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“…This Is What the Truth Feels Like manages to be as fleet, giddy, and charming as Gwen Stefani ever is.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Rita Wilson: Rita Wilson

“Rita Wilson is a rare example of an album that’s meant to be an honest work of personal expression and a bid for larger commercial success at the same time…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“Aside from the technical feat, there are some questionable areas of taste…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“If he (Lynne) hasn’t written a knockout single — a high bar for a craftsman of 67 to clear — he’s nevertheless sculpted ten strong songs, each one containing a sturdy melodic foundation and dressed in the handsomest threads of 1978.” -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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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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One Direction: Made in the A.M.

“Their songwriting shows growth, their vocals remain flawless, the production team continues to throw the occasional curveball to go along with the softballs, and there are plenty of songs that sound like the best pop music has to offer in 2015.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Bon Jovi: Burning Bridges

“Not since Graham Parker snarled about ‘Mercury Poisoning’ has a rocker not bothered with parting niceties to his benefactors, and the venom invigorates Jon Bon Jovi, allowing him to write a nagging melody that immediately hooks under the skin and revealing just what a slog the rest of this fare-thee-well actually is.” -Allmusic.com Check our […]

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Prince: HITnRUN

“Underneath its aggressive opening and occasional woozy electronics, it is anchored by two or three songs (the exuberant ‘Fallinlove2nite,’ the recycled ‘This Could B Us,’ maybe the Graffiti Bridge throwback ‘Million $ Show’) that wind up revealing how the rest of the record feels like little more than nimble calisthenics.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Rob Thomas: The Great Unknown

“…the lightness is palpable and welcome, whether it surfaces on the cheerfully cheesy come-on ‘I Think We’d Feel Good Together’ or the modulated disco pulse of ‘Things You Said’ and ‘Trust You,’ the first single from Thomas since ‘Smooth’ that could qualify as an unabashed party” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure

“Caught halfway between a back-to-basics move along the lines of TWGMTR and a star-studded extravaganza, No Pier Pressure certainly doesn’t have much to do with the high art that’s marked Wilson’s new millennium; there’s nary an echo of the SMiLE revival or the Van Dyke Parks collaboration That Lucky Old Sun. This is all sand, […]

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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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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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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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Various: 2015 Grammy Nominees

“Issued by RCA three weeks prior to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, 2015 Grammy Nominees, like yearly releases before it, emphasizes the ‘big four’ categories. Since four of the nominees for Record of the Year (namely ‘Chandelier,’ ‘Stay with Me,’ ‘Shake It Off,’ and ‘All About That Bass’ — were also up for Song […]

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Meghan Trainor: Title

“By the time the record winds its way around to the Motown bounce of ‘Lips Are Movin’ — a single equally inspired by vintage 45s and Amy Winehouse’s snazzy new-millennial revival that’s the best song here — Trainor’s giddiness has become ingratiating, so it’s easier to warm to her considerable skill at pastiche and performance. […]

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Big Star: Live in Memphis

“Here, it’s possible to hear the band gel — Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens found a balance with Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, something that’s obvious by the group’s subsequent history, but on this spirited show you can hear the gears fall into place and that’s worth the price of admission, perhaps more than once.” […]

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“In a sense, nearly every album Eric Clapton recorded after 1970 has been a tribute to J.J. Cale. On that first solo album, Clapton cut a cover of Cale’s ‘After Midnight’ and while he was under the spell of Delaney Bramlett for that album, soon enough Slowhand began drifting toward the laconic shuffle that was […]

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Bryan Ferry: Avonmore

“On the album art of Avonmore, the record he released when he was a year shy of 70, Bryan Ferry showcases himself as a dashing young man — a portrait of an artist not as a glam trailblazer or distinguished elder statesman, but rather caught in an indeterminate time between the gorgeous heartbreak of Roxy […]

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Bette Midler: It’s the Girls!

“Bette Midler’s 2014 effort, It’s the Girls!, finds the legendary vocalist paying homage to female girl groups from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. Never one to be underestimated, however, Midler also brings the homage full circle with a reworking of TLC’s 1995 R&B hit ‘Waterfalls.’ Midler’s 14th studio album and 25th album overall, It’s the […]

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