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She & Him: Classics

She & Him: Classics

John Paul December 8, 2014 0

The Great American Songbook is so well worn that it would take a truly stellar, outside-the-box performance to transcend the myriad interpretations currently available. With Classics, She & Him join the ever-increasing field of

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Mark Kozelek: Mark Kozelek Sings Christmas Carols

Mark Kozelek: Mark Kozelek Sings Christmas Carols

Nathan Stevens December 8, 2014 0

Mark Kozelek has positioned himself, quite comfortably, as the Grinch of 2014. The incessant beefs with the War on Drugs, diss tracks with venom usually reserved for rappers and verbally abuse of his audience

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Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)

Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)

Jake Cole December 7, 2014 0

Songs from the Big Chair is one of the rare mega-hits of the 1980s to survive today on its own merits. It is a work of surprising ambition by a new-wave band determined not

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Jon Hopkins: Asleep Versions EP

Jon Hopkins: Asleep Versions EP

Derek Staples December 7, 2014 0

For electronic minimalist Jon Hopkins, the term “cinematic” seems belittling. His ambient techno is visceral and compelling enough to exist without any visuals. Without uttering a single syllable, Hopkins tells stories, and his 2013

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Elia y Elizabeth: La Onda de Elia y Elizabeth

Elia y Elizabeth: La Onda de Elia y Elizabeth

Pat Padua December 7, 2014 0

Elia and Elizabeth Fleta were the granddaughters of Spanish tenor Miguel Fleta, and their parents supported their daughters’ musical aspirations by buying them acoustic guitars. Elia’s guitar lessons, however, ended badly when her father

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Andy Stott: Faith in Strangers

Andy Stott: Faith in Strangers

Jake Cole December 4, 2014 0

“Techno” has seemed an inadequate description for Andy Stott’s ever-changing sound for the better part of a decade now, but with Faith in Strangers it ceases to have any meaning whatsoever. A beat does

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Damien Rice: My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Damien Rice: My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Derek Staples December 4, 2014 0

Guilt, empathy, greed, jealously, lust, there are innumerable reasons we avoid telling the truth. As a society, we are even encouraged to hide behind white lies to avoid damaging delicate relationships. But at what

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iamamiwhoami: BLUE

iamamiwhoami: BLUE

Katherine Springer December 4, 2014 0

Jonna Lee went from her solo album This is Jonna Lee to the mysterious, conceptual audiovisual collaboration evasively called iamamiwhoami with producer Claes Björklund all in the same year. Lee’s musical projects are inordinately

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David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed

David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed

Kevin Korber December 3, 2014 0

From its Photoshopped cover art to its references to Berlin, David Bowie’s 2013 album The Next Day found the usually forward-thinking artist taking a moment to reflect on his past and his legacy. This

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Big K.R.I.T.: Cadillactica

Big K.R.I.T.: Cadillactica

Colin Fitzgerald December 3, 2014 0

Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. has been impressively prolific since his breakthrough mixtape in 2010, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, but he has also struggled to find a cohesive musical personality. The deep bass, soulful groove and

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