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Monthly Archive for November, 2013

Lorde: Pure Heroine

“Where Lana Del Rey favors a studiously detached irony, Lorde pours it all out which, in itself, may be an act: her bedsit poetry is superficially more authentic but the music is certainly more pop, both in its construction — there are big hooks in the choruses and verses — and in the production, which [...]

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Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt

“On Lightning Bolt, they’ve grown into that classic rock mantle, accentuating the big riffs and bigger emotions, crafting songs without a worry as to whether they’re hip or not and, most importantly, enjoying the deep-rooted, nervy arena rock that is uniquely their own.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Arcade Fire: Reflektor

“Reflektor’s sound is lush and imaginative, but never in a way that suffocates you with the fumes of its polish. It’s limber and loose, as though the songs were performed live; the arrangements breathe, seethe, and sweat….They’ve given us something in the present tense that, these days, feels depressingly unfashionable: An Event—an album that dares [...]

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“The combination of piano and orchestra isn’t a common one on Stravinsky programs, and none of the works here is among the most frequently heard Stravinsky works….For Stravinsky’s underrated piano concerto music, however, this is a strong pick.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski has emerged as a major recitalist, with a specialty in the high virtuoso repertory of the late Romantic period. There’s a lot to like in this London Wigmore Hall recital of music by Schubert and Liszt, which gives an idea of the nature of Trpceski’s talent.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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“Claudio Abbado’s live album of Robert Schumann’s music with the Orchestra Mozart is a curious diversion from the ensemble’s ongoing series of Mozart recordings, though it shows a willingness to explore other repertoire that is less predictable for them….[T]he symphony and the overtures are rendered with plenty of emotion and the musicians display commitment and [...]

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“Always one of the most popular of Dmitry Shostakovich’s symphonies, the Symphony No. 7 in C major was premiered in 1942….The orchestra gives a committed and sure-footed performance, and Petrenko’s rapport with his musicians goes a long way toward explaining the spontaneity and energy of their playing. Naxos’ recording is clean and spacious, with a [...]

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Gavin Degraw: Make A Move

“Stuck in a netherworld of near-hits, Gavin DeGraw decided it was time to make a bold move for his fifth album, broadening his soul-inflected rock on Make a Move….Make a Move doesn’t seem incoherent as it flits between his past and present; he’s a smooth operator, happy to sell these songs with a smile….” –All [...]

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“Jackson’s foray into bluegrass seems easy and natural, as if he’d been playing it all along. Contemporary country stations might not play it, but Jackson is unconcerned. He’s earned the right to drop out of the rat race and do whatever he wants to do, and for now, that means bluegrass.” –All Music Guide. Check [...]

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Miley Cyrus: Bangerz

“[O]n every track, she sounds more mature than ever before. Despite its flashier moments, there are also plenty of ballads….Brassy empowerment jams like ‘Maybe You’re Right,’ ‘Do My Thang,’ and ‘FU’ sell Cyrus as an independent woman, and the album accomplishes that mission: Bangerz transforms Miley into a pop star who won’t — and can’t [...]

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“See You Tonight works, partially due to the Rogers-shepherded collection of cheerful country-pop but also due to the malleability of McCreery’s dude-next-door persona. That his surroundings are lighter and brighter than before only accentuates how McCreery’s happy to be here, so he’s happy to sing songs that will keep him here.” –All Music Guide Check [...]

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Bill Calahan: Dream River

“With Dream River, fans already know what to expect from the man lyrically, and it can’t be argued with qualitatively. When you place those lyrics in the context of something so subtly adventurous musically, the result is both engaging and seductive.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Cage The Elephant: Melophobia

“Cage the Elephant are distinguished by their elegantly sculpted melodicism and their eagerness to smooth their scuzz-rock -– equal parts Pixies and classic Nuggets -– to make their rock palatable to the masses….Melophobia is a thoroughly modern rock record, where all the past is alive in the present, so if you’ve ever had affection for [...]

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