Reincarnated Snoop Lion
RCA / Red

Author:
john shelton ivany

so he changed his name. big deal. many great men and women have. snoop
lion's "reincarnated" is the glow of a remarable disciplned artist. can you dig it. here's lion completely dedicated to his craft. his sound has change, but that gentle rap is right there. there's a different texture, and it's
stronger.

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Live at Royal Albert Hall 2011 B.B. King
Universal / Shout Factory!

Author:
john shelton ivany

b.b.king has done everything a bluesman can do, and he's done it
extraordinarily well. he's a great singer, a great guitarist and he has written dozens of classic songs. when he played "live at royal albert hall 2011" with a bunch of pals he had a dreat time. but when he knocked out "the thrill is gone" and "rocl me baby" he showed all the the amateurs what a real bluesman can do.

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Patty Griffin American Kid
New West

Author:
john shelton ivany

it's always been difficult to sing in the style of patty griffin--singing
itself is a snapshot of a particular moment. creating "american kid" is an
innate jewel that she's lucky enough to own, rather than a machine she would struggle to unveil. this album and patty griffin are naturals.

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Twelve Reasons to Die Ghostface Killah & Adrienne Younge
Soul Temple / RED Distribution

Author:
john shelton ivany

as if needing to polish his legendary status to a further ostentatious luster, ghostface killah and adrian younge's comic book inspired "twelve reasons to die" recently dropped with some gravity, pulling along with it an alternative version of the album as well as an actual comic. perhaps ghostface killah's loyal following may in fact prefer the alternative tape produced by apollo brown--of "dice game" fame--for its' powerful samples and classic beats. yet, the intentionally cinematic aesthetic of the original version draws you into a delirium, such that you get the impression that you should pop some kernels. the narrative and the kendo-masked dramatis personae on the album cover elicits some kind of mash-up of spaghetti westerns, tarantino, kurosawa, and jarmusch's ghostdog; although similar themes can be found in other works by wu-tang members, (poignantly, the rza, the executive producer on this record, produced the score for ghostdog), one might be forgiven for initially having any doubts in this uncanny intertwining. Still, the whole of the album is refreshingly cohesive--the raps flowing into the arpeggiated baroque keyboards like melting butter--such that even single-junkies should listen all the way through.

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#willpower will.i.am
will.i.am / Interscope

Author:
john shelton ivany

also known as one of the founding members of black eyed peas, will.i.am has
released his fourth solo album, "#willpower." instead of pointing fingers
at a particular flaw of culture, the songs tear down the entire decrepit
thing. the man declares that all is vanity, hypocrisy and phony propaganda. amen brother.

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Trouble Man Marvin Gaye
Motown Records

Author:
john shelton ivany

from r & b star to soul-music giant to pop icon, the stature of marvin gaye has risen over the years. a creative visionary few artists in any genre can approach the man's accomplishments. and the double-disc of 1972s "trouble man" takes you on another spectacular trip.

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The Fools on Every Corner Mike Cooley
Cooley Records

Author:
john shelton ivany

mike cooley is one of the voices of drive-by truckers. his solo album, "the fools on every corner" is one of a kind. the beauty of the experience is sitting in a living room hearing his music. that was my entertainment tonight. it was very surreal.

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On a Mission The Avengers
Gudari Records

Author:
john shelton ivany

on a mission" is an album that's something to behold. the sneer by belodo,
the lead guitarist of the avengers, turns wine into vinegar. it's a black
eye. the pugilism on display cracks open songwriting for years and leaves the listener on the canvas.

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I Love You. The Neighborhood
Columbia

Author:
john shelton ivany

"i love you" is an sos from the heart of darkness. the neighborhood's debut
album is a powerful howl through a catalogue of disasters, both real and
imagined.

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Trouble Will Find Me The National
4AD

Author:
john shelton ivany

i talk to many people who sing perfectly in a technical sense who don't
understand matt berninger, singer/songwriter of the national. what he does is so complex. on "trouble will find me" his sense of pitch and melody are so sophisticated. his vocals are perfect, flawless in their own way. and the
message breaks your heart.

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I Love Hate You Claude Hay
128 Records

Author:
john shelton ivany

"i love hate you" is the opener and his most personal examination of hurt
and nostalgia by the one and only claude hay. his lyrics shifts between
confession and critique, and his acute references to past experience which evoke a time of both utopian and broken promises. a "must buy" album.

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That's When the Blues Begins Ruff Kutt Blues Band
Vizzone Label Group

Author:
john shelton ivany

"that's when the blues begins" is an album where every line in it is
actually the start of a whole new new song. when the ruff kutt blues band wrote the record and zac harmon and the late finis tasby sang it they must have thought they wouldn't have any more time to write and sing anymore. so they put all they had all into this album.

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"Ballads. . .mostly" Marlene Ver Planck
Audiophile

Author:
john shelton ivany

the funk/soul/jazz band led by merlene ver planck singing "ballads...mostly" feed your dreams and give old sounding hits sleek modern
makeovers, without sacrificing an ounce of warmth.

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A Different Time John Medeski
Sony Masterworks

Author:
john shelton ivany

"a different time" is not only the first release by john modeski but the first release by okeh, the newly re-launched label. the keyboard master sounds as if he's played these songs many times, in many ways. he can rarely stray from the crossroads where emotional truths meet the everlasting comfort of the music.

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Worlds Put Together Matt Parker
BYNK Records

Author:
john shelton ivany

matt parker's debut album by the spectacular tenor saxophonist is entitled
"worlds put together." we feel his early instance of him grappling with the
end of time, a topic that comes into much of his work. but the tumbling sounds culminate, not in catastrophe, but the artist feeling his task: to play out against fear wherever he feel it.

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For the Love of Abby Marc Cary
Motema

Author:
john shelton ivany

marc cary offers solace to abbey lincoln, telling her everything will
turn out fine.

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Buffalo Gooding
S3 Records

Author:
john shelton ivany

"buffalo" is written as vengeance, but sung as regret. and three brothers,
the gooding boys, with gooding singing lead, never reveals the women that
he's indicting. the record is about his lessons in romance: the giving, taking and leaving.

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Marshall Lawrence House Call
CD Baby

Author:
john shelton ivany

"doctor of the blues" marshall lawrence created this album, entitled
"house call." i'm sure he doesn't know how he created these songs." try to sit down and write something like that. i did it once. and i can do other things. but i can't do that.

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Signed and Sealed in Blood Dropkick Murphys
Born and Bred Records

Author:
john shelton ivany

the dropkick murphys released the monstrous album entitled "signed and sealed in blood" where they pound and leer hellfire that turns the music into a blasphemous ode to pure lust.

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Wait 'Til We're Young The Bolts
Musebox

Author:
john shelton ivany

"wait 'til we're young" sounds like it was written while the bolts were
driving around aimlessly, worried about their wildman ways--unable to control them. there is no way to be in that hell, no way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns!

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Life & Death Blowsight
Eclipse Records

Author:
john shelton ivany

blowsight's "life & death" is an album that sounds like a runaway train. what's great about their music is how the passenger identifies with what they are saying and playing. i go crazy every time i play it.

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