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John Prine: For Better, Or Worse

“…For Better, or Worse shows John Prine hasn’t lost his spirit as a performer.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Alicia Keys: Here

“These songs, like a fair portion of the album’s remainder, are not lacking in energy or conviction, but they’re raw as in crude.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Norah Jones-Day Breaks

“Jones’ originals feel as elegant as time-honored standards, and all her covers feel fresh.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Pete Yorn-Arrangingtime

“On this record, Yorn seems to master mood more than tune, but that winds up being to his benefit.” -Allmusic.com Listen Now

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Bella Hardy: With the Dawn

“If With the Dawn follows a well-trodden path of break-up albums, its phrasing and musicality make it more sophisticated than most.” -The Guardian UK Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“…B’lieve I’m Goin Down… is an impeccably arranged album beneath its soothing, sleepy surface, with every element assisting in an illusion of deep, shimmering, and alluring melancholy.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Bonnie Raitt: Dig In Deep

“…Raitt is now in full control of her career, delivering consistently great music as a result.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Peter Case: HWY 62

“HWY 62 finds Peter Case rockin’ the blues a little bit and singing with serious heart, soul, and wisdom all the time, and nearly three decades into his solo career he remains one of our best and most compelling singer/songwriters, with this album as proof.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Shawn Mullins: My Stupid Heart

“Despite a protest song for Ferguson, Missouri, what’s striking about My Stupid Heart is how it doesn’t feel explicitly connected to its time: it draws from Americana traditions and finds new elements to explore within that vein.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“Here, Giddens expands upon the neo-string band of the Carolina Chocolate Drops by crafting an abbreviated and fluid history of 20th century roots music — along with the older forms that informed it — concentrating on songs either written or popularized by female musicians. As a torchbearer, not a revivalist, Giddins isn’t concerned with replicating […]

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Bob Dylan: Shadows in the Night

“Shadows in the Night finds the songwriter whose work marks the divide where artists were expected to pen their own material finding sustenance in the Great American Songbook, with every one of its songs recorded at some point by Frank Sinatra. Its songs are old and Shadows in the Night is appropriately a defiantly old-fashioned […]

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“‘Haunting’ is an overused adjective, but it still defines Mirel Wagner’s music perfectly. It certainly applied to her self-titled debut, which brought folk and blues back to their eldritch roots with songs that fell somewhere between nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and murder ballads. It’s an even more apt description of her intensely beautiful and unsettling […]

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Billy Joel: The Essential Billy Joel

“…for the most part, this has every one of Joel’s heavy-hitters, and his craftsmanship, both as a songsmith and record maker, has never shone brighter. The biggest fault is that there is a notable drop-off in quality after 1986’s The Bridge (which ends midway through disc two), but even so, this is as good a […]

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Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems

“As always, Cohen’s songs — delivered in his deepest earth rasp — offer protagonists who are ambivalent spiritual seekers, lusty, commitment-phobic lovers, and jaded, untrusting / untrustworthy world citizens. He is them, they are him: strangers hiding in plain sight….Popular Problems reveals that at 80, Cohen not only has plenty left in the tank, but […]

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“Jesse Winchester[‘s] songs were covered by everyone from Elvis Costello to Emmylou Harris. Winchester died of cancer in April, but not before making this superb final album… taking us through a whole gamut of emotions on this proud climax to a great career.” –Boston Globe Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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“Not so much an expansion of 1972’s classic double-live album Rock of Ages, but an exhaustive tribute to its source material… Live at the Academy of Music 1971 digs deep into the Band’s year-end four-night stint at New York City’s Academy of Music…. Although this box is not perfect — it’s hard not to wish […]

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“These tracks feel much more like an album of alternate versions than a typical live recording. The intimacy and raw beauty of Live at the Cellar Door makes it not just a must for super fans, but a valuable companion piece to any of Young’s early studio output.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Given how infrequently she records, a new album from Linda Thompson is always an event. Won’t Be Long Now is her first album in six years. The set’s contents reveal an artist fully in the moment, who understands the importance of the present and doesn’t hold anything back….Won’t Be Long Now is, as has proven […]

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“Rush makes each song seem as dependable and solid as the earth itself, somehow mixing a wistful weariness in his voice with an underlying and unerring joyfulness, the same sort of thing he’s been doing for half a century now. That he’s still doing it as well as he ever has is a testament to […]

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“Richey’s characters on Thorn in My Heart inspire strong empathetic ties with listeners via simple, beautiful melodies and lyrical accuracy by turns poetic and accessible. It is yet another in a string of excellent releases by her, but it’s also something more. It integrates everywhere Richey’s been yet inhabits a terrain completely of her own […]

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