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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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Ben Folds: So There

“The album will very likely be embraced by solo Folds aficionados, though it may not appeal to those who strongly favor the brasher Five.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Natalie Prass: Natalie Prass

“Whenever the album floats upon its orchestrations or sighs along with its rich swaths of brass, there’s a lightness to Natalie Prass, a lightness that also reflects in songs that are sweetly melancholic, not sad. So enveloping is the sound that it can sometimes be easy to overlook Prass’ songs, which are as exquisitely crafted […]

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“There are no frills here but there is a distinct, compelling voice evident in Barnett’s songs and music alike. That’s what makes Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. so invigorating: it may have roots — perhaps even some inadvertent ones — but it’s music that lives thoroughly in the moment.” -allmusic.com […]

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Butch Walker: Afraid of Ghosts

“As it somewhat deemphasizes Walker’s way with big hooks — the very thing that made him an in-demand session man — Afraid of Ghosts isn’t as immediate as some of his other records, but it will suit the needs of anybody craving a record that sounds like Ryan Adams used to make them back in […]

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Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell

“Carrie & Lowell is the most harrowingly personal work Stevens has offered us to date; it also ranks with his most skillfully crafted albums despite its spartan approach, and it’s a sometimes difficult but profoundly moving work. Stevens has offered us some fine albums in the past, but he’s never made anything quite like Carrie […]

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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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Perfume Genius: Too Bright

“In some ways, Perfume Genius’ intimate, unflinching balladry reached its logical conclusion on Put Your Back N 2 It. On that deceptively gentle collection of songs, Mike Hadreas’ songwriting gained more agency while opening the door to the possibilitieshe explores to the fullest on Too Bright. With the help of Portishead’s Adrian Utley and PJ […]

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“‘Haunting’ is an overused adjective, but it still defines Mirel Wagner’s music perfectly. It certainly applied to her self-titled debut, which brought folk and blues back to their eldritch roots with songs that fell somewhere between nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and murder ballads. It’s an even more apt description of her intensely beautiful and unsettling […]

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Joe Henry: Invisible Hour

“Joe Henry has always had a knack for excellent wordplay and knows how to find great sounds and conjure great performances in the studio, but Invisible Hour is most impressive in how spare it is; there is almost nothing here that doesn’t help set the mood or move the songs forward, and in this elegant […]

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She & Him: Classics

“While the release of another standards album doesn’t always elicit cries of celebration, some artists are perfectly suited to such a task. Taking a romp around their own bailiwick is a breeze for pop classicists like She & Him, who offer up this platter of elegantly conceived cover songs that resembles the very source material […]

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Birdy: Fire Within

“While the songs on Fire Within display vocal maturity beyond her young years, Birdy’s lyrics don’t stray far from the same emotions as every other 17-year-old — love, broken hearts, confusion — and this honesty feels natural and sincere without becoming cliché. With a flurry of teen internet sensations — singers such as Gabrielle Aplin […]

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You + Me: Rose Ave

“Pop singer Pink’s country/folk album – words you probably never expected to read – came about when she found common musical ground with Dallas Green, formerly of Canadian hardcore band Alexisonfire. As You + Me, the pair explore pastoral byways, and it’s a partnership of equals….Pink, credited here under her real name, Alecia Moore, slips in a few scaled-down […]

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Jolie Holland: Wine Dark Sea

“Holland is that rare performer whose reach extends in many directions and dimensions without sacrificing her distinct core identity. Across eras and genres, tempos and tendencies, she sounds exactly like Jolie Holland and no one else.” –NPR Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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Jason Mraz: Yes!

“[I]t emphasizes Jason Mraz the sensitive singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar slung across his shoulders. He flirts with rhythms floating up from the Caribbean, he covers Boyz II Men’s ‘It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,’ he cops a bit of the Lumineers’ big-beat folk stomp, and he strums a ukulele — but these are all mild, complementary […]

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J Mascis: Tied to a Star

“J. Mascis is developing a distinct persona for his solo work, and so far it dovetails nicely with his other projects, sharing certain virtues while having a mind of its own, and Tied to a Star is another step in an unexpected and quite welcome career evolution.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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Nikki Lane: All or Nothin’

“Many young singers are stalked by an ill-fitting, virtually unshakable descriptor….For Nikki Lane, that descriptor seems to be ‘outlaw country.’…Neither word in that phrase does justice to Lane’s bold, idiosyncratic sound…. All or Nothin’ simply sounds like the work of a performer who knows when to embrace her contradictions: classic and modern, iconoclastic and approachable, country and rock, […]

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“O’Connor is pushing herself on every song here…  always with some purpose. A quarter-century into a career that has swung unpredictably from acoustic dissent to big-band jazz to reggae and dub experimentation, she continues to lay claim to every musical possibility and refuses to define herself with only one particular style.” –Pitchfork Check Our Catalog […]

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“Oberst remains an eccentric — he’s not one for obvious hooks, or even insistent melodies — but of all his albums,Upside-Down Mountain feels open-hearted, measured, and bright, the kind of record that opens up a new chapter in a career and possibly wins over new listeners.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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“The soundtrack to Divergent, the first film adapted from Veronica Roth’s dystopian young adult novel series, reflects the story’s high-tech future — in which people are separated into factions based on their virtues — in its mix of EDM and hip-hop. Even if the EDM craze had peaked somewhat by the time of the film’s 2014 release, […]

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