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Tag Archive 'Adult Alternative Pop/Rock'

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 clichés.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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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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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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“… 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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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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Vanessa Carlton: Liberman

“Where Rabbits on the Run often felt insular, Liberman seems to float above the fray, achieving a delicacy that’s reflective while skillfully avoiding solipsism.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“…Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album winds up being as much an autobiography as its printed companion: it is not the place to turn if you’re looking for hits or even certain sounds, but rather a sense of what kind of musician Elvis Costello believes himself to be.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble

“Didn’t He Ramble shows that as a performer and a songwriter, Hansard can create powerful and satisfying work that’s up to the standard he set with the Frames, and this is a step up from 2012’s impressive but uneven Rhythm and Repose.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Joe Jackson: Fast Forward

“If this isn’t quite up to the standards of his ’80s high-water marks like Night and Day and Big World, it comes close enough that longtime fans will find plenty to enjoy, and some bits that will challenge them.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Shawn Colvin: Uncovered

“These slightly left-of-center choices illustrate the sly inventiveness of Colvin’s interpretations, how she can retain the melody and emotion of the tune while shaping it to fit her gentle touch, and if this skill isn’t forceful, it’s nevertheless satisfying and deceptively sturdy, sounding stronger with each subsequent play.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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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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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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Natalie Imbruglia: Male

“…the concept of Male suggests there might be a conceptual undertow to the album — Imbruglia finding the femininity in masculine writers — but Imbruglia chooses songs where sexuality is incidental; these are love songs that are easily retooled for the opposite sex.” -allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Annie Lennox: Nostalgia

“Annie Lennox’s 2014 covers collection, Nostalgia, finds the former Eurythmics vocalist soulfully interpreting various pop, jazz, and R&B standards. In many ways, Nostalgia works as a companion piece to her similarly inventive 2010 album, the holiday-themed Christmas Cornucopia. As with that album, Lennox eschews predictability by picking an unexpected set of songs and producing them […]

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“As always, she’s (Carlile) grounded in Americana, often straying into a burnished folky melancholy but finding space for urgent country stomps and such full-throttle rock & roll as ‘Blood Muscle Skin & Bone,’ whose hook places it in a netherworld between arena rock and power pop. None of the stylistic shifts amount to showboating: it […]

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Lake Street Dive: Bad Self Portraits

“…the album showcases lead singer Rachel Price’s resonant, old-school singing, which is still the main reason to listen to Lake Street Dive. Of course, with her band backing her at various times with harmony vocals, jazzy trumpet, crunchy tube guitar riffs, and woody jazz basslines, there’s always something rootsy and unexpected happening around her on […]

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Me’Shell Ndegéocello: Comet, Come to Me

“Comet, Come to Me, like Devil’s Halo, involves a cover of a hit released during Meshell Ndegeocello’s teenage years. Having ignited Ready for the World’s 1985 slow jam ‘Love You Down,’ placed in the middle of her 2009 album, she boldly begins here with a cold-blooded update of Whodini’s ‘Friends’ that swirls and pierces. It […]

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“He (Rice) whittles away the excess in his words and melody, then dresses the detailed sculpture in finely tailored accouterments of slightly sighing strings, strummed guitars, and a hint of forward momentum lying within buried rhythms. This means My Favourite Faded Fantasy may come on as a bit underwhelming at first but that’s the intent: […]

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Maroon 5: V

“…the vibe shifts slightly back to the soulful pop that’s remained at Maroon 5’s core since the beginning, here given an ever so slight maturation to balance the modern moves heard on the rest of the record. Sometimes, the group achieves a delicate balance between the two extremes — ‘It Was Always You,’ ‘New Love,’ […]

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