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Counterbalance No. 15: Van Morrison - 'Astral Weeks'

Van Morrison ventured in the slipstream between the viaducts of your dreams with his 1968 LP Astral Weeks and made it to Number 15 on the List. Klinger and Mendelsohn recount the journey in this latest installment of Counterbalance.

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Paul Weller Dials Things Back As He Hits the Stage

British rock icon Paul Weller lets his latest solo album dictate how the music flows on this laid-back live double album.

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The Band of Heathens Resurrect Ray Charles' "Heaven Help Us All" As a Timely Message of Unity and Justice (premiere)

On "Heaven Help Us All", the Band of Heathens create a warm, soulful, gospel sound that feels like the big hug we all need right about now.

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Boz Scaggs Goes Into and 'Out of the Blues'

Out of the Blues is the final part in a trilogy of genre albums that have seen Boz Scaggs take a step back as a songwriter, contributing just a song or two to each release.

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Lake Street Dive Gets Loose, Collaborative With 'Free Yourself Up'

Lake Street Dive wanted to capture the energy of its live shows as well as its unique at its finest. So the quartet went into the studio without a producer and leaned on each other instead.

Jedd Beaudoin
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James Hunter Six Makes the Old New Again on 'Whatever It Takes'

James Hunter can sing with an ache, a honk, a howl, or a growl—and just engage in a melodic conversation before the emotions inside overwhelm him and he lets loose.

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No Plan, No Problem: An Interview with Joss Stone

With Project Mama Earth, soul singer Joss Stone lets the music guide her through her most natural stylistic detour yet.

Jose Solis
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Impossible Idea: An Interview with Paul Weller

One of the UK's most revolutionary rock figures isn't showing any signs of slowing down. Paul Weller's insatiable thirst for the new leads to the creation of A Kind Revolution. The Modfather talks with PopMatters about his new music and career.

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The James Hunter Six: Minute By Minute

Yes, the production is grand, the band tight, and the songs are clever; but James Hunter’s voice is the main attraction here.

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Various Artists: Sensacional Soul Vol. 3

This music is the Spanish love child of Britain's blue-eyed soul and everything is similar -- the swing, the rude flirt, the kiss-me-honey lyrics.

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Bill Medley: Bill Medley 100% / Soft and Soulful

They're only classics in the sense that they're prototypical examples of an esteemed and technically excellent singer singing songs banal beyond redemption.

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Joss Stone: The Best of Joss Stone 2003-2009

In which a singer with undeniable talent and boundless ambitions demonstrates that neither one is enough to make for a truly remarkable body of work.

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Robin Thicke: Sex Therapy

Sex Therapy isn't sexy, but it's mildly enjoyable and isn't as embarrassing as it could have been.

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Daryl Hall & John Oates: Live at the Troubadour

Vintage pop duo gives it one more go.

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