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Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm       Jon O'Brien: "...Benjamin Francis Leftwich couldn't have picked a better time to unleash, or rather quietly release, his subtle and understated brand ...

Ben Howard – Every Kingdom

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Ben Howard - Every Kingdom       Jon O'Brien: 'Risking arriving a little too late to the party, Devon-born 23-year-old Ben Howard is yet another young troubadour whose sound appears indebted to the '70s pastoral folk...

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

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      Heather Phares: PJ Harvey followed her ghostly collection of ballads, White Chalk, with PJ Harvey - Let England Shake, a set of songs strikingly different from what came before it except in its Englishness. Whit...

Opeth – Heritage

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      Thom Jurek: 'Heritage, Opeth's tenth studio offering, finds the Swedish band abandoning death metal: no growled vocals, no blistering fast power riffs, no blastbeats. Mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, King...

Yes – Fly From Here

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      Bruce Eder: 'A decade after their last studio release, Yes has issued Fly from Here, and it's not only a keeper, but as good as any record to come from the group since 1974. Consisting here of Chris Squire (bass...

Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

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      Thom Jurek: 'Those looking for a logical musical follow-up to Bill Callahan's surprisingly accessible Sometimes I Wish I Were an Eagle from 2009 might scratch their heads at the sound on Apocalypse. The musical ...

Yuck – Yuck

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Yuck - Yuck     Tim Sendra : '....The group displays a firm grasp of all the things that make noise pop and/or shoegaze so great, like dynamics, male/female vocal tradeoffs, a bitter romantic lyrical outlook, and ton...

Amplifier – The Octopus

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Amplifier - The Octopus     Progarchives: 'With a sound that is easily associated with fellow Brits Porcupine Tree or Oceansize, Amplifier do manage to take their roots in prog and merge it with a more accessible alt...

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong      Tim Sendra 'After the release of their self-titled debut album, the Pains of Being Pure of Heart shot to the upper reaches of second-tier indie rock success, showing up ...

Adele – 21

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Adele - 21 Amazon : 21 is the eagerly awaited sophomore album from British singer-songwriter Adele. It’s the follow up to Adele’s critically acclaimed, Grammy award winning debut album 19 (both named after her age at...

Low Roar – Low Roar

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 Low Roar - Low Roar Low Roar's dreamy folk finds beauty in the somber side of life. Formerly the frontman of Oakland, California alt-rockers Audrye Sessions, Ryan Joseph Karazija began Low Roar as a response to the ...

Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs

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Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs 2011 album from the Pearl Jam frontman. Ukulele Songs is a collection of original songs and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele. Featuring a number of songs that Vedder penned and first...

Lunar Dunes – Galaxsea

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Lunar Dunes - Galaxsea Lunar Dunes is a collective of experienced musicians, featuring bassist Ian Blackaby, guitarist Adam Blake (Cornershop) and drummer Hamilton Lee of world/fusion band Transglobal Underground as...

The Kooks – Junk of the heart

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The Kooks - Junk of the heart       Jon O'Brien: 'Having watched the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Hard-Fi crash and burn with their early 2000s changes in direction, fellow mid-noughties indie band the Kooks, perhaps u...

Michael Buble – Christmas

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Michael Buble - Christmas AMG Review: Christmas is vocalist Michael Bublé's first full-length holiday-themed album since his 2003 EP Let It Snow. As with that album, Christmas features Bublé backed by small ensembles...

Beirut – The Rip Tide

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Beirut - The Rip Tide AMG Review: Zach Condon's third outing under the Beirut moniker shakes the compass and tosses it into the dirt, kicking up a typically eclectic cloud of orchestral indie pop that allows all of h...

City and Colour – Little Hell

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 City and Colour - Little Hell       Little Hell is the third album by City and Colour released on June 7, 2011. Besides Dallas Green who recorded the majority of the instrumentals himself, contributing musicians on ...

The Drums – Portamento

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      Heather Phares: 'Ever since the success of their first single “Let’s Go Surfing,” the Drums have spent equal amounts of time tracing that song’s sound and distancing themselves from it. They continue to do so on...

Phideaux – Snowtorch

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Phideaux - Snowtorch Proarchives: Phideaux hasn't lost his sense of mystery throughout Snowtorch, and he hasn't lost his sense of melody. ...Phideaux - Snowtorch is more piano/ vintage keys oriented, with less guitar...

Alex Turner – Submarine

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Alex Turner - Submarine AMG Review: Alex Turner's soundtrack to Submarine, the first film by director Richard Ayoade, finds the Arctic Monkeys frontman exploring yet another avenue that’s quite different from his reg...

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