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Tag Archive 'Contemporary Singer/Songwriter'

Amos Lee-Spirit

“…Spirit…feels like a new beginning, with Lee bringing more of his contemporary R&B and ’70s soul influences to the fore.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Sting: 57th & 9th

“…through its modest nature, 57th & 9th stands as a testament to Sting’s inherent gifts as a songwriter and record-maker.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Lydia Loveless: Real

“…at her best, she’s (Loveless) quite simply as good and as brave a singer and songwriter as anyone working today, and Real finds her at the top of her game.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Jennifer Nettles: Playing with Fire

“…each song plays upon a distinctive mood but, added together, it provides a portrait of a sharp, savvy country diva.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“…The Things That We Are Made Of is a powerful collection that bridges two poles of existential tension: the past and the present with the future, ever uncertain, looming beyond our grasp.” Check our Catalog

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Tanita Tikaram: Closer to the People

“…Closer to the People works well as a mood album — the quiet, sophisticated veneer is sustained from beginning to end — but the album is rewarding with closer attention, attention that reveals the details in both the arrangements and writing.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“Goin’ Your Way catches two top-notch artists in grand form, giving their best for their fans and seemingly having a lot of fun doing it, and this is an engaging souvenir of an inspired meeting of the smart pop minds.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Patty Griffin: Servant of Love

“Servant of Love is an album that needs a few spins to be fully appreciated, but it’s as sincere, heartfelt, and artful as anything Griffin has released to date, and if the form may seem elusive to some listeners, the content is powerful and satisfying, a reminder of why Patty Griffin is one of our […]

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Ray Lamontagne: Ouroboros

“Ouroboros is a deliberate work of album rock, something the songwriter concedes in a punchline-like lyric near the end of the closer: ‘Never gonna hear this song on the radio.’” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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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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