Category: Singer/Songwriters

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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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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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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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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