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Vanessa Paradis: Love Songs

“[T]his is the very first Paradis record where she sounds like a full partner with her producer rather than the singer he illuminates. While she doesn’t leave pop behind here, she pushes its envelope — and her own — attaining a diversity that we couldn’t have imagined from her previously.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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John Mayer: Paradise Valley

“John Mayer’s 2013 album, the Americana-tinged Paradise Valley, is an introspective if somewhat more upbeat affair than his similarly country-inflected 2012 release, Born and Raised….[C]learly drawing from the deep well of country music’s past… the sound of Paradise Valley rings true.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Josh Krajcik: Blindly, Lonely, Lovely

“Josh Krajcik’s major-label debut, Blindly, Lonely, Lovely showcases the soulful talent that helped the vocalist nab the runner-up slot on the 2011 season of FOX’s The X-Factor vocal competition….Ultimately, Blindly, Lonely, Lovely showcases a passionate singer with a knack for mixing a vintage soul sound with a contemporary pop aesthetic.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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Gin Wigmore: Gravel & Wine

“Gravel & Wine, which was originally released in New Zealand in 2011, is a huge-sounding dance-pop album full of songs geared for both the dancefloor and the radio stations that drive people to go there, all big, stomping drums and kinetic high vocals about men who don’t measure up, jealous girls, and the trashy, dangerous [...]

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Camera Obscura: Desire Lines

“Glaswegian group Camera Obscura have dialed in their approach to indie pop perfection over the course of their lengthy run….Desire Lines has a… feel of a band bounding out of the gates with a renewed creative energy. Here it results in some of their best and most confident work to date.” –All Music Guide Check [...]

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Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg

“As far as debut albums go, this eponymous release is a surprisingly accomplished effort from the Nottingham-born teenager Jake Bugg….[I]t’s his sheer earnestness and rare gift for writing simple, hook-filled tunes that ultimately charm the listener.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Johnny Marr: The Messenger

“One quick listen to The Messenger brings all his signatures rushing back — the intricate, intertwining arrangements, the insistent riffs finding a counterpoint in the elastic yet precise melodies, a romance with the past that doesn’t negate the present. Marr has avoided these traits, so hearing each in full bloom on The Messenger is rather [...]

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“Despite the weighty life events that inspired the songs, this is hardly a ‘dark’ album. It’s serious and looks deep; its songs find truth in unlikely places, but they never despair….Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon details emotional and mental states in the stages of transition from grief to acceptance and looking forward; but the constant thread running [...]

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“Do You Love the Sun, the first new collection of songs to appear from Massachusetts-based alt-country/Northern gothic folk quartet Scud Mountain Boys since 1996, pretty much picks up where things left off. Warm, weary, and congenially intimate, Joe Pernice, Stephen Desaulniers, Bruce Tull, and Tim Shea have crafted a fine new set of understated anthems [...]

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She & Him: Volume 3

“Always looking backward to the sunny sounds of the ’60s, She & Him often feel like a band out of time, a pair of pop dreamers born too late to be a part of the musical scene they’ve painstakingly crafted a pastiche of with their third album, Volume 3…. Three albums (plus a Christmas record) [...]

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“It’s moody and textured, rolling out at a deliberate pace and colored in blues and greys, skillfully skirting the edges of alienation….Bareilles is such a naturally melodic songwriter that she doesn’t run much of a risk of seeming insular on The Blessed Unrest and, fortunately, the feel of the album follows the contours of her [...]

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Tristan Prettyman: Cedar + Gold

“Cedar + Gold features some of the most introspective, self-examinational, and emotionally raw songs of her career….The cuts on Cedar + Gold are both personal and universally relatable, with melodies that stick in your head and tug at your heart.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Reflective and homespun, yet nimble enough to dabble in multiple genres (indie pop, Americana, psych-folk) without ever losing sight of its traditional singer/songwriter-oriented foundation… and is as inviting and unguarded as it is wily and unpredictable.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Richey’s characters on Thorn in My Heart inspire strong empathetic ties with listeners via simple, beautiful melodies and lyrical accuracy by turns poetic and accessible. It is yet another in a string of excellent releases by her, but it’s also something more. It integrates everywhere Richey’s been yet inhabits a terrain completely of her own [...]

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Nataly Dawn: How I Knew Her

“A heady and quirky mix of Regina Spektor, Leslie Feist, and Joni Mitchell, the second album from Nataly Dawn, the female half of heady and quirky indie pop duo Pomplamoose, is held together by the…multi-instrumentalist’s gift for gab, unique phrasing, and sophisticated musicality. Largely acoustic yet peppered with swampy slide guitar, brooding strings, and gospel-tinged [...]

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“The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver gathers up an oddball team of contemporary artists with a shared love for the late Muppets/Rocky Mountains loving singer/songwriter, and lets them strut and fret their hours upon the stage by paying homage to a rich assortment of Denver classics.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Alice Smith: She

“Two of her first album’s many attractive attributes were the subtle and surprising twists in song structure and seamless genre fusions. They’re in steady supply here… She has enough skill and character to leave one hanging on her every note.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Dido: Girl Who Got Away

“Sophistication is a given, but there’s a surprising undercurrent of sensuality that runs throughout the album, a sleekness that suggests a distillation of the stiff club-soul of Elle Goulding, a shimmer that blends quite seamlessly with Dido’s sculpted songs… Halfway through, Girl Who Got Away sucks you into its sway, its comforts as alluring as [...]

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“The first solo outing from Frames leader and Swell Season co-conspirator Glenn Hansard doubles down on the prolific Irish singer/songwriter’s penchant for crafting soulful, slow burn ballads that ache like the sliced-open underbelly of a terminally swollen rain cloud.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Eels: Wonderful, Glorious

“On his tenth album under the Eels moniker, Mark ‘E’ Everett continues to follow his musical muse wherever it’ll take him with Wonderful, Glorious. After so many records it seems like E would be well past the point of any new firsts, but this is the first album to be recorded in his expansive new [...]

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