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Tag Archive 'Contemporary Pop/Rock'

Elvis Presley: The Wonder of You

“The Wonder of You is a sequel in the truest sense: it delivers more of the same thing that made the 2015 album If I Can Dream into a surprise hit around the globe.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Phantogram: Three

“Phantogram’s third album, the simply titled Three, marks the point where their music lost any traces of originality and charm and simply became more fodder for the pop music machine.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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JoJo: Mad Love

“… she (JoJo) rightly lets her singing do the talking, and that’s a signal of where she’s headed.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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One Republic-Oh My My

“…Oh My My is another solid record from a group led by one of the best songwriters of a generation.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Colbie Caillat-The Malibu Sessions

“At her best, Caillat feels as relaxing as a lazy afternoon at the beach, and The Malibu Sessions is indeed among her best, a pure distillation of her sunny charms.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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The Head and the Heart: Signs of Light

“…Signs of Light is the sort of album that confirms a fan’s worst fears about an indie act signing with a corporate label.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Emitt Rhodes : Rainbow Ends

“…this is a mature, introspective work from a man looking for answers to the questions of life and love, and it’s a brave and genuinely impressive return to the spotlight from a major talent.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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The Monkees : Good Times!

“Micky looks at the past not with sad reverence but with a smile, happy that he was there and happy to be able to sing about it still, and that’s the vibe of Good Times!: it was a blast to live it then and it’s a blast to relive those times too.” -Allmusic.com Check our […]

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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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