Tag: 2006

John Mayer – Continuum

John Mayer – Continuum       Matt Collar: ‘… Working with his blues trio/rhythm section of bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan, along with guest spots by trumpeter Roy Hargrove and guitarist Ben Harper, Mayer brings all of his recent musical explorations and increasing talents as a singer/songwriter to bear on Continuum. Produced […]

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Rodrigo & Gabriela – re-Foc

Rodrigo & Gabriela – re-Foc       Thom Jurek: ‘While Rodrigo y Gabriela’s self-titled third album is an utter and complete joy to listen to — actually, it’s more of a riotous celebration — it’s more than difficult to describe exactly what they do. This Mexican guitar duo met while in a heavy metal […]

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Frost* – Milliontown

Frost* – Milliontown Prograrchives: ‘Simply put, a marvelous release. I can help use only superlatives for this debut album. Excellent musicianship, originality and freshness in aboundance in both rythm, arrangements and melodies, highly solid songwriting, and probably the best production I ever heard. The impression throughout the entire album is to be in the hands […]

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Tool – 10 000 Days

Tool – 10 000 Days 10,000 Days is the fourth studio album by American rock band Tool. It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first week sales of 564,000 copies. By the end of 2007 the album had sold 2.5 million copies worldwide, and was awarded a Platinum certification by the […]

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The Strokes – First Impressions of Earth

The Strokes – First Impressions of Earth AMG Review: Arriving at the dawn of 2006, The Strokes – First Impressions of Earth was one of the year’s first albums, and one of its first disappointments as well. To be fair, First Impressions starts out strong. “You Only Live Once” is everything a fan could want […]

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Lisa Gerrard – The Silver Tree

Lisa Gerrard – The Silver Tree AMG Review: One listen to Lisa Gerrard – The Silver Tree is enough to convince anybody — who isn’t already convinced — that there’s a very specific reason she has been courted by directors to compose soundtracks. There are 13 tracks here full of wispy ambient soundscapes, on top […]

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Wolfmother – Wolfmother

Wolfmother – Wolfmother       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘ There’s no denying Australian heavy rock trio Wolfmother has been raised on rock — specifically, raised on ’70s rock. Problem is, from all appearances on their eponymous debut, they made their journey into the past via the twin gateway drugs of the White Stripes and […]

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Ludovico Einaudi – Divenire

Ludovico Einaudi – Divenire AMG Review: It had to happen — given the impressive commercial performance of minimalist music in classical-unfriendly America, some European artist was sure to try to capitalize on the trend and bring minimalism to the middle-of-the-road European market. Enter Ludovico Einaudi: composer, pianist, and favorite of the programmers at Britain’s crossover […]

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Madeleine Peyroux – Half The Perfect World

Madeleine Peyroux – Half The Perfect World Half the Perfect World is the fourth studio album by American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux. It was released on September 12, 2006. It peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and had sold 218,000 copies in the United States by December 2008.The album featured four […]

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Pharrell – In My Mind

Pharrell – In My Mind AMG Review: The idea of an all-Pharrell album is natural and unnatural in roughly equal measure. Half of the extremely successful Neptunes production team, as well as a collaborator who has been deployed for countless guest verses and vocal hooks, Pharrell has been a regular presence on radio stations and […]

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U2 – U218 Singles

U2 – U218 Singles AMG Review: U2’s first two greatest-hits albums neatly divided themselves by decade, with the first covering the ’80s and the second summing up the ’90s. Their third hits comp, 2006’s U2 – U218 Singles, is at once more ambitious and more concise, offering an overview of their first 26 years on […]

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The Decemberists – The Crane Wife

The Decemberists – The Crane Wife       James Christopher Monger: ‘Colin Meloy and his brave Decemberists made the unlikely jump to a major label after 2005’s excellent Picaresque, a move that surprised both longtime fans and detractors of the band. While it is difficult to imagine the suits at Capitol seeing dollar signs […]

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Midlake – The Trials Of Van Occupanther

Midlake – The Trials Of Van Occupanther AMG Review: Midlake’s second album is a departure from their lo-fi, psychedelic pop-influenced debut. Midlake – The Trials Of Van Occupanther jumps with both feet into the ’70s of Laurel Canyon troubadours and soft rock balladeers. It jumps like Bob Beamon right past any other current bands treading […]

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Sibylle Baier – Colour Green

Sibylle Baier – Colour Green AMG Review: Sibylle Baier – Colour Green, the one and only release from German underground folk denizen Sibylle Baier, has been around since the early ’70s, albeit in her closet. Recorded on reel-to-reel in her home between 1970-1973, the budding actress, seamstress, writer, mother, and singer/songwriter chose family over fame, […]

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Gotye – Like Drawing Blood

Gotye – Like Drawing Blood AMG Review:  Assembled from a mountain of bargain-bin samples, Belgian-Australian maverick Gotye’s second solo album, Gotye – Like Drawing Blood, is an impressively eclectic cut-and-paste affair that suggests “the next Sting/Peter Gabriel” labels are doing him a slight disservice. Produced by Franc Tetaz (Architecture in Helsinki), the follow-up to 2003’s […]

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Corinne Bailey Rae – Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae – Corinne Bailey Rae This is the eponymous debut album of English singer–songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, released 24 February 2006 on EMI. It was released in February 2006 in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and in continental Europe on 3 March 2006. When soul music is at its finest, a great vocalist […]

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Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time

Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time AMG review: Band of Horses is the phoenix ascending from the carcass of Carissa’s Wierd, Ben Bridwell and Matt Brooke’s former band. (But what happened to the proposed November 16th?) While the penchant for beautiful melody is present everywhere here, that’s pretty much where the similarity between […]

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Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am,That’s What I’m Not

Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am,That’s What I’m Not       Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, an instant phenomenon without peer. Within the course of a year, the band rose from the ranks of an Internet phenomenon to the biggest band in the U.K. Released […]

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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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