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Monthly Archive for November, 2015

Ellie Goulding: Delirium

“Ultimately, it’s the unexpectedly appealing combination of Goulding’s distinctive voice and the melismatic R&B bent of the songs on Delirium that makes for such an ecstatic listen.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“If he (Lynne) hasn’t written a knockout single — a high bar for a craftsman of 67 to clear — he’s nevertheless sculpted ten strong songs, each one containing a sturdy melodic foundation and dressed in the handsomest threads of 1978.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Ben Folds: So There

“The album will very likely be embraced by solo Folds aficionados, though it may not appeal to those who strongly favor the brasher Five.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Duran Duran: Paper Gods

“The thing is, Paper Gods works better because it has space for these sides of Duran Duran, moments where they seem like the coolest band to bear a synth and the dorkiest to ever chase a club trend.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“This is not just a nostalgic look back at a classic album, but Merchant fully inhabiting the material in the present tense. The depth in these recordings makes it a welcome companion to Tigerlily.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“…Montage of Heck largely doesn’t consist of early drafts; it consists of scrawls waiting to be turned into a first draft. While that’s interesting for a while, at a certain point — and it arrives rather quickly — the fascination curdles and it’s hard not to feel unclean, as if you’re snooping through your beloved […]

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Halsey: Badlands

“Ultimately, it’s all of Halsey’s seemingly contradictory elements brought together that lend Badlands such a fascinating topography.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Chris Isaak: First Comes the Night

“While First Comes the Night doesn’t break any new stylistic ground for Isaak, it also doesn’t hurt his reputation, and deftly reinforces his image as a glamorous, charming torchbearer for traditional pop songcraft.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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One Direction: Made in the A.M.

“Their songwriting shows growth, their vocals remain flawless, the production team continues to throw the occasional curveball to go along with the softballs, and there are plenty of songs that sound like the best pop music has to offer in 2015.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Fetty Wap: Fetty Wap

“Consider that the MC went from his debut Internet upload to superstar with a self-titled album all in a year-and-a-half and this is a stunning achievement, plus that rare, pleasingly unfiltered debut that captures an exciting upcoming artist with little refinement.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“… never once do the songs on What’s Inside feel in mere service to a plot. Taken on their own, they’re lively, clever, and bold, and further evidence of Bareilles’ versatility, elegance, and wit.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Chris Cornell: Higher Truth

“While Higher Truth never seems as self-consciously confessional as Euphoria Mourning, this mellow simplicity is an attribute: a relaxed Cornell creates a comforting mood piece that’s enveloping in its warmth.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Selena Gomez: Revival

“There are some songs as good as anything she’s done and the production is professional all the way thanks to heavy hitters like Stargate, Max Martin, and Hit Boy. It makes for a solid pop album overall, but it’s a little too formulaic and predictable to rate among her best work.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog […]

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Keith Richards: Crosseyed Heart

“He may not forcibly claim this ground here but that’s the appeal of Crosseyed Heart: it’s a winningly low-key record, where the atmosphere matters more than the songs, yet Richards doesn’t neglect writing tunes this time around.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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The Neighborhood: Wiped Out!

“As the black & white album cover illustration of a palm tree on a beach implies, this is surf music for street goths and beach bums with bad attitudes.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Dr. Dre: Compton: A Soundtrack

“…Compton crackles with life and spirit…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Ryan Adams: 1989

“He’s as canny a producer as he is a conceptualist, coaxing forgotten college rock sounds out of his Pax-Am Studios and treating Swift’s originals as text to be interpreted, a move that neither saves nor strengthens the originals but rather highlights the skill of Taylor the songwriter and Adams the musician.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog […]

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Shawn Mullins: My Stupid Heart

“Despite a protest song for Ferguson, Missouri, what’s striking about My Stupid Heart is how it doesn’t feel explicitly connected to its time: it draws from Americana traditions and finds new elements to explore within that vein.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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New Politics: Vikings

“The third full-length album from Denmark’s New Politics, 2015’s Vikings features more of the trio’s infectious emo and dance-oriented pop.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“…one wonders how 5SOS can get away with blatantly lifting the melody of Duran Duran’s ‘Hungry Like the Wolf,’ as they do on ‘Hey Everybody!’ The answer is by freely copping to the lift and crediting Duran Duran. In the end, though, perhaps we shouldn’t be too critical of the band’s unabashed cut-and-paste sound, especially […]

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