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Gregory Alan Isakov – That Sea, the Gambler

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Gregory Alan Isakov - That Sea, the Gambler       Singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he began touring with a band at the age o...

Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins

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Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins       Heather Phares:   During the five years between Shields and Painted Ruins, the lives of Grizzly Bear's members changed, thanks to marriage, children, and divorce. So did the way man...

The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

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The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding       Marcy Donelson: The War on Drugs' debut for Atlantic Records, A Deeper Understanding, is very much a follow-up to the group's critically acclaimed Top 30 breakthrough L...

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

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LCD Soundsystem - American Dream       Tim Sendra: ...  American Dream is an emotionally charged and tightly wound return, balancing bursts of dance-punk energy with post-punk moodiness and synth pop abstraction, pow...

The Bats – Daddy’s Highway

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The Bats - Daddy's Highway       Ned Raggett: 'The Bats' first full album continues the early promise of their EPs and, with only the slightest deviations and changes since, established their sound for just about eve...

Metallica – Load

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Metallica - Load       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: Delivered five years after their eponymous "black" album in 1991, Load captures Metallica settling into an uneasy period of maturation. Under the guidance of producer B...

Slowdive – Souvlaki

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Slowdive - Souvlaki       Jack Rabid: 'Though not as big and swirling as Just for a Day, there's more of an attempt to put advanced song structure and melody in place rather than just craft infinitely appealing, occa...

Ray LaMontagne – Ouroboros

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Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros       Marcy Donelson: '... . For his sixth full-length, Ouroboros, the singer/songwriter selected My Morning Jacket's Jim James to co-produce, and moves deeper into the psychedelic haze. La...

Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session

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Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session       Thom Jurek: 'Who says you can't make a great record in one day -- or night, as the case may be? The Trinity Session was recorded in one night using one microphone, a DAT rec...

Metallica – Hardwired To Self Destruct

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Metallica - Hardwired To Self Destruct       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: '... Hardwired...To Self-Destruct does indeed rage, roaring out the gate with a title track where James Hetfield bellows "We're so f***ed/S*** out...

John Martyn – Cooltide

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John Martyn - Cooltide       Rob Caldwell: After releasing the much-delayed The Apprentice, Martyn was once again on a roll, and, while not quite as strong as The Apprentice, Cooltide was a solid outing. His jazziest...

Judas Priest – British Steel

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Judas Priest - British Steel       Steve Huey - Predating Metallica's self-titled blockbuster by 11 years, Judas Priest's British Steel was a similarly pitched landmark boasting many of the same accomplishments. It s...

The National – Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

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The National - Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers       Tim DiGravina: 'For a band that's been compared to Joy Division, Leonard Cohen, Wilco, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the National sure sounds a lot more like the C...

Flotation Toy Warning – The Machine That Made Us

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Flotation Toy Warning - The Machine That Made Us       Flotation Toy Warning have been stealing hearts with their space-rock-chamber-pop since the beginning of the last decade. Their debut Bluffers Guide to the Fligh...

The Acid – Liminal

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The Acid - Liminal       Heather Phares: Even if they're not billed as a supergroup, the Acid's three members boast a formidable amount of talent (and other projects): Adam Freeland scored a hit single with 2003's br...

The Wrens – The Meadowlands

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The Wrens - The Meadowlands       Heather Phares: "The Wrens' third album, The Meadowlands, is a sprawling, shifting affair, perhaps reflecting the fact that it took four years to create. It's easy to take the sweet,...

Phoenix – United

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Phoenix - United       Jason Birchmeier: 'On their debut album for Astralwerks/Source, Phoenix applies a slick electronica aesthetic to traditional pop/rock songwriting, resulting in a quite adventurous album capable...

Phoenix – It’s Never Been Like That

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Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That       Rob Theakston: ' After avoiding the sophomore slump with relative ease, Phoenix return with their third release "Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That " stripped of the post-d...

Simon and Garfunkel – Sound of Silence

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Simon and Garfunkel - Sound of Silence       Bruce Eder: Simon & Garfunkel's second album, Sounds of Silence, was recorded 18 months after their debut long-player, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM -- but even though the t...

The Shins – Wincing the Night Away

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The Shins - Wincing the Night Away            Heather Phares: "The Shins will change your life!" That kind of proclamation is loaded with expectations when it's just one friend talking up a band to another, but it's ...

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