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Monthly Archive for September, 2015

Kip Moore: Wild Ones

“He’s (Moore) effectively evoked the feel and aesthetic of mid-’80s heartland rock, and if that doesn’t necessarily make him a wild one, it does make him a rebel of sorts.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Lee Brice: I Don’t Dance

“I Don’t Dance may sink its teeth in slightly slowly, but that’s Brice’s style: he lets the listener come to him and, once they’re there, he offers a warm seduction that lasts not just for a night but for a relationship.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Luke Bryan: Kill the Lights

“…Kill the Lights winds up feeling happy and generous, an inclusive record that plays to teenage desires as effectively as memories of an adolescence left behind.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Jordin Sparks: Right Here Right Now

“The result is aimed more at urban contemporary radio than at the pop format, as stressed by the quantity of sleek rhythmic productions, the comparatively forward nature of some of the lyrics, and guest appearances from B.o.B and 2 Chainz. Sparks still sounds like she’s finding a voice of her own.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Disturbed: Immortalized

“…as per usual, Don Donegan’s stellar guitar work is the glue that keeps the whole affair from disappearing into the populist ether” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Method Man: The Meth Lab

“Consider this a Meth-led posse LP aimed at returning fans, and a very good one at that.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Wilco: Star Wars

“If the noisy sense of play was meant to be therapy for Jeff Tweedy and his bandmates, it seems to have worked; it has been quite some time since Wilco seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as they do here, and handing it out for free makes Star Wars feel a bit like a […]

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Carly Rae Jepsen: E-Mo-Tion

“The excellent ‘Your Type’ is so deftly self-deprecating and catchy that it could actually be a Robyn song, while the title track and ‘Boy Problems’ capture longing and heartache in ways that feel like they were written for everyone’s inner junior high schooler. An even more consistent album than Kiss, E-MO-TION further defines Jepsen as […]

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“Southeastern was a triumph from a talented songwriter and vocalist who stepped up to a new level; Something More Than Free shows Jason Isbell knows he just got there, and is still making use of that hard-won knowledge — it confirms his status as a major artist.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Rob Thomas: The Great Unknown

“…the lightness is palpable and welcome, whether it surfaces on the cheerfully cheesy come-on ‘I Think We’d Feel Good Together’ or the modulated disco pulse of ‘Things You Said’ and ‘Trust You,’ the first single from Thomas since ‘Smooth’ that could qualify as an unabashed party” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Future: DS2

“…consider this a Schedule 2 album and lock up the medicine cabinet because Future makes it sound like the gateway to a magical, luminous place.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Stacy Barthe: BEcoming

“The album’s heart…is in its two barest songs, sequenced back to back. ‘Me Versus Me,’ a Grammy-worthy piano ballad, recalls the best of Carole King, while ‘Find It (Transition),’ heaved along on nothing more than a bass drum and a few faint accents of piano and strings, completes the previous song’s thoughts — ‘It’s still […]

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“As a stage experiment, Watkins Family Hour has thrived for 13 years, and now with a fine record to document their efforts, they’ve hit on a format that could offer boundless possibilities for years to come.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“Even with the uncertainties of a first-night performance, these musicians are itching to play together; and, as the tape traders know too well, by the end of this two-week run this group would be rattling the rafter. For veteran fans, it’s fascinating to hear their more tentative beginnings here.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Fun Home: A New Broadway Musical

“Retaining the original production’s leads Beth Malone and Michael Cerveris, the Broadway version went on to win Tony Awards for best musical, book, score, lead actor Cerveris, and stage director Sam Gold.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Rhett Miller: The Traveler

“Most of the songs on The Traveler pass muster, and a few are excellent, but it’s Miller’s interaction with Black Prairie that really makes the album work.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Buddy Guy: Born to Play Guitar

“Once again working with producer/songwriter Tom Hambridge — the bluesman’s main collaborator since 2008’s Skin Deep — Buddy Guy serves up a straight-ahead platter with Born to Play Guitar, his 28th studio album.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Imagine Dragons: Smoke + Mirrors

“Imagine Dragons purposefully cobble their sound together from these heavy-hitters of alt-rock, straightening them into something easily digestible for the masses but, like so many commercially minded combos, how they assemble these familiar pieces often results in pleasingly odd combinations. These guys are shameless and that’s what makes them more fun than your average arena […]

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Leon Bridges: Coming Home

“If he were a shouter, Bridges would likely come across as a caricature, but he works the deeply heartfelt but understated angle — most of the songs are ballads, and only a couple work up a sweat — without any sense of affectation” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Grace Potter: Midnight

“…she’s (Potter) every bit as passionate here as she was on the rawer The Lion the Beast the Beat — but what gives the album resonance is how her clever songs keep Valentine’s supremely SoCal production from playing like aural candy.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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