Tag: 2005

Nada Surf – The Weight Is A Gift

      MacKenzie Wilson: ‘Upon its reissue in 2003, Let Go had already positioned itself to be an indie rock milestone in the making for Nada Surf. They’d left the major labels behind for Barsuk and remained for their fourth album, The Weight Is a Gift. The punk threads found on Let Go are […]

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Elbow – Leaders of the Free World

Elbow – Leaders of the Free World           MacKenzie Wilson: ‘When Doves headed to the studio for the recording of their third album, 2005’s Some Cities, they returned home to Manchester. With that kind of scenic inspiration and emotional attachment, Some Cities resulted in Doves’ best of their career at that moment. […]

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Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions

Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions While The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou movie got mixed reviews, the soundtrack was universally hailed as excellent. The standout was Jorge, who not only had a role as an actor but also played a handful of Bowie songs solo with acoustic guitar, singing them in Portuguese […]

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Fat Freddy’s Drop – Based On A True Story

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Based On A True Story Based on a True Story was the first studio produced album by New Zealand group Fat Freddy’s Drop. It was recorded in Wellington and released on the band’s own label, The Drop. Based on a True Story utilized the band’s trademark dub, reggae, soul and funk […]

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Crimson Jazz Trio – King Crimson Songbook 1

Crimson Jazz Trio – King Crimson Songbook 1 AMG Review: A jazz piano-bass-drums trio performing the songs of the rock group King Crimson? That’s what the Crimson Jazz Trio accomplished on this intriguing CD, King Crimson Songbook, Vol. 1, the first of several. By re-harmonizing the music a bit, adding vamps, and digging into the grooves, […]

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James Blunt – Back to Bedlam

James Blunt – Back to Bedlam       James Christopher Monger: ‘Soulful British crooner James Blunt’s wistful debut infuses the listener — in order — with rainy-day hope, the wistful comfort of unattainable love, and finally, world-weary resignation. While his parched and effeminate falsetto recalls Gasoline Alley-era Rod Stewart with a healthy dose of […]

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Steve Hackett – Metamorpheus

Steve Hackett – Metamorpheus     Greg Prato:  ‘Although he made a name for himself as the guitarist for prog rockers Genesis and mainstream rockers GTR, Steve Hackett also possesses an admiration of tranquil, classical guitar-based work. This has never been more evident than on his 2005 release, Steve Hackett – Metamorpheus, which sees Hackett […]

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My Morning Jacket – Z

 My Morning Jacket – Z AMG Review: In 2004, a dreamy cover of “Rocket Man” concluded My Morning Jacket’s first volume of rarities. Which was prescient, because it’s Elton John that Jim James’ songs for 2005’s Z first bring to mind. From the wistful recollection of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” to Honky Chateau’s melodic and […]

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Chopin – Nocturnes (Maurizio Pollini piano)

Chopin – Nocturnes (Maurizio Pollini piano) Amazon.com: Pollini’s traversal of Chopin – Nocturnes (he leaves out the pair of posthumous ones) is one of his finest recordings in years. His long-lined yet detailed performances are comparable to the very different ones that have long stood at the pinnacle of recorded sets. Not as serene as […]

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Dream Theater – Octavarium

Dream Theater – Octavarium Octavarium is the eighth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater. Released on June 7, 2005, it was the band’s final release with Atlantic Records. Recorded between September 2004 and February 2005, the album holds the distinction of being the last album ever recorded at The Hit Factory in […]

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Magic Pie – Motions of Desire

Magic Pie – Motions of Desire Prograrchives: 4,5 stars really ; One of the finest albums of 2005. “Magic Pie – Motions of Desire ” has nothing specific new to offer, it’s just that the music on this record is extremely enjoyable. The compositions are very well crafted, the melodies seem vivid and inspired and […]

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Madonna – Confessions On A Dance Floor

Madonna – Confessions On A Dance Floor Confessions on a Dance Floor is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It was released on November 11, 2005 by Warner Bros. Records. The album was a complete departure from her previous studio album American Life (2003). The album includes influences of 1970s and 1980s disco, […]

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Cafe Del Mar – Dreams Vol 1

Cafe Del Mar – Dreams Vol 1 Amazon.com:  Music from the Fabled Isle of Ibiza and It’s Legendary Breathtaking Sunsets. These Laid Back Grooves Are Part and Parcel to the Island Experience and Will Take You to a Place You Can Only Dream of in Your Mind…until You Get a Ticket! Artists Include Nightmares on […]

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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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