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Danielia Cotton: Rare Child

My hope is that Cotton will become a reverse Rod Stewart -- starting out bland and commercial and then getting looser, more intuitive, and riskier as her career goes on.

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The Lady Tigra: Please Mr. Boombox

Call it Pinkberry music, or call it electroclash: either way, it's great stuff.

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ASG: Win Us Over

Simply put: another decent snowboarding soundtrack.

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Hammer No More the Fingers: Hammer No More the Fingers

These songs seem like simple alchemy at first, but they do stick with you, kinda like how the Go-Betweens or the Plastic Constellations worked their magic.

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Gnotes: Rhymes and Beats

A decent, humane, almost ego-free hip-hop record.

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Filkoe: Lost Zoo Keys and the Animal Spirits that Haunt Them

Wow, just what the world needs: a really lame Atom & His Package knock-off.

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GDP: Involvement

A slightly hard, mildly funny hip-hop record by an artist who should definitely be part of a trio.

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RBX: Broken Silence

Rock the Tubular Bells!

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Saint Bernadette: In the Ballroom

With some more apparitions, weirder songwriting, and maybe a wholesale embrace of cacophony and insanity, Meredith DiMenna could become a menace, a Karen O. for Fairfield County.

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Federation: Its Whateva

A nonstop drunken-master thizz-dance that careens from post-crunk, to R&B Dramamine, to screamo-rock, to gospel, to some scatterbrained hybrid of all these, for eighty short minutes.

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Gary Allan: Living Hard

Welcome to 2007. When personal growth and honky tonk clash, it's personal growth that wins.

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Faith Hill: The Hits

Nine out of 23 greatest hits on a “greatest hits” album ain't bad. Depending upon your definition of "bad".

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Jessi Colter: Out of the Ashes

It’s the first ever concept album by a widowed former outlaw. As such, it's a mix of tomfoolery and the sublime, with a little gunplay and squeaky bedsprings in there too.

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Who Made Who: Who Made Who

Who Made Who are a Danish trio bent on playing disco non-ironically.

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Tender Forever: The Soft and the Hardcore

This is a woman who gazes upon the wet spot in her sheets, feels her cheeks burn, and pens a simple tune to remember the complex mix of endurance gymnastics and safety cuddling.

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The Ex: Singles. Period. The Vinyl Years 1980 - 1990

At times this sounds like a dance-party coming from these dour Dutch anarchists, albeit with a bust of Winston Churchill staring by the door.

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Gogogo Airheart: Rats! Sing! Sing!

We get some groovy three-chord post-punk, some phoned-in dub, and a few comical cartwheels into garagetown.

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Old Time Relijun: 2012

Old Time Relijun are in many ways the anti-White-Stripes, an authentic and healthy alternative to the snake oil that Jack White is selling.

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Almost Heaven (Once)

A thing from the past, like the Rockies, but not as grand.

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