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Tag Archive 'Contemporary Pop/Rock'

Sheryl Crow: Feels Like Home

“[I]t is no great leap for Sheryl Crow to plunge into contemporary country on Feels Like Home. Tuesday Night Music Club, her 1993 debut, could’ve been called country-rock if it had been released in another era, and she’s never shied away from roots music, either giving it a crisp, classy spin or taking a full [...]

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Hilary Duff: Hilary Duff

“There’s silliness here, such as the hipster putdown ‘Mr. James Dean,’ but that makes the album feel endearingly adolescent. And that’s the greatest charm of Hilary Duff — it might take itself a little seriously, it might be a little uneven, but it feels like the soundtrack to the life of a smart, ambitious, popular [...]

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John Mayer: Paradise Valley

“John Mayer’s 2013 album, the Americana-tinged Paradise Valley, is an introspective if somewhat more upbeat affair than his similarly country-inflected 2012 release, Born and Raised….[C]learly drawing from the deep well of country music’s past… the sound of Paradise Valley rings true.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Todd Rundgren: State

“Todd Rundgren long ago seized his status as a maverick, and his unpredictability can be as maddening as it is invigorating….State never feels forced, either in its execution or concept. Rundgren is pushing the edges of his comfort zone just enough to keep himself stimulated while offering enough melody to satisfy those fans whose concentration [...]

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Aerosmith: Gold

“[T]his remains a pretty good, but not perfect, overview of latter-day Aerosmith, containing hits, album tracks, concert favorites, rarities, non-LP B-sides, and cuts only available on compilations.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Rod Stewart: Time

“At this point, after years of synthesized soft rock and glad-handed standards, this is a reflection of who Rod Stewart is in 2013: he is still a crowd-pleaser, still a bit of a sap, ready to romanticize days gone by but wanting to sound modern….[I]t’s nice to hear Stewart engaged again, both as a writer [...]

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“[T]he sound is much, much better than the sound on the CDs for the regular albums, which are now nearly 20 years out of date. That sound, along with the nostalgic joy of getting these American incarnations on CD, is the main reason the hardcore fans will be more than happy to… enjoy the many [...]

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“Harry Connick, Jr.’s 2013 studio album Every Man Should Know finds the New Orleans native delving into a handful of original songs that touch upon country, pop, and R&B, with only a few jazz-oriented cuts in the mix…. Ultimately, Every Man Should Know is a record with something for every Connick fan.” –All Music Guide [...]

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Tom Jones: Spirit in the Room

“Spirit in the Room is another solid, very welcome set of stripped-back interpretations from Tom Jones, produced once again by Ethan Johns, making those comparisons to Johnny Cash’s late-period recordings with Rick Rubin all the more fitting.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Natalie Maines: Mother

“After three years of silence, it’s Maines’ turn. Mother was co-produced with Ben Harper; he and his band back her on a series of generally polished rock & roll covers and originals. This is a singer’s record…. Maines has made no secret of her preference for rock and R&B over country, and her version of [...]

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David Bowie: The Next Day

“The Next Day is designed to remind us all of why we’ve missed him, containing hints of the Thin White Duke and Ziggy Stardust… [T]he album has been systematically stripped of eeriness, trading discomfort for pleasure at every turn. And pleasure it does deliver, as nobody knows how to do classic Bowie like Bowie and [...]

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Bon Jovi: What About Now

“As Jon Bon Jovi ponders the state of the union in 2013 (he raises the question ‘What About Now,’ then proceeds to answer it throughout the album), he repeats images — faith intermingles with the military, although rarely in a way that suggests his politics lean to the right; rather, they’re just underscoring the troubles [...]

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Paloma Faith: Fall to Grace

“There’s synth pop that pulses, electro-disco that just about bursts, ballads that occasionally preen and frequently roar, and grand Phil Spector-meets-Baz Luhrmann pop that teems with florid desperation.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Both the rockers and ballads are big, big, big… Simply put, nobody makes albums like this any more.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Eagles: The Very Best Of

“There’s little question that The Very Best Of does its job well, containing nearly all of the group’s charting singles… In any case, The Very Best Of is an excellent way to get all the Eagles’ songs that matter on one collection.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“This is a very good compilation, covering many of the basics… one of the most carefully considered compilations of Elvis hits.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“[N]othing here is subpar; everything serves as testimony to Kelly’s considerable vocal chops and potent charisma. She can sing like no other yet feels like the girl next door, a quality that grounds her poppiest songs and helped her transcend her made-for-TV diva persona.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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2013 Grammy Nominees

“A 22-track summary of recordings nominated for the 2013 Grammy awards, this was released a couple weeks prior to the ceremony and doubles as a decent sampling of 2012′s popular music.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Plans for the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary tour came together surprisingly quickly, but nothing prepared fans for a full studio album just six months after their official reunion… That’s Why God Made the Radio is as good as it gets for those who love their Beach Boys. It includes frequently gorgeous charts from Wilson and [...]

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