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Monthly Archive for February, 2014

Sly And The Family Stone: Higher!

“These are grace notes to the band’s enormous legacy, a legacy that is clearly on display throughout Higher!, whether it’s heard on exuberant hits that are pop staples to this day, rhythms that were heavily sampled during the golden age of hip-hop, or a vibrant blurring of boundaries that still sounds visionary. It’s that depth [...]

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Icona Pop: This Is…Icona Pop

“Icona Pop struck gold with ‘I Love It,’ a single with so much staying power that it took almost two years to reach saturation on the airwaves and charts. The song’s slow ascent allowed Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt the time they needed to craft an album with a similar mix of instant impact and [...]

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“Swapping out the sonic and mental clutter for a host of centered, unconfused rock tunes is a curveball move, for sure, but the end product is the most memorable, lasting, and relatable albums in Of Montreal’s extensive catalog, and easily one of the best.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Patricia Barber: Smash

“Patricia Barber is a crack jazz pianist, an innovative composer, a singular vocal stylist, and among the most original lyricists/song-poets to come down the pipe in 40 years….Smash is an extraordinary achievement. Here, jazz is popular music without being anything other than itself. Its depth, creativity, searing poetry, and artisan musicianship make it a peerless [...]

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Bastille: Bad Blood

“Bad Blood is a solid, polished debut that fans of acts like Snow Patrol (who don’t mind more electronics in the mix) might appreciate more than synth-pop aficionados.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Utilizing a fuller, slicker production than on Get Young, Golden Rules for Golden People finds the Boston group refining its angular sound with pop polish….There’s a lot to wrap your head around and enjoy with Golden Rules for Golden People. It’s a grower, and a long cry from a sign that the trio’s selling out, [...]

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“At their best, hip-hop and jazz remain most adept at breaking the mold, and the footprints of both genres can be heard on Vijay Iyer’s and Mike Ladd’s inspiring new album. An ambitious collaboration between one of the most celebrated jazz pianists today in Iyer and poet-MC Ladd… ‘Holding It Down’ is the duo’s third [...]

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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Woman Child

“The U.S. debut album from jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, 2013′s WomanChild is a bewitching, exuberant introduction to this immensely talented young singer. The winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk jazz vocal competition, Salvant has the technical ability, lyrical sense, and undeniable charisma to sustain a career that could undoubtedly match those of her idols [...]

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John Grant: Pale Green Ghosts

“Grant’s huge, expressive, and oddly comforting voice acts as a sedative, turning even the saddest, raunchiest, and most uncomfortable turn of phrase into a caress.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Moe Pope: Let The Right Ones In

“Moe Pope and Rain are a duo hailing from Boston, MA who dropped their latest album, ‘Let The Right Ones In’, back on January 22, 2013. The album is ‘an all original sample-free release combining hip-hop, indie-rock and electronic music.’ It features guest appearances from Reks, John Robinson, Blacastan, Julia Easterlin, and Dua Boakye (of [...]

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Robi Draco Rosa: Esto Es + Vida

“This is a fantastic album to get to know the music of Draco if you are not a Draco follower. It brings together some of the best voices in Latin music to sing duets of his hand-picked songs.” –Latino Music Cafe Check Our Catalog

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“Not so much an expansion of 1972′s classic double-live album Rock of Ages, but an exhaustive tribute to its source material… Live at the Academy of Music 1971 digs deep into the Band’s year-end four-night stint at New York City’s Academy of Music…. Although this box is not perfect — it’s hard not to wish [...]

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Gilad Edelman: My Groove, Your Move

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“Prior to the 2013 release of 12 Stories, Brandy Clark was known primarily as a songwriter, and a good one too….In her songs, Clark is tuneful and defiant, happily celebrating the virtues of weed and rebellion, but Clark never comes across as a redneck….Perhaps she’s too subtle to be a stadium-filling superstar, but the superb [...]

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Jennifer Nettles: That Girl

“That Girl is Jennifer Nettles’ first solo record since she co-founded pop-country’s superstar act Sugarland. Produced by Rick Rubin, it’s mostly a collection of originals, co-written with some of the music industry’s most successful songwriters….That Girl was obviously designed to showcase her diversity as a vocalist and songwriter, and to cross over to a pop [...]

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Mary J. Blige: A Mary Christmas

“[I]t contains a mix of standard holiday songs — a couple playful, many solemn, all dramatic. It’s a big production; an orchestra backs Blige on most of the songs. She pours herself into all of the material….[I]t’s a full-effort holiday release that many of her fans should be able to enjoy for several years.” –All [...]

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Hanni El Khatib: Head In The Dirt

“Building off of the sound of his reckless and grimy debut, Hanni El Khatib returns with a somewhat more polished sound for his sophomore effort, Head in the Dirt….[F]or all of its weirdness, this album feels more like a pop record than his debut, and… it feels a lot more put together, bearing a lot [...]

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“Parmalee is a tight-knit band consisting of brothers… and childhood friend… all of whom grew up together near Greenville, North Carolina, and what they play is rock, full of big drums and slashing, fuzzy electric guitar runs, overlaid with country vocals and themes, a hybrid that both contemporary country and rock/pop stations are undoubtedly happy [...]

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