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Monthly Archive for December, 2015

Grimes: Art Angels

“…Claire Boucher’s fourth album is wilder, more ambitious, and — at least on the surface — more accessible than her breakthrough.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Troye Sivan: Blue Neighborhood

“Already at his young age he’s grown too big for his surroundings. It’s exciting to hear someone so young and confident on the cusp of greatness.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Lianne La Havas: Blood

“This work leaves the debut, impressive as it was, in the dust.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“For Depeche Mode fans, this album fits nicely alongside Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion, creating that same cowboy throwback vibe without the clutter of industrial beats and synths (likewise, one could imagine the gloom and ache of Ultra without Martin Gore’s atmospherics).” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Angie Stone: Dream

“The songs on which she and Nelson make like a mid-’60s soul-pop duo help the album stand out, while the contemporary ‘Begin Again,’ featuring Dave Hollister, is one of the year’s finest duets.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams

“…under the stewardship of Chris Martin, Coldplay cheerfully embrace the cheese, ratcheting up both the sparkle and the sentiment so the album feels genuine in its embrace of eternal middle-aged clich├ęs.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Rick Ross: Black Market

“…Black Market, an album that wanders into ruminations and cooled production at will, but still ends up all slam dunks and three pointers.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Alessia Cara: Know-It-All

“Going by the level of potential shown here, it’s evident that Cara will eventually need a lot less creative assistance.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Babyface: Return of the Tender Lover

“Short, sweet, and steady at nine songs that vary little in quality and sentiment — it’s resolutely smooth, all about romance, devotion, and perseverance…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Jadakiss: Top 5 Dead or Alive

“A top-notch Lil Wayne appearance plus an unofficial Lox reunion with Styles P and Sheek Louch guesting on the LP help put this one through the uprights, giving veteran Jada one of his best and most ambitious showcases to date.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Buckcherry: Rock N Roll

“They may still want to get into your tight pants, but those horns suggest they know there’s more to life than Marshall amps.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Danzig: Skeletons

“Raw, rowdy, and devoid of any sort of studio chicanery, Skeletons feels less like a proper Danzig album and more like a home recording of a boozy late-night house show.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Luther Vandross: The Essential

“Most listeners will be plenty satisfied with this fine collection.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Adele: 25

“Make no mistake, all 11 songs are of a piece — they’re shaded by melancholy, gaining most of their power through performance — but that cohesive sound only accentuates how Adele has definitively claimed this arena of dignified heartbreak as her own.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Tracy Chapman: Greatest Hits

“With just her voice and an electric guitar, she managed to simultaneously bring the house down and build it back up again, which is no small feat, even for an artist who has proven herself time and again to be a powerful yet always benevolent force of nature.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“More than a victory lap, these sets capture a genuine moment in time, something the band strove for since the very beginning.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“…this hip-hop heavy revision has the net effect of straightening out a wild, wooly record.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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DJ Khaled: I Changed a Lot

“… DJ not only does his usual talking over tracks, but features his Finga Licking fried chicken restaurant right on the album cover.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Enya: Dark Sky Island

“While it would be unfair to call Dark Sky Island a throwback, it does manage to harness some of the power and creativity of Enya’s early days and pairs it with both the confidence and shadows of age.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Tim O’Brien: Pompadour

“The uptempo ‘The Water Is Wise’ closes out the album with some clapping beats and smiling lyrics.” –Washingtontimes.com/Eric Althoff Check our Catalog

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