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Ane Brun: Songs 2003 - 2013

Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun has been in the music business for ten years, and Songs is a fine selection from her work so far.

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Blitzen Trapper: VII

Now veterans releasing their seventh album, Portland's Blitzen Trapper lose their way somewhat in attempting to update their sound.

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We Love Them: The Top 20 Manic Street Preachers Songs As Voted By Fans

Manic Street Preachers are in the midst of promoting their 11th LP Rewind the Film. To celebrate, PopMatters explores the top 20 of a special fan poll of the most popular Manics songs.

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Savoir Adore: Our Nature

New York pop duo Savoir Adore return with an album that is rich with pop gems, but far outstays its welcome at almost 60 minutes.

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Alessi's Ark: The Still Life

Releasing a third album at the tender age of 22, Alessi Laurent-Marke is still a precocious talent. But in a crowded field, these songs will not be memorable enough.

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Theme Park: Theme Park

The long-awaited debut from London pop group Theme Park makes no grand statements, but it is so much fun that no one will mind.

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Dido: Girl Who Got Away

Returning with her fourth album after a four-and-a-half-year absence, Dido fails to make good on her promises to reinvent her sound.

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Transgressive

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Woodpigeon: Thumbtacks + Glue

Mark Hamilton of Calgary indie-folk collective Woodpigeon is just too productive, which might explain the exhausted feel of this new LP.

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Boompa / Fierce Panda / Lirico

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Lirico

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Fierce Pand

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Bad Religion: True North

Sixteen albums and 30-plus years in, these SoCal punk legends show no sign of slowing down or burning out. And we should be thankful because the world still needs Bad Religion.

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Five Dark Parallels Between NIN's 'The Downward Spiral' and the Manics' 'The Holy Bible'

Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral is one of the most grueling albums of the '90s and represents a creative high and personal low that Trent Reznor has never matched. In Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible, however, the album has a dark twin which matches its irresistible horror blow for blow.

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Various Artists: Made in Iceland V

For the fifth time, there's more to Iceland's music scene than Björk!

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Iceland Music Export

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Jamie Woon: Mirrorwriting

More than a year since his debut was released in the UK, dubstep/soul hope Jamie Woon still impresses.

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Meat Loaf: Hell in a Handbasket

Twelve albums in, Meat Loaf finds himself lumbered with a weak set of songwriters and collaborators, suffering as a result.

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Still "Outside the Accepted Framework": An Interview with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

In 1972, Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick" took ambitious prog rock to the top of the charts. Forty years on, frontman Ian Anderson means to do it all over again and discusses his plans with PopMatters.

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Said the Whale: Little Mountain

Vancouver five-piece sound a little out of depth -- or maybe above their altitude -- on third album Little Mountain.

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Sony Records

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Dirty Ghosts: Metal Moon

Old hand at the rock game Allyson Baker teams up with husband Aesop Rock -- and takes up singing -- on the debut album from her project Dirty Ghosts.

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Sophia Knapp: Into the Waves

With a solo departure from her band Cliffie Swan (formerly known as Lights), Sophia Knapp produces a mystical rock record in the spirit of Stevie Nicks.

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm

Featuring soulless nonsense where there should be songs, Benjamin Francis Leftwich's debut has grown no more impressive in the time since its U.K. release.

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