonies as they tastefully conjure spirits of the past to inhabit the present. Ultimately, the Civil Wars are impeccable craftsmen, taking weathered elements and repurposing them for [...]

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“They’re not traditionalists — they’re not about three chords and the truth, they’re about misdirection and hiding their emotions, then letting it all spill out in one headstrong rush. In 2013, when so many bands are donning tweed caps and pining for a past that never existed, it’s kind of fun to have a band [...]

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John Mayer: Paradise Valley

“John Mayer’s 2013 album, the Americana-tinged Paradise Valley, is an introspective if somewhat more upbeat affair than his similarly country-inflected 2012 release, Born and Raised….[C]learly drawing from the deep well of country music’s past… the sound of Paradise Valley rings true.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Todd Rundgren: State

“Todd Rundgren long ago seized his status as a maverick, and his unpredictability can be as maddening as it is invigorating….State never feels forced, either in its execution or concept. Rundgren is pushing the edges of his comfort zone just enough to keep himself stimulated while offering enough melody to satisfy those fans whose concentration [...]

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Keith Urban: Fuse

“Fuse, Keith Urban’s first album in three years, delivers a slicker, more sophisticated version of his solitary demo recording process as a radical sounding change in direction. Throughout, he melds drum machines, synths and samplers with his guitars, banjos, mandolins and voice….Urban manages to fashion it all into a (mostly) working whole and maintain his [...]

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Aerosmith: Gold

“[T]his remains a pretty good, but not perfect, overview of latter-day Aerosmith, containing hits, album tracks, concert favorites, rarities, non-LP B-sides, and cuts only available on compilations.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Best known for his operas, he nonetheless created works in a remarkable range of genres: chamber music, orchestral scores, piercing song cycles and choral works….As a pianist and conductor, he understood the visceral joys of performance.” –The Boston Globe Check Our Catalog

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David Lang: Death Speaks

“Like The Little Match Girl Passion, the instrumental forces are simple: Bryce Dessner of the National on guitar, Nico Muhly on piano, and Owen Pallett on violin and occasional backup vocals. If The Little Match Girl Passion resembled a frozen, minimalist recasting of the English madrigal, Death Speaks sounds like the stem cells of Schubert [...]

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“Rush makes each song seem as dependable and solid as the earth itself, somehow mixing a wistful weariness in his voice with an underlying and unerring joyfulness, the same sort of thing he’s been doing for half a century now. That he’s still doing it as well as he ever has is a testament to [...]

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Solange: True

“[T]he songs have a diaphanous new wave via synth funk sound that is much closer to Little Dragon than the Dap-Kings. The lyrics detail a busted relationship and provide aching, wistful, and frustrated contrast to the animated and slowly swaying backdrops….This is a promising prelude to Solange’s third proper album.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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Julia Holter: Loud City Song

“[B]ask in the beauty of Holter’s voice, which is often overlooked given all the other things going on in her music….Loud City Song is Holter’s most polished work to date, and another example of how she upholds and redefines what it means to be an avant-garde singer/songwriter.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Gary Willis: Retro

“Retro’s ten tracks cover a lot of ground, offering up some old school funk, some fusion, some hard swing and a few ballads. The album also features a few covers, including the Beatles’ ‘Norwegian Wood,’ Bill Evans’ ‘We Will Meet Again’ and an old standard, ‘For All We Know,’ – a cover made popular by [...]

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Now That’s What I Call Music! 47

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“Civil War: Songs of the North collects 15 Union-centric instrumental ballads like ‘Weeping Sad and Lonely/When This Cruel War Is Over,’ ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home,’ and ‘The Battle Cry of Freedom,’ all of which are impeccably performed by Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist Craig Duncan and a small army of talented session musicians.” –All Music Guide Check [...]

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“Pushin’ Against a Stone, Valerie June’s Concord debut, is the fruit of over a decade of dues paying by the native Tennessean after three self-released ‘bootleg’ recordings. While her music is steeped in various musical traditions of the South — blues, black and country gospel, soul, and Appalachian folk — she combines them so idiosyncratically… [...]

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Kid Cudi: Indicud

“After an amicable split with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, Kid Cudi’s third official album landed on Island proper….[I]t’s an entertaining, vibrant, and artistically filling album, so consider it a ‘presents’ effort and enjoy the show.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Earl Sweatshirt: Doris

“With the 2010 drop of his debut mixtape, Earl, rapper Earl Sweatshirt became one of the main reasons the underground rap crew Odd Future went from obscurity to everywhere….[T]here are codes to crack and rich rewards to reap, so enter with an open mind and prepare to leave exhausted.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Herbert Von Karajan: Legacy

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