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Monday, March 1, 2010

American VI: Ain’t No Grave (American Recordings/Lost Highway)

Music producer Rick Rubin doesn’t read music or write lyrics. But he feels things deeply. And when you seamlessly weave his gift of intuition with a spiritual yet complicated artist like the late Johnny Cash, one thing is created: an overwhelmingly...
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Keep It Hid (Nonesuch)

Heartache, paranoia and the purest form of analog recordings are saturated into the recent solo debut from Dan Auerbach. Not veering from his sound as a member of The Black Keys, Auerbach passionately connects psychedelia, soul and blues with no digital effects on this 14-track disc recorded in his Akron Analog Studio...
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Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009

Day & Age (Island)

In the world of music, artists are only as good as their latest works. And that's not good news for The Killers, considering their third studio album. Their debut, Hot Fuss (2004), brought them international success. But the band's latest release, Day & Age, delivers nothing but a "hot mess." MTV recently quoted lead singer Brandon Flowers as saying, "I think it's our most playful record." But after trudging through 10 tracks with...
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Monday, Nov. 24, 2008

All Aboard: A Tribute To Johnny Cash (Anchorless)

In 1954, at the age of 22, Johnny Cash had a burning desire to sign a record contract-and he was lucky enough to audition for Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn. After Cash performed, Phillips offered these words of wisdom: "Go home and sin, and then come back with a song I can sell." Cash certainly took the advice to heart. After selling more than 90 million albums in his lifetime, and becoming the youngest artist ever inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, no penance was ever in order for "The Man...
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Monday, Oct. 27, 2008

Gossip in the Grain (RCA)

It's been almost a decade since Ray LaMontagne awoke at 4 a.m. to hear his radio alarm clock playing Stephen Stills' "Treetop Flyer." Something about Stills' lyrics moved LaMontagne deeply; he suddenly quit his job at a footwear factory in Lewiston, Maine, and made a decision to become a singer/songwriter. Based upon his third and latest release, Gossip in the Grain, LaMontagne won't be returning to the assembly line-ever. This disc warmly welcomes the listener to step into LaMontagne's musical shoes. These beautifully arranged folk, blues...
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Here's J.D. King

Los Angeles based musician J.D. King is a man of few words on Myspace. But his recent release speaks for itself. King introduces himself with warm vocals, seamless lyrics and plays pure acoustic guitar, harmonica and flute. And with six band mates tossing around more than whistles, drums and mandolins . . .
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings (Geffen)

The Counting Crows sure know how to create a fun and exciting weekend with their latest release, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings. The six-piece band, which includes frontman and songwriter Adam Duritz, David Bryson, Jim Bogios, Charles Gillingham, Dan Vickery and David Immerglck, delivers nothing less than absolute perfection. Pick this record up on a Friday night and you’ll need to call in sick to work on Monday morning after listening to this immaculately arranged album all weekend long. These men not only play music, they listen carefully to the world around them. Duritz’s gift for writing lyrics shines brighter than ever in the moving, poetic and extremely beautiful “When I Dream of Michelangelo.”

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