Category: Singer/Songwriters

John Lennon – Imagine

John Lennon – Imagine       John Lennon – Imagine is the second album by John Lennon. Recorded and released in 1971, it tended towards songs that were gentler, more commercial and less primal rock than those on his previous album, the critically acclaimed John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. The album is considered the most […]

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Ray Lamontagne – Trouble

Ray Lamontagne – Trouble       Ray Lamontagne, a new name in the market, and an image of a great singer/songwriter is what we have here. A true find, a voice like no others. He has been compared to Otis Redding, Van Morrison and David Grey, However, Ray has a voice of his own, […]

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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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Elton John – Honky Chateau

Elton John – Honky Chateau AMG review: Considerably lighter than Madman Across the Water, Elton John – Honky Chateau is a rollicking collection of ballads, rockers, blues, country-rock, and soul songs. On paper, it reads like an eclectic mess, but it plays as the most focused and accomplished set of songs Elton John and Bernie Taupin […]

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Jason Mraz – Love Is a Four Letter

Jason Mraz – Love Is a Four Letter       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Underneath his tongue-twisting wordplay, Jason Mraz fancies himself a loverman — and given that his greatest success came from the sticky sentiment of “I’m Yours,” who can blame him for thinking this way? Nevertheless, he’s never made a full-blown makeout record […]

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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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Joni Mitchell – Blue

Joni Mitchell – Blue        Joni Mitchell – Blue (1971) is the fourth album of Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Exploring the various facets of relationships from infatuation on “A Case of You” to insecurity on “This Flight Tonight”, the songs feature simple accompaniments on piano, guitar, and Appalachian dulcimer. Blue was a critical […]

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Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning is one of two Bright Eyes albums (along with Digital Ash in a Digital Urn) released on January 25, 2005, by Saddle Creek Records. Like the two Bright Eyes albums before it, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning opens with a spoken recording, […]

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Neil Young – Harvest

        William Ruhlmann ‘ Neil Young – Harvest is Neil Young’s most popular album, …The mood is melancholic, but the songs mostly describe the longing for and fulfillment of new love. Young is perhaps most explicit about this on the controversial “A Man Needs a Maid,” which is often condemned as sexist […]

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Jack Johnson – Brushfire Fairytales

Jack Johnson – Brushfire Fairytales MacKenzie Wilson: ‘Jack Johnson, the multi-talented American guy who likes to surf and play music, makes an honest impression on his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. He’s not focused on any genre in particular, but stays close to acoustic simplicities. Ben Harper’s producer, J.P. Plunier, lends a hand and perfects Jack […]

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Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts

Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts AMG review: Exorcizing the ghost of a failed relationship via the time-honored tradition of the breakup album, Norah Jones luxuriates in beautiful misery on Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts. Liberated by the separation but not quite ready to let it go, Jones achieves a curious subdued tension here, dressing […]

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Paul Simon – Graceland

Paul Simon – Graceland AMG review:  With Paul Simon – Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle (including its […]

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Nick Cave – Push the Sky Away

Nick Cave – Push the Sky Away Push the Sky Away is the fifteenth studio album by the Australian alternative rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released on 18 February 2013. AMG review: It’s been nearly five years since Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds issued the manic, intense rock cabaret that was Dig, […]

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Lou Reed – Transformer

Lou Reed – Transformer       Lou Reed – Transformer is the second studio album by American rock musician Lou Reed, released in November 1972. ‘Mark Deming’  David Bowie has never been shy about acknowledging his influences, and since the boho decadence and sexual ambiguity of the Velvet Underground’s music had a major impact on […]

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Sinéad O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

Sinéad O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got is the second album by Sinéad O’Connor. It was released in March 1990 on Chrysalis Records. The critically acclaimed album contains her most famous single, “Nothing Compares 2 U”, and was one of the best selling […]

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Joanna Newsom – Ys

Joanna Newsom – Ys AMG Review: Along with the beautifully filigreed arrangements and melodies, which mingle strings, jew’s-harps, and spaghetti Western horns with Appalachian, Celtic, and even Asian influences, the album shows Newsom’s development as a singer. She has more nuance and control, particularly over the keening edge of her voice, which is recorded so clearly […]

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Elliott Smith – Elliott Smith

      Steve Huey: ‘ Elliott Smith’s self-titled second album: Elliott Smith – Elliott Smith was his first for the Kill Rock Stars label and also his first major artistic statement. Its sound is fairly similar to that of Roman Candle — it’s mostly just Smith and his gently fingerpicked acoustic guitar, embellished a bit […]

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