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Friday, August 15 2014

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: The Classic Albums Box

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are the missing link between Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Rhino has released almost 18 hours of the act's best material


Sinéad O’Connor: I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss

For Sinéad O'Connor, the personal and the political are one and the same. She makes no distinction, and always, always allows the two to join forces in her music.


Thursday, August 14 2014

FKA twigs: LP1

FKA twigs releases one of the most anticipated debuts in recent memory, positioning herself as a next generation pop star.


Billy Joe Shaver: Long in the Tooth

The man warbles and slides around the words and delivers them with pizzazz. He always sounds like he’s singing right from the heart. Even when he’s joking, Shaver’s serious.


Trey Songz: Trigga

Trey Songz's latest is successful not because it takes a fresh approach or carries an important message, but rather because it so effortlessly epitomizes the modern R&B genre as it currently exists.


The Raveonettes: Pe’ahi

Garage-rockers no longer, Danish duo add a variety of unexpected elements


Various Artists: The Best of Blue Note

Here's another one of those groovy, swingin', melodic and enjoyable exercises in futility.


Wednesday, August 13 2014

Bear in Heaven: Time Is Over One Day Old

On Time Is Over One Day Old, there’s always something missing, a mystery hanging in the air, yet it’s the band’s most satisfying album yet.


You Blew It!: You Blue It

Rising emo band tackles an iconic set of songs from Weezer's "Blue Album" a bit too gently.


Steve Wynn: Sketches in Spain

Steve Wynn continues to follow his muse, this time to Spain, for a couple of reinvigorating albums released on these shores for the first time.


Anders Parker: There’s a Blue Bird in My Heart

There’s a Blue Bird in My Heart is packed with sucker punches and subtle jabs. Filled with sound and fury, no final blow is ever delivered, but, nonetheless, Parker has created a knockout.


Officer!: Dead Unique

Carnivalesque pop music filtered through an eccentric lineage that defies categorization and transcends time. A good thing since it was recorded 20 years ago and is only just now seeing the light of day.


Tuesday, August 12 2014

Dilated Peoples: Directors of Photography

After an eight-year gap, Dilated Peoples are back and picking up right where they left off.


Marc Broussard: A Life Worth Living

By whitewashing lies and deceit with hopeful, sorry songs, the homogenized A Life Worth Living resonates as false.


Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca: La Rumba SoYo

Veteran Congolose singer and band's seventh album, a gloriously international affair.


Avery Sunshine: The SunRoom

Avery Sunshine makes her audience feel at home on the warm, uplifting The SunRoom.


Dave Van Ronk: Live in Monterey 1998

Although over 30 releases already bear Van Ronk's name, including several wonderful live discs, Omnivore Records has issued a new one.


Monday, August 11 2014

The Gaslight Anthem: Get Hurt

Jersey boys' fifth flirts outrageously with flamenco, Hi-NRG, dubstep and Oompah. No, not really.


Prawn: Kingfisher

Kingfisher is absolutely fabulous and a thrilling discovery.


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