Don't Wait Too Long Ellen Robinson
EMR

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"don't wait too long" is the third admirable album by ellen robinson and her
matchless band. we are treated to live music, which i love, which epitomizes
her mission--to put adults in touch with their inner selves. as bruce said
"she's all that heaven will allow".

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Can You Hear Me? Hillbenders
Compass

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"can you hear me?" is a sensational album by the hillbenders. it gives us more
proof that a bluegrass band that isn't busy being born is busy dying.

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Welcome To Our House Slaughterhouse
Shady/Interscope/Universal

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"welcome to our house" is a knockout album by slaughterhouse. this music
hits us woth hip-hop artists who singlehandedly create more drama than a carful
of crips.

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Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks
Monument/Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"wide open spaces" was the first and extraordinary album by the dixie
chicks. not only did they sing seriously about female abuse in a future album,
lead singer natalie maines, attacked president bush. we could discuss this for
hours, but since i've got the pen i'll say that the reactionary right-wingers down
south attacked the band, not playing them on the radio and not booking them
in the stadiums. the dixie chicks were authentic, invoking the ladies' acoustic
and bluegrass roots. they are, and will always be, full of serious verve.
where are they now? man, do i miss them.

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Mirage Rock Band Of Horses
Brown/Columbia

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"mirage rock" is a peerless album created by five guys, band of horses.
they've decked out a folk/rock piece of art struggling with the big stuff--hard
work, love and death--and having a great time along the way.

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Come Of Age The Vaccines
Columbia/Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"come of age" is an excellent album by the vaccines. the beat is
unstoppably sultry, but the vocals, by lead vocalist, justin young, makes this
one great album, with him spitting syllables in a tongue-twisting, punk-singing
style that only he could have invented.

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An Awesome Wave alt-J
Infectious Music

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"an awesome wave" is a stirring album by alt-j. the music is thoroughly
challenged, thansforming the commercial laws and artistic conventions that's
around today. A "must buy" album.

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I Predict A Graceful Expulsion Cold Specks
Mute

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"i predict a graceful expulsion" is a dramatic album by the cold specks. we
are treated to serene melodies and serene chore progressions. there is a
graceful plain-spoken faith in the power of the world, united in imagination
in purpose to repair and change itself. a one of a kind "must buy"
album.

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Built Up From Nothing Big D & The Kids Table
Sideonedummy

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"built up from nothing: the d sides and stictly dub often" is an astounding
album from big d & the kids table. all my questions and fears about the
future are summed up here. this is the album real music freaks have been
waiting for--a clash-worthy guitar rant full of righteous fury.

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The Spirit Indestructable Nelly Furtado
Mosely/Interscope/Universal

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"spirit indestructible" is a stimulating album by nelly furtado. the key
question: is this a stick of bubblegum or a stick of dynamite? the answer: she
creates both a romantic promise and a hint of doom.

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Handwritten The Gaslight Anthem
Mercury/Universal

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"handwritten" is a powerful album by the gaslight anthem. they uncover
blinding-light soul with an exuberant mix of guitar rock. a "must buy" album.

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God Forgives, I Don't Rick Ross
Maybach/Slip N Slide/Def Jam/Universal

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"god forgives, i don't" is a sensational album by rick ross. there's no
mistaking the passion inside the discipline of the man's delivery. he is surely
drawing on the tumultuous relationships at the time for inspiration.
despite ross' volcanic force there is a timeless gift of healing. the struggle
for the listener: find it.

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20/20 Saga
Eagle Rock

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"20/20" is an admirable 20th album by the one and only saga. their original
lead singer, michael sadler, is back, and brings with him a stunning and
impressionistic voltage. the intensely personal feeling is in his
voice--stilleto sharp spirals.

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Deceiving Eyes RJ and the Assignment
self-released

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"deceiving eyes" is rj & the assignment's dramatic debut album. it's easy
to call the album jazz. but it's much more than that. and you better find
out. the leader's gentle piano and the band's summer breeze creates an
echo-emphasized sound of our fundamental humanity.

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Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies The Dirty Guv'nahs
Dualtone

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"somewhere beneath these southern skies" is an astounding album by the
dirty guv'nahs. it creates concise truth and musical love with pure
rock&roll/roots sound to its own will. the band doesn't hide its frustration
within the world. they are so real.

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Cosmic Ritual Gary Umberto Scapellati
self-released

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

Gary Umberto Scapellati provides gentle piano strings and summer breezes, which emphasize echos sounding like fundamental humanity.

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Incommunicado Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition
Smith Music Group

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

an enduring hymn of solace and promise that has carried us though extreme grief. a classic break up album that maintains a deep emotional flow without ever getting lost in misery.

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Pure & Simple Robert Hale
Pinecastle

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"pure & simple" is a sensational album by robert hale. this is a
concentrated stomp of bluegrass brothers. there's no room to rest.

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Self-titled The Lumineers
Dualtone

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

the lumineers self-titled debut album is superb. the music is filled with
rock's frenzied moments. there is preaching, guitars howling and powerful
chanting. and lyrically this album is so heartfelt. it's about a man coming to
grips with the next reality of his life, surrendering to what's coming next.

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Hustlin' for a Gig Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet
Housekat

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"hustlin' for a gig" is an electrifying album by the uptown vocal jazz
quartet. they nail flights of fancy and worry with a powerful attention to
earthy modernism.

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Re-Machined, A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head Various Artists
Eagle Rock

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

do you want to listen to stars like santana, metallica, iron maiden and
many others create "a tribute to deep purple's machine head." well if not i
truly feel sorry for you. the original album was created by rock's heaviest
band, churning out dense, crushing slabs of metallic fury. machine head was
purple's definitive moment, a powerful and seamless document of a classic band
at its peak. and this tribute does deep purple all the justice in the world.

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