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Tag Archive 'Contemporary Singer/Songwriter'

Lianne La Havas: Blood

“This work leaves the debut, impressive as it was, in the dust.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“This is not just a nostalgic look back at a classic album, but Merchant fully inhabiting the material in the present tense. The depth in these recordings makes it a welcome companion to Tigerlily.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“… never once do the songs on What’s Inside feel in mere service to a plot. Taken on their own, they’re lively, clever, and bold, and further evidence of Bareilles’ versatility, elegance, and wit.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Vanessa Carlton: Liberman

“Where Rabbits on the Run often felt insular, Liberman seems to float above the fray, achieving a delicacy that’s reflective while skillfully avoiding solipsism.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Judy Collins: Strangers Again

“When Willie Nelson’s timeless cracked tenor interweaves with Collins’ dreamy musings on the moody, banjo-led ‘When I Go,’ it’s the sound of two interpretive masters doing what they do best.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“…Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album winds up being as much an autobiography as its printed companion: it is not the place to turn if you’re looking for hits or even certain sounds, but rather a sense of what kind of musician Elvis Costello believes himself to be.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble

“Didn’t He Ramble shows that as a performer and a songwriter, Hansard can create powerful and satisfying work that’s up to the standard he set with the Frames, and this is a step up from 2012’s impressive but uneven Rhythm and Repose.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Joe Jackson: Fast Forward

“If this isn’t quite up to the standards of his ’80s high-water marks like Night and Day and Big World, it comes close enough that longtime fans will find plenty to enjoy, and some bits that will challenge them.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Matt Nathanson: Show Me Your Fangs

“…longtime Nathanson fans will also be happy to find that he hasn’t abandoned his singer/songwriter soul, and tracks like the confessional ‘Washington State Fight Song’ and the sweetly fantastical ‘Bill Murray,’ in which he dreams that he and the ghostbustin’ actor take a bonding road trip ‘from Boston to Japan/Blasting old Van Halen,’ retain all […]

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Don Henley: Cass County

“…the nice thing about the record is that he’s not calling attention to himself, not in the way he did when he loaded up albums with somber six-minute anthems.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Shawn Colvin: Uncovered

“These slightly left-of-center choices illustrate the sly inventiveness of Colvin’s interpretations, how she can retain the melody and emotion of the tune while shaping it to fit her gentle touch, and if this skill isn’t forceful, it’s nevertheless satisfying and deceptively sturdy, sounding stronger with each subsequent play.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“As a stage experiment, Watkins Family Hour has thrived for 13 years, and now with a fine record to document their efforts, they’ve hit on a format that could offer boundless possibilities for years to come.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Grace Potter: Midnight

“…she’s (Potter) every bit as passionate here as she was on the rawer The Lion the Beast the Beat — but what gives the album resonance is how her clever songs keep Valentine’s supremely SoCal production from playing like aural candy.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Melody Gardot: Currency of Man

“…Gardot is stronger than ever here, her instrument is bigger and fuller yet it retains that spectral smokiness that is her trademark. Currency of Man is a further step away from the lithe, winsome pop-jazz that garnered her notice initially, and it’s a welcome one.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Natalie Imbruglia: Male

“…the concept of Male suggests there might be a conceptual undertow to the album — Imbruglia finding the femininity in masculine writers — but Imbruglia chooses songs where sexuality is incidental; these are love songs that are easily retooled for the opposite sex.” -allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Mark Knopfler: Tracker

“Scaled smaller than 2012’s double-album Privateering, Tracker also feels suitably subtle, easing its way into being instead of announcing itself with a thunder. Such understatement is typical of Mark Knopfler, particularly in the third act of his career. When he left Dire Straits behind, he also left behind any semblance of playing for the cheap […]

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“As always, she’s (Carlile) grounded in Americana, often straying into a burnished folky melancholy but finding space for urgent country stomps and such full-throttle rock & roll as ‘Blood Muscle Skin & Bone,’ whose hook places it in a netherworld between arena rock and power pop. None of the stylistic shifts amount to showboating: it […]

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“The New Basement Tapes recorded Lost on the River in a real studio fully aware there was an audience awaiting their output, an attitude that’s the polar opposite of the ramshackle joshing around of the original Basement Tapes. Thankfully, nobody involved with Lost on the River contrives to replicate either the sound or feel of […]

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“Then Came the Morning reveals so much growth it’s hard to believe this is only the Lone Bellow’s second album. This trio pulls off a chosen weave of hybrid roots sounds with seeming ease, passion, and verve. No one else performing Americana or crossover country music attempts anything like it, leaving the trio in its […]

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“Terraplane is the most relaxed and least fussed-over album Earle has made in quite some time, and frankly, he sounds like he’s having a ball on these sessions; with rare exceptions, this isn’t music that ponders the dark night of the soul, but semi-acoustic roadhouse boogie that rocks with a steady roll and gives Earle […]

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