Tag: 2009

Iggy Pop – Préliminaires

Iggy Pop – Préliminaires       Mark Deming: ‘The timing of Iggy Pop’s album Preliminaires is probably a product of coincidence and fate rather than careful planning, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that just a few months after the unexpected death of Ron Asheton put the Stooges into limbo (at least for […]

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30 Seconds To Mars – This Is War

30 Seconds To Mars – This Is War   Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Emotional bloodletting never quite fit 30 Seconds to Mars — perhaps it was residual prejudice from Jared Leto’s status as actor-turned-musician, but they always seemed to skim the surface, not even when they pushed roiling emotions to the forefront in the best traditions […]

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The Trashcan Sinatras – In the Music

The Trashcan Sinatras – In the Music     Tim Sendra: ‘The Trash Can Sinatras have settled into the “album every five years” plan and judging by both 2004’s Weightlifting and 2009’s In the Music, it’s a plan that works for them. It may even be the secret to keeping their sound fresh. In the […]

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Diana Krall – Quiet Nights

Diana Krall – Quiet Nights       ‘Stephen Thomas Erlewine’ Bossa nova is not unfamiliar to Diana Krall, but 2009’s Quiet Nights is her first record devoted to the gently swaying rhythm. Teaming up again with arranger Claus Ogerman, who last worked with Krall on 2001’s The Look of Love and who also frequently collaborated […]

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Peter Doherty – Grace / Wastelands

Peter Doherty – Grace / Wastelands       Grace/Wastelands is the debut solo album from Babyshambles frontman/The Libertines co-frontman Peter Doherty. It was released in the UK on 16 March 2009. The album features contributions from Blur guitarist Graham Coxon (who plays guitar on all the songs on the album apart from “Broken Love […]

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Enya – The Very Best Of Enya

Enya – The Very Best Of Enya AMG Review: Comprised of 18 tracks culled from the singer/composer’s first three decades, The Very Best of Enya was pieced together by the artist herself, along with longtime collaborators Nicky and Roma Ryan. Luckily, the trio seems enamored by most of the same songs that the general public […]

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Kings of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence

 Kings of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence AMG Review: In the five years since their last record, the duo of Erlend Øye and Erik Glambek Bøe have each been busy, Øye with DJ gigs and his other band the Whitest Boy Alive, and Bøewith his day job and fighting Clear Channel in their hometown of Bergen, […]

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Archive – Controlling Crowds

Archive – Controlling Crowds AMG Review : When Archive entered the Swiss Top Ten, it obviously wasn’t because of their novelty factor, because Archive – Controlling Crowds is an exploration of the trip-hop sound developed in Bristol over a decade prior (and, admittedly, explored by this London-based band since the mid-‘90s). That said, it is an […]

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Röyksopp – Junior

Röyksopp – Junior Röyksopp’s third studio album, Junior, was released on 23 March 2009, featuring the single “Happy Up Here AMG review: Makers of sophisticated dance-pop with more than enough production finesse to intrigue electronica listeners, Röyksopp complete their transition from trip-hop maestros to electronic popsters on their third album, Röyksopp – Junior. As on 2005’s […]

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Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster

Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster The Fame Monster is the third extended play (EP) by American recording artist Lady Gaga. It was released on November 18, 2009 through Interscope Records. Initially planned to be included on a re-release of Gaga’s debut studio album, The Fame, she announced that the eight tracks would be included […]

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Franz Ferdinand – Tonight

Franz Ferdinand – Tonight       Heather Phares: ‘  “I found a new way, baby,” Alex Kapranos snarls on “Ulysses,” Tonight’s lead single and opening track, and he’s almost right. Franz Ferdinand took awhile to record this album after releasing You Could Have It So Much Better as quickly as possible after their breakthrough […]

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