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The 60 Best Albums of 2007

From tech house to Radiohead and Americana to indie and everything in between, the 60 best albums of 2007 included many of the 2000s' best albums.

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry's Video Playlist

Brooklyn Academy of Music will host new music fest, May 3 - 5

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Beirut: 29 October 2011 - Austin, TX

Zach Condon listens to his bandmates with the keen ear of a conductor.

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Beirut: The Rip Tide

By removing many of the worldly influences that made its early efforts so unique and refreshing, Beirut has fallen into a generic and uninspiring funk.

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Beirut / Realpeople: March of the Zapotec / Holland

Billed as a double EP between Beirut and Zach Condon's solo moniker Realpeople, this album-length release should be taken very seriously.

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Beirut

There is a sense of fin de siècle in the music of Beirut, as though it is prophesying the death of an era in which American music for the most part shunned external influences.

Nick Gunn
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B As in Beirut by Iman Humaydan Younes

Through four women who painfully embrace the city that is at once their prison and their home, Younes raises the question: are we powerless to the pull of our past?

Rachel Smucker
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Beirut: The Flying Club Cup

The lushly textured but repetitious second album from indie darling Beirut shows the hazard of playing with yourself.

Lester Feder
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The Triumph of Musical Tourists

Under the name Beirut, Zach Condon released an album of Balkan-style songs he recorded in his bedroom and became an Internet-driven sensation. Though his music gestures nostalgically toward a gypsy old world, Condon’s casual appropriations suggest something much grimmer for the future.

Stu Sherman
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Beirut: Gulag Orkestar

A multi-instrumentalist with indie royalty connection and early underground buzz equals instant canonicity, but it might be worthwhile to consider the music itself.


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