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Sia: 1000 Forms of Fear

“1000 Forms of Fear is an appealing balance of Sia the artiste and Sia the chart-topping songwriter. To say it’s her most accessible album yet doesn’t diminish it or her previous albums; instead, it’s the sound of Furler owning her success.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“That carefree and innocent look contradicts the sound of Little Dragon’s fourth album….Recorded in the group’s native Gothenburg and evidently affected by the region’s grim winter weather — as well as Janet Jackson ballads, and maybe a suffocating relationship – Nabuma Rubberband contains little in the way of bopping bop….[T]he group’s most accomplished work.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog [...]

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Skrillex: Recess

“Skrillex finally got around to releasing his debut album, but before making any assumptions about this debut’s weight or sense of purpose, know that Recess was leaked via a video game app, a Skrillex-approved Asteroids clone called Alien Ride. Flashy fun with kinetic stuff happening all about, this good-time ride of an album is certainly suited for being leaked [...]

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Blondie: 4(0)-Ever

“Blondie 4(0)-Ever bundles together two albums, a collection of new material called Ghosts of Download, and Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux, a re-recorded set of Blondie favorites….As for Harry, her vocals are cool, stylish, and well-controlled” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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“‘Writing and completing this album was one of the most difficult and rewarding things I’ve ever done,’ main man Daniel Graves comments. ‘I set out to demolish every expectation people have about Aesthetic Perfection, and I think I succeeded. People may say the anger is gone, but it’s not, it’s just bubbling underneath the surface.’” [...]

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Kylie Minogue: Kiss Me Once

“The ageless and brilliant Kylie Minogue is an unstoppable force on the pop music scene. Long after her contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, become irrelevant, released the same boring records over and over, or embarrassed themselves in various ways, she continues to crank out inspired albums that show absolutely no dip in quality whatsoever….Kiss [...]

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Neneh Cherry: Blank Project

“Compared to Neneh Cherry’s three proper solo albums, the last of which was released in 1996, Blank Project is from another dimension….From front to back, Blank Project is riveting uneasy listening.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Little Mix: Salute

“The sophomore full-length album from Little Mix, 2013′s Salute, showcases the British all-girl group’s bright, high-energy pop music….Ultimately, while Salute retains all of Little Mix’s infectious, teen-friendly ingredients, it reveals a new recipe for fans whose palates have matured right along with the band.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Icona Pop: This Is…Icona Pop

“Icona Pop struck gold with ‘I Love It,’ a single with so much staying power that it took almost two years to reach saturation on the airwaves and charts. The song’s slow ascent allowed Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt the time they needed to craft an album with a similar mix of instant impact and [...]

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M.I.A: Matangi

“Throughout Matangi, Arulpragasam proves she’s as adept as ever at blending different sounds and cultures into a mix that is unmistakably hers, alluding to Shampoo’s bratty Brit-pop single ‘Trouble’ at one moment and proclaiming herself the female Slick Rick at another. Indeed, the moments inspired by rap and R&B are among the highlights….’” –All Music [...]

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“Ellen’s I’m Gonna Make You Dance Jams features a fairly broad assortment of upbeat, danceable music. It ranges as far back as 1971 for Aretha Franklin’s strutting ‘Rock Steady’ and is as current as 2012 with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ number one pop hit ‘Thrift Shop.’” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Britney Spears: Britney Jean

“Typically, whenever a self-titled album arrives fairly far into an artist’s career it signifies a rebirth, a moment when the musician reconnects to what’s real and true….Prior to its December 2013 release, Britney called Britney Jean one of her most ‘personal’ records, a term that carries a certain weight, suggesting that the brief album… would [...]

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Cher: Closer To The Truth

“After half a century in the music industry, it’s amazing that Cher is still making records in 2013. That Closer to the Truth is any good at all is even more shocking… [T]he album has a fully modern sound, a large portion of the songs… are hooky and fun, and her voice, aided by technology [...]

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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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Selena Gomez: Stars Dance

“Thanks to the strong songs, Selena’s reliably strong vocals, and the variety of sounds, it adds up to be another fine entry in her catalog and just another example of why Selena Gomez is one of the best pop stars making music in 2013.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Disclosure: Settle

“Cunning if not particularly novel synthesists…Guy and Howard Lawrence draw from several styles and sub-styles of dance music — house, garage, dubstep, bass — and add pop appeal on Settle, their first album…. Considering all the shrewd alliances and its polished attack, Settle seems like it was designed to be 2013′s acceptable dance album. That [...]

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Daft Punk: Random Access Memories

“Random Access Memories reveals itself as the kind of grand, album rock statement that listeners of the ’70s and ’80s would have spent weeks or months dissecting and absorbing — the ambition of Steely Dan, Alan Parsons, and Pink Floyd are as vital to the album as any of the duo’s collaborators…. But Random Access [...]

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Swedish House Mafia: Until Now

“[I]t’s as fun as larks come, and for the legions of fans they picked up while spinning the Miami to Ibiza circuit, it’s a welcome souvenir.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Daphni: Jialong

“Caribou’s Dan Snaith, is bold and direct where his main project is intricate and subtle…. At their best, Daphni and Jiaolong definitely have a vitality that some dance music — and even some of Snaith’s other work — lacks…” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Mocean Worker: Candygram for Mowo!

“Adam Dorn, aka Mocean Worker, has looked around at the current socio-economic situation and decided that what the world needs is a little bit of feel-good dance music. So he gathered some friends…and put together a jazzy, funky, sometimes downright humorous program that blends up-to-the-minute breakbeats, pre-swing jazz, ’70s rare groove, Latin hip-hop, hard bop, [...]

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