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Tag Archive 'Adult Contemporary'

Steve Winwood: Back in the High Life

“Turning to involved percussion tracks and horns, Winwood turns another musical corner on this sophisticated album…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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The Pretenders: Alone

“Attitude counts for a lot with Chrissie Hynde, but the true appeal of Alone is how it marries solid songwriting with a sympathetic, surprising production, all of which amounts to a very satisfying Pretenders album.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Josh Kelley-New Lane Road

“New Lane Road is a few steps short of a triumph for Josh Kelley. But it’s strong and well-crafted enough to sound like he’s found a direction that works for him, and this ranks with the singer and songwriter’s best work.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Paul Simon: Stranger to Stranger

“…Simon seems at peace on Stranger to Stranger, acknowledging the twilight yet not running toward it because there’s so much to experience in the moment.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Cyndi Lauper : Detour

“…if it’s taken as a collection of performances and not a coherent record, it’s fun.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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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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Carrie Underwood: Storyteller

“…Storyteller is no small album: it demands attention and it deserves it, too.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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James Taylor: Before This World

“…a record as relaxed as the average James Taylor album but one that’s also riskier and richer, the right album for him to make at this date.” -allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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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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Madonna: Rebel Heart

“Rebel Heart was introduced to the world with an indiscipline uncharacteristic of Madonna. Blame it on hackers who rushed out a clutch of unfinished tracks at the end of 2014, a few months before the record’s scheduled spring release. Madonna countered by putting six full tracks up on a digital service, a move that likely […]

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Mark Knopfler: Tracker

“Scaled smaller than 2012’s double-album Privateering, Tracker also feels suitably subtle, easing its way into being instead of announcing itself with a thunder. Such understatement is typical of Mark Knopfler, particularly in the third act of his career. When he left Dire Straits behind, he also left behind any semblance of playing for the cheap […]

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Kelly Clarkson: Piece by Piece

“These cuts, along with the title track, manage to strike the right balance of Kelly’s indomitable character and fresh electronic beats but overall Piece by Piece sounds a shade too desperate, which means it winds up having the opposite effect than intended: instead of sounding like a new start, Clarkson sounds a little bit behind […]

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Billy Joel: The Essential Billy Joel

“…for the most part, this has every one of Joel’s heavy-hitters, and his craftsmanship, both as a songsmith and record maker, has never shone brighter. The biggest fault is that there is a notable drop-off in quality after 1986’s The Bridge (which ends midway through disc two), but even so, this is as good a […]

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Taylor Swift: 1989

“When Taylor Swift decides to do something, the girl really knows how to overdo it. So on her fifth album, when she indulges her crush on Eighties synth-pop, she goes full blast….Deeply weird, feverishly emotional, wildly enthusiastic, 1989 sounds exactly like Taylor Swift, even when it sounds like nothing she’s ever tried before.” –Rolling Stone Check Our Catalog

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Sam Smith: In the Lonely Hour

“Disclosure’s loping dance-pop single ‘Latch,’ a number 11 U.K. hit in 2012, introduced Sam Smith, a London-born vocalist with a deeply emotive voice….This is an understated and promising first step from an unpredictable and distinctive talent.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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Jennifer Lopez: A.K.A.

“[T]his record attempts to push J-Lo further into modern dance, by having her duet with T.I., Pitbull, and Rick Ross, not to mention Iggy Azalea….A bit more of A.K.A. is devoted to this cacophonic attack than usual… and while that’s a heavy indication of how Lopez wants to rebrand herself for 2014, the sound also […]

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“[I]t’s lush and melodic but also barbed, sometimes seeming dissonant but often consoling, its soothing qualities eventually turning disturbing. This has long been Amos’ calling card, this shimmering space between comfort and pain, but Unrepentant Geraldines trumps its predecessors by accentuating its polarity… and either extreme is compelling.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen […]

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Shakira: Shakira

“Shakira is the rare pop star who can pull an album together through sheer force of personality. Whatever the setting, she not only sounds comfortable, she sounds powerful, and that goes a long way toward making Shakira a nice state-of-the-art pop album for America and the rest of the world.” –All Music Guide Check Our […]

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Ruben Studdard: Unconditional Love

“This is a pleasingly straightforward set, dominated by covers, that plays to Studdard’s strength as a mature, romantic balladeer….An enjoyable, comfortable release from the singer, Unconditional Love is quite possibly his best work yet.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Jennifer Nettles: That Girl

“That Girl is Jennifer Nettles’ first solo record since she co-founded pop-country’s superstar act Sugarland. Produced by Rick Rubin, it’s mostly a collection of originals, co-written with some of the music industry’s most successful songwriters….That Girl was obviously designed to showcase her diversity as a vocalist and songwriter, and to cross over to a pop […]

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