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“Over four previous albums, singer and songwriter Ray LaMontagne has presented as many different musical portraits of himself….Supernova is unapologetically and indulgently retro… with LaMontagne’s open, expertly crafted songwriting and breezy, sensual, emotionally unburdened signing.” –All Music Guide

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Coldplay: Ghost Stories

“If your heart is shattered and you want to slide into self-pity, turn here. If you are feeling free and want to woo a new love, turn here. If you want to just enjoy every soft, supple turn a rock band could do, turn here. Coldplay are here for comfort, as Ghost Stories proves time and time again.” –All Music Guide

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Hypnotic Eye is Petty’s 13th studio album with the Heartbreakers… emboldened or sweetened… by Mike Campbell’s inexhaustible supply of riffs and Petty’s devotion to the chorus….As a band, the Heartbreakers sound great….No myths to sell, just the idea of a working rock band reclaiming what’s left of a center-right boomer rock coalition. Hynoptic Eye gets my vote.” –Spin

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“It’s musically as rich and worldly as Morrissey gets….Recorded in France, the album makes the world its business, encompassing meditative drones along with flamenco guitars and mariachi horns. It’s as meticulously detailed as it is cosmopolitan.” –Pitchfork

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Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed

“Gaffigan has become one of the best in the business at stitching together a solid comedy set. Jokes fly every three or four seconds, some barely finished before he moves on to the next setup. Obsessed features brilliant transitions and the few call-backs feel genuine and earned.” –A.V. Club

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“‘My mom and I making a record together is something we have talked about doing for a very long time,’ Harper tells Rolling Stone. ‘I guess you could say a lifetime….It’s produced like early Elvis. Not one thing is plugged in. It’s all acoustic. I think they’re going to call it Americana, but it’s soul, California, folk rock, American.’”–Rolling Stone

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“Whether they’re exploring gentle, Brazilian-influenced harmonies, drifting folk, or psychedelic pop, it’s clear that Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, better known as the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, are on a journey of creative exploration. On Midnight Sun, the pair follow their artistic muse into the realm of fuzzy psych rock.” –All Music Guide

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“[T]he Old 97′s kick off their tenth studio album, and if this band sounds older and just a bit wiser 20 years on from their first full-length, Most Messed Up is the album where they happily cop to their status as rock & roll lifers, and this set plays like the work of a veteran band in the best of all possible ways….Most Messed Up shows these guys can commendably hold up their rowdy side while making the kind of elemental Lone Star music that still makes them a kick to hear.” –All Music Guide

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“Bobby Hutcherson’s 2014 album, Enjoy the View, finds the vibraphonist joining forces with saxophonist David Sanborn, organist/trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco, and drummer Billy Hart on a set of swinging, funky, and adventurous songs.Ultimately, Enjoy the View is an album of expansive, highly engaging music that harks back to the best of Hutcherson’s ’60s and ’70s work.” –All Music Guide

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Kelis: Food

“Food sports a cover that doesn’t seem nearly bright or colorful enough to reflect its sound — an eclectic and modern-sounding synthesis of classic pop and rhythm & blues with a lot of friskiness, some funk, and even a little twang.” –All Music Guide

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Mirah: Changing Light

“The album is full of devastated sentiments and broken pieces in the process of being picked up, but the arrangements keep it from feeling hollow….The result is an album of brilliantly charged and catchy songcraft.” –All Music Guide

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“Pushing the door wide open, Ingrid Michaelson has made her best album. She lost her voice for several months last year, so she has a new appreciation of her gift. Her voice is deeper and more soulful….She experiments with many colors, from synth-pop to funk stomp to piano ballads.” –The Boston Globe

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“Willie Nelson has been a prolific singer and recording artist since the 1970s, but the songwriter who penned hits for Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Billy Walker, and Johnny Cash, among others, hasn’t issued an album of predominantly original material since 1996. Band of Brothers ends the drought.” –All Music Guide

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“Feeling neither pent-up nor fussy, the eponymous album is handsome, deliberate, and familiar; she’s not picking up where she left off, she’s merely resuming her career, not acting like any time or fashion has passed in her absence….[I]t offers a quiet comfort for anyone who has ever loved her music.” –All Music Guide

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Pixies: Indie Cindy

“[T]his first Pixies album since 1991’s Trompe Le Monde is long overdue….Indie Cindy is free-sounding, adventurous and explosive.” –NME

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Dolly Parton: Blue Smoke

“[I]t is neither a bluegrass nor pop record but rather splits the difference, touching upon each sound, along with threading in other signatures….[T]he remarkable thing is how satisfying an album this is: it sounds good and the songs are sturdy, proof that Parton is far from resting on her laurels.” –All Music Guide

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Brian Blade: Landmarks

“Blade controls nearly every tune with not-always-obvious elements: fat-bottomed tone, strong melodic themes and an acceleration and deceleration of pace that always pushes and pulls against expectations….It’s a testament to Blade’s leadership that his fellow musicians rein in their considerable technical facility to bring all that feeling to the fore.” –JazzTimes

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“The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Violet, which follows the emotional journey of a disfigured woman as she travels from her North Carolina home to Tulsa, Oklahoma to visit a faith healer, features a New York Times affirmed ‘career-defining performance’ from Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in the lead role.” –All Music Guide

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“The soundtrack recording to the Broadway musical If/Then, features the original cast, including the show’s star Idina Menzel….This 2014 Tony Award-nominated production features engaging, contemporary pop-and rock-infused songs that showcase Menzel’s immense vocal talent.” –All Music Guide

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“Del Barber’s new album is replete with references to the terrain of Canada’s middle expanse, where he was born and with which he clearly feels an indelible connection. Prarieography is a series of stories that typically concern the restless, the ramblers, the discontented, the down-and-out.” –The Boston Globe

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