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Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band: Ultimate Hits

A compilation that shows that Bob Seger was at times a good artist, but also shows why he was never really a great one.

Victor Valdivia
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Deep Purple with Orchestra: Live at Montreux 2011

Deep Purple make another live album with an orchestra, but this one isn’t charmingly flawed—it’s just plain flawed.

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Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon: Experience Edition

This new reissue won’t add much to your understanding of this legendary album, but that doesn’t make Dark Side of the Moon any less remarkable.

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Various Artists: The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute

Does anyone really need yet more exceedingly respectful covers of John Lennon songs? Because that’s pretty much all you’ll get here.

Victor Valdivia
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Rocket from the Tombs: Barfly

Like many reunion albums, Barfly has traces of what made the original band great. Like too many reunion albums, it doesn’t have the one element that would have the reunion extraordinary.

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Theatre Within

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Styx: Regeneration Volume I & II

What’s more pointless than artists rerecording their old hits? Artists rerecording their old hits with arrangements that are exactly the same as the originals, right down to the mistakes.

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Icebird: The Abandoned Lullaby

If you’re looking for pleasant RJD2 pop music in the vein of the Mad Men theme, you might like Icebird. If you’re hoping that this record marks the return of the wildly inventive and free-wheeling RJD2 of his Def Jux years, however, you’ll have to keep hoping.

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Various Artists: Chicas: Spanish Female Singers 1962-1974

What do you get when you mix ’60s pop, girl power, and Spanish? You get a compilation that, at its best, makes you wish you’d heard this music before.

Victor Valdivia
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Paul Rodgers & Friends: Live at Montreux 1994

It’s a collection designed to show that Paul Rodgers is a great singer, but we already knew that, so what’s the point?

Victor Valdivia
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David Coverdale: White Snake/North Winds

These reissues make the case that Coverdale had, at one point, far more to offer than big hair and stolen stage moves.

Victor Valdivia
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Rich Robinson: Through a Crooked Sun

Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson delivers the most interesting kind of solo album: one he couldn’t have done with his regular band. That it’s musically and emotionally satisfying is even better.

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Digitaldubs: #1

Music is a universal language, but Digitaldubs proves that pedestrian and derivative music is equally tedious in any dialect.

Victor Valdivia
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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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Rough Guide

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Quantic: The Best of Quantic

Never before has an anthology been so accurately named. This truly is the best of Quantic for both fans and newcomers alike.

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Alice Cooper: Welcome 2 My Nightmare

It would be nice to report that Alice Cooper’s comeback attempt is strong enough to show the Lady Gagas and Insane Clown Posses just how shock rock should be done. Sadly, it’s not even strong enough to frighten Justin Bieber.

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The Creole Choir of Cuba: Tande-La

There’s some great music here but the way the album is presented doesn’t make it easy to truly enjoy it.

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TruThoughts

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Keith Emerson Band: Moscow

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends—although it could stand to take a break for retooling.

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Alias: Fever Dream

Alias discovers the joys of fatherhood and rediscovers the joys of sampling. The result is one of the most intriguing albums in the Anticon catalogue.

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