Category: Soft Rock/Folk Rock

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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...

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...

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...

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm       Jon O'Brien: "...Benjamin Francis Leftwich couldn't have picked a better time to unleash, or rather quietly release, his subtle and understated brand ...

Nick Drake – Made To Love Magic

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Nick Drake - Made To Love Magic       Hunger for "new" Nick Drake material had reached enough of a fever pitch by the 21st century for Island to try digging up enough for this odd patchwork collection, combining outt...

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...

Ben Howard – Every Kingdom

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Ben Howard - Every Kingdom       Jon O'Brien: 'Risking arriving a little too late to the party, Devon-born 23-year-old Ben Howard is yet another young troubadour whose sound appears indebted to the '70s pastoral folk...

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 ...

Hozier – Hozier

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      Timothy Monger: 'The recipient of much hype and praise for his breakthrough single "Take Me to Church," Ireland's Hozier does plenty to back it up on his self-titled debut LP. A soulful voice and a brooding myst...

Jackson C Frank – Jackson C Frank

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Jackson C Frank - Jackson C Frank       Bruce Eder: 'Jackson C. Frank's original 1965 album is a lost classic, daringly complex and honest, filled with virtuoso playing that is all the more impressive for the offhand...

Elton John – A Single Man

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Elton John - A Single Man       A Single Man is the twelfth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1978, a slightly different Elton John: moody, atmospheric, melancholic at times. Elton Joh...

Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing

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Suzanne Vega -  Solitude Standing       William Ruhlmann: ' The songs on Solitude Standing, Suzanne Vega's second album, had years listed beside them on the lyric sheet, so you could see that some of them dated back ...

Van Morrison – Moondance

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Van Morrison - Moondance Jason Ankeny: 'The yang to Astral Weeks' yin, the brilliant Moondance is every bit as much a classic as its predecessor; Van Morrison's first commercially successful solo effort, it retains t...

Passenger – Whispers

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Passenger - Whispers Matt Collar: 'British singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, otherwise known as Passenger, continues exploring the broader sonic palette he developed on 2012's All the Little Lights with his sixth stu...

John Prine – John Prine

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John Prine - John Prine A brilliant folk songwriter whose sly humor, melancholy tales, and easy vocal style earned him great renown (and many covers) among his fellow performers. William Ruhlmann: ''A revelatio...

Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic pillow

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      Bruce Eder: 'The second album by Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow was a groundbreaking piece of folk-rock-based psychedelia, and it hit like a shot heard round the world; where the later efforts from band...

Stephen Bishop – Careless

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      Lindsay Planer 'Even before Stephen Bishop (guitar, trombone, vocals) issued his debut long-player, Careless, in 1978, he'd already become a music industry insider. Bishop was discovered by Art Garfunkel in the ...

Low Roar – Low Roar

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 Low Roar - Low Roar Low Roar's dreamy folk finds beauty in the somber side of life. Formerly the frontman of Oakland, California alt-rockers Audrye Sessions, Ryan Joseph Karazija began Low Roar as a response to the ...

Scott Walker – Scott 4

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Scott Walker - Scott 4 Richie Unterberger: 'Walker dropped out of the British Top Ten with his fourth album: Scott Walker - Scott 4, but the result was probably his finest '60s LP. While the tension between the bloat...

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