Pacific Ridge Emma Lou Diemer
Navona Records

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"pacific ridge" is a work of musical art by emma lou diemer that showers us with classical roots and forms to her own will. emma and her orchestra performs musical truth with consise truths.

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Doctor's Orders Don Rigsby
Rebel Records

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"doctors orders: a tribute to ralph stanley" is a classic album by don rigsby, and there's no mistaking the passion inside the discipline of their bluegrass art. don rigsby and great musicians, including ricky skaggs and the one and only ralph stanley himself are surely drawing on their tumultuous relationships and experiences for incredible inspirations.

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Dawai in Paradise Dewa Budjana
Moon June Records

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so, you've never heard an incredible indonesian guitarist? well, here's your chance. "dawai in paradise" most stunning thing is the impressionist voltage included. dewa budjana  provides intensely personal accusations with sounds as high as stiletto sharp spirals.

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Get It! Tinsley Ellis
Heartfixer Music

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if we know our music, and i know we do, we know that tinsley ellis is not only a soulful blues vocalist. he is also a master of the guitar which can't stop wrestling with blues combinations and rhythmic approaches. on "get it!" tinsley and his band play the blues right, with a romantic promise and a hint of doom.

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Backup Plan Hero Jr.
Pavement PR

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there's a volcanic force inside the debut album by hero jr. evan haughey snarls with an assertiveness you've rarely heard in rock music. and "backup plan" hits you with rock's frenzied moments, preaching, guitar howling and powerful chanting.

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Hokulea Aomusic
Arcturian Gate

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this glorious album, entitled "hokulea" is a creation in the aomusic group, featuring miriam stockley. they thoroughly challenge and transform commercial laws and artistic conventions. they master serene melody and serene chord progressions. what else can an artist do.

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Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmare The Delta Routine
Pavement PR

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the beat on the delta routine's sophomore album is unstoppably sultry. the vocals by nick amadeus on "cigarettes & caffeine nightmares" make this one great album, with him spitting syllables in a tongue-twisting, rap-singing style that only he could have invented. this is a "must buy" record.

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People Music Christian McBride & Inside Straight
Mack Avenue

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"people music" is the sophomore album by the unique acoustic quintet, christian mcbride, bassist, & inside staight review. they create a remarkable record that's very graceful. there's a plain-spoken faith in the power of the world, united in imagination to repair and change itself.

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Where to? Kiddo
Vaziva Music

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kiddo knocks out folk and rock, struggling with the big stuff--hard work, love and death--and having a great time along the way. since i'm a forty-seven year veteran of new york city, her latest home, she may say she's from paris, but my soul says she's an angel from heaven. check this record out.

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Future Memory Steven Savage
Danforth Music

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keyboardist stephen savage titled his debut album "future memory." the glorious creation balance gentle piano strings and a summer breeze. the sound is echo-emphasized with a fundamental humanity.

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We Partyin' Traditional Style! Kermit Ruffins
Basin Street Records

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with glowing guitar licks and his supple horn and his low register kermit ruffins brings us down to "the big easy" like no one else around. "we partyin' traditional style!" pushes that voice into hot gospel here, into some real blues there. he teases the words "love," "dream" and "scream" into micro-dramas. it's the beginning, and the end, of a great partnership.

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Lock My Heart Heather Masse and Dick Hyman
Red House Records

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lyrically, "lock my heart" is a purely heartfelt album. heather masse, the vocalist, and dick hyman, the pianist, combine and come to grips with the next reality of her life, and surrender totally to what's coming  next. a "must buy" album.

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Burn Like A Field Stone Blind Valentine
Self-Release

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"burn like a field" is a special bluegrass/country album by emily hurd's new band, stone blind valentine, that epitomizes her mission: to put adults in touch with their inner selves.

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Rock 'n' Roll Revival Loverboy
Frontiers Records

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loverboy brings back the great old days, with mike reno and paul dean punching out their great hard rock sound. "rock 'n' roll revival" has their rounded-edges approach that's ready for the road. the guitar-driven sound is ready for the radio,  as well. they better be doing great, or this former editor of "hit parader" is gonna kick some ass.

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All Things Possible Mark Schultz
Fair Trade

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it feels like mark schultz has seen hell up and close during the past decades, but he sings, on "all things possible", with renewed strength and even sweetness in these songs of tough times.

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Delta Machine Depeche Mode
Columbia

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this once obscure artsy-synth band, depeche mode, brought electronic music to the mainstream. with "delta machine" they strengthen their catchy hooks, instantly danceable rhythms, and obtuse world-weary lyrics. they are simple and groundbreaking, and may they stick with us forever.

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In the Time of Gods Dar Williams
Razor & Tie Recordings

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there are always great musical explorers, and they explain why they lose with superb conviction. the most uncharacteristly expansive moment is when the one and only dar williams creates her fragile acoustic rockers with soft keys and angelic backing vocals in her latest album, "in the time of gods." she throws her best killer party, just her and an old friend sitting in her bedroom, listening to songs about heaven.

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Lifer Ricky Byrd
Kayos

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the former blackheart guitarist, as in joan jett & the blackhearts, ricky byrd, whacks us with an album that is a rock of action--nothing but action. with "lifer" ricky byrd leaves us barely room to breath, much less sing along, in these vicious twists and blitzkrieg segues.

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A Tribute to Miriam Makeba Lorraine Klaasen
Justin Time

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all my questions and fears about the future are answered by soweto-born vocalist lorraine klaasen, as she pays tribute to "mama africa" in her extraordinary album, "a tribute to miriam makeba." she belts what the fans have been waiting for: a clash-worthy guitar-rant full of righteous fury, under the cover of blinding-light soul. lorraine klaasen creates the impossible--she has brought miriam makeba back into our lives.

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The 20/20 Experience Justin Timberlake
RCA

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justin timberlake has kept his nasty funk rhythm with his breathy tenor on "the 20/20 experience." with lyrics of tender understanding here, full-on booty calls there, the cool dude has kept his high level. and that's saying something.

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Darn That Dream Neil Alexander
P-Dog Records

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"darn that dream: solo piano vol.1" captures that timeless gift of healing.
neil alexander and his piano captures an enduring hymn of solace and
promise and carries us through extreme grief to healing.

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