Category: Singer/Songwriters

Feist – Let it die

Feist – Let it die       MacKenzie Wilson: ‘Somewhere in between living with Peaches, playing guitar with By Divine Right, rapping with Chilly Gonzales, and singing with Broken Social Scene and Apostle of Hustle, Canadian songstress Feist started a solo career. Following up 1999’s self-released Monarch, Let It Die was recorded in Paris […]

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Michael Kiwanuka ‎– Home Again

Michael Kiwanuka ‎– Home Again       Thom Jurek: ‘An age ago, major labels signed artists knowing it would take three, four, or even five records before she or he matured sufficiently to build a a dedicated audience. Some labels even signed “prestige artists,” those who wouldn’t necessarily make boatloads of cash, but their […]

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PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

      Heather Phares: PJ Harvey followed her ghostly collection of ballads, White Chalk, with PJ Harvey – Let England Shake, a set of songs strikingly different from what came before it except in its Englishness. White Chalk’s haunted piano ballads seemed to emanate from an isolated manse on a moor, but here Harvey […]

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Hozier – Hozier

      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 mystique can get you a long way but fortunately, most of the material here is well-written […]

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Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde

Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘If Highway 61 Revisited played as a garage rock record, the double album Blonde on Blonde inverted that sound, blending blues, country, rock, and folk into a wild, careening, and dense sound. Replacing the fiery Michael Bloomfield with the intense, weaving guitar of […]

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Leonard Cohen – Songs of Love and Hate

      Mark Deming: ‘Songs of Love and Hate is one of Leonard Cohen’s most emotionally intense albums — which, given the nature of Cohen’s body of work, is no small statement. While the title Songs of Love and Hate sums up the album’s themes accurately enough, it’s hardly as simple as that description […]

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John Lennon Legend – The Very Best Of

John Lennon Legend – The Very Best Of Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon is the third official compilation album of John Lennon’s solo career, coming after 1975’s Shaved Fish and 1982’s The John Lennon Collection. Because neither collection spanned Lennon’s releases up to and including 1984’s Milk and Honey, Lennon Legend: The […]

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Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs

Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs 2011 album from the Pearl Jam frontman. Ukulele Songs is a collection of original songs and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele. Featuring a number of songs that Vedder penned and first played live but never released nearly a decade ago, Ukulele Songs also includes a uke version of Pearl […]

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Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg Jake Bugg is the self-titled debut studio album by English singer-songwriter Jake Bugg. It was released on 15 October 2012 in the UK. The album has received generally favourable reviews from critics. It was nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize. Barry Nicolson of New Musical Express magazine gave the album […]

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Noah Gundersen – Ledges

Noah Gundersen – Ledges       Steve Leggett : ‘Born into a musical but very religious family, Noah Gundersen didn’t hear many secular songs as a child, perhaps explaining the subtle and hushed gospel intensity and sincerity he brings to his songs, which, while definitely secular, deal with themes of loss, hope, and personal […]

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Jackson Browne – For Everyman

Jackson Browne – For Everyman       William Ruhlmann: ‘Jackson Browne faced the nearly insurmountable task of following a masterpiece in making his second album. Having cherry-picked years of songwriting the first time around, he turned to some of his secondary older material, which was still better than most people’s best and, ironically, more […]

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Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, is the fourth studio album by Fiona Apple. Like When the Pawn, it derives from a poem written by Fiona. It was released on June 19, […]

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Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection

Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: Instead of repeating the formula that made Elton John a success, John and Bernie Taupin attempted their most ambitious record to date for the follow-up to their breakthrough. A loose concept album about the American West, Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection emphasized the pretensions […]

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Hope Sandoval – Bavarian Fruit Bread

Hope Sandoval – Bavarian Fruit Bread   Hope Sandoval – Bavarian Fruit Bread is the debut album from Hope Sandoval, former vocalist of Mazzy Star, and Colm Ó Cíosóig, former drummer of My Bloody Valentine, released under the name Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions on October 23, 2001 by Sanctuary Records in the United […]

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Neil Young – On the Beach

Neil Young – On the Beach Neil Young – On the Beach is the fifth studio album by Neil Young, released in 1974. It was unavailable on compact disc until it was released as a HDCD-encoded remastered version on August 19, 2003 as part of his Archives Digital Masterpiece Series. AMG Review: Following the 1973 Time […]

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Tim Buckley – Goodbye And Hello

Tim Buckley – Goodbye And Hello Tim Buckley – Goodbye And Hello is the second album by Tim Buckley, released in August 1967, recorded in Los Angeles, California in June of the same year. AMG review:  Often cited as the ultimate Tim Buckley statement, Tim Buckley – Goodbye And Hello is indeed a fabulous album, but […]

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Regina Spektor – What we saw from the cheap seats

Regina Spektor – What we saw from the cheap seats What We Saw from the Cheap Seats is the sixth studio album by American alternative singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. AMG review: Regina Spektor ‘s sixth outing, the predictably unpredictable What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, feels a little like a Wes Anderson movie. By now, […]

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Jackson Browne – Running on Empty

Jackson Browne – Running on Empty AMG Review: Having acknowledged a certain creative desperation on The Pretender, Jackson Browne lowered his sights (and raised his commercial appeal) considerably with Jackson Browne – Running on Empty, which was more a concept album about the road than an actual live album, even though its songs were sometimes […]

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David Bowie – Space Oddity

David Bowie – Space Oddity       David Bowie is a 1969 album by rock musician David Bowie, released under that title by Philips in the UK, and by Mercury in the US as Man of Words/Man of Music. It was later rereleased by RCA as David Bowie – Space Oddity but reverted to […]

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Tori Amos – Boys For Pele

 Tori Amos – Boys For Pele Boys for Pele is the third studio album by American singer and song-writer Tori Amos. Preceded by the first single, “Caught a Lite Sneeze”, by three weeks, the album was released on 22 January 1996, in the United Kingdom and on 23 January in the United States. Despite the […]

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