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Peter Broderick – Home

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Peter Broderick - Home       Home is a collection of folk songs recorded at the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008. In late 2007, Peter Broderick toured all around Europe with the Danish ensemble Efterklang, playi...

Bright Eyes – Fevers and Mirrors

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Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors       Fevers and Mirrors is the third album by the Nebraska indie band Bright Eyes, recorded in 1999 and released on May 29, 2000. It was the 32nd release of the Omaha, Nebraska-based...

Grandaddy – Under the Western freeway

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Grandaddy - Under the Western freeway       Nitsuh Abebe: 'Being from northern California, Grandaddy always gets compared to Pavement -- and rightly so, in some respects -- but this probably isn't the best way to sta...

Beulah – The Coast Is Never Clear

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Beulah - The Coast Is Never Clear       MacKenzie Wilson: 'After the dazzling reception of 1999's When Your Heartstrings Break, Beulah wasn't concerned with following things up with something fashionable. The bandmem...

Galaxie 500 – On Fire

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Galaxie 500 - On Fire       Ned Raggett: 'Having already made a fine account of themselves on Today, the three members of Galaxie 500 got even better with On Fire, recording another lovely classic of late '80s rock. ...

Tom Waits – Mule Variations

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Tom Waits - Mule Variations       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Tom Waits grew steadily less prolific after redefining himself as a junkyard noise poet with Swordfishtrombones, but the five-year wait between The Black Ri...

Cranes – Forever

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Cranes - Forever       Ned Raggett: 'Bookended by two tracks that essentially are the same piece -- "Everywhere," a quicker, almost dancy number that still sounds uniquely Cranes, and the slower, stripped-down "Rainb...

Oceansize – Frames

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Oceansize - Frames       Alex Henderson: 'Never let it be said that Oceansize don't come up with their share of intriguing song titles. On Frames, the song titles include "Sleeping Dogs and Dead Lions," "Commemorativ...

The Head and The Heart – The Head and The Heart

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The Head and The Heart - The Head and The Heart       Mark Deming: 'Less than two years after they first came together, the Head and the Heart have become one of the most popular bands in their hometown of Seattle, W...

New Order – Get Ready

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New Order - Get Ready      John Bush: '.... Though there are several allowances for the electronic-dance form New Order helped develop, Get Ready is a very straight-ahead album, their first work in 15 years that's fo...

Lykke Li – I Never Learn

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Lykke Li - I Never Learn       Timothy Monger: 'There has always been something captivating about Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li. From the minimalist mix of icy electronics and playful indie pop of her 2008 debut...

Dave Gahan – Hourglass

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Dave Gahan - Hourglass       David Jeffries: 'After Dave Gahan released his debut solo album, Paper Monsters, in 2003, he landed three of his songs on Depeche Mode's 2005 album Playing the Angel, meaning Martin Gore ...

Green Day – ¡Uno!

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      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Green Day's new millennium elevation to Very Important Band is so complete that when they decided to return to their frivolous punk roots they couldn't do it in a small way. They starte...

Arab Strap – The Weekend Never Starts Round Here

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      Ned Raggett: 'The Strap's first album continues the initial splash made by the quirky groove of "The First Big Weekend," which is included here with thirteen other songs. Moffat's technique of undersinging/speak...

The radio dept. – Clinging to a scheme

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      Tim Sendra: 'The run-up to the release of the Radio Dept.’s third album, Clinging to a Scheme, seemed endless by the time it finally came out in the spring of 2010. It seemed that every few months a release date...

Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

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      Thom Jurek: 'Those looking for a logical musical follow-up to Bill Callahan's surprisingly accessible Sometimes I Wish I Were an Eagle from 2009 might scratch their heads at the sound on Apocalypse. The musical ...

The Fratellis – We Need Medicine

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      Heather Phares: 'We Need Medicine marked the Fratellis' return from a four-year hiatus, during which time Jon played with Codeine Velvet Club and pursued a solo career, Barry toured with the Twang, and Mince pla...

Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise

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      Illinois (styled Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel the Illinoise on the cover; sometimes written as Illinoise) is a 2005 concept album by American indie folk songwriter Sufjan Stevens. It is his fifth ...

Blink 182 – Enema Of The State

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      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'If the title Enema of the State didn't give it away, it should be clear from songs like "Dumpweed," "What's My Age Again?," and "Dysentery Gary" that moving to a major label isn't a sig...

Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand

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Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand       Heather Phares: 'While the Darts of Pleasure EP proved that Franz Ferdinand had a way with equally sharp lyrics and hooks, and the "Take Me Out" single took their sound to dram...

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